Sony (NYSE: SNE) is expected to report Q2 earnings on Nov. 1. 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 Sony's revenues will increase 4.0% and EPS will compress -161.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $21.25 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.21.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Sony reported revenue of $18.96 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $18.54 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 -$0.31. GAAP EPS were -$0.31 for Q1 against -$0.19 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 21.6%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -0.7%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.6%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $84.30 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.08.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,196 members out of 1,690 rating the stock outperform, and 494 members rating it underperform. Among 367 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 223 give Sony a green thumbs-up, and 144 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sony is hold, with an average price target of $17.24.

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