Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 25. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Sherwin-Williams's revenues will grow 7.1% and EPS will grow 28.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.66 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.19.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Sherwin-Williams recorded revenue of $2.57 billion. GAAP reported sales were 9.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.35 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $2.17. GAAP EPS of $2.17 for Q2 were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.66 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 44.7%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.1%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.9%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $9.62 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.38.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 429 members out of 480 rating the stock outperform, and 51 members rating it underperform. Among 176 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 162 give Sherwin-Williams a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sherwin-Williams is hold, with an average price target of $124.64.

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