MDU Resources Group (NYSE: MDU) is expected to report Q3 earnings around 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 MDU Resources Group's revenues will grow 0.4% and EPS will increase 14.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.16 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.

Revenue details
Last quarter, MDU Resources Group chalked up revenue of $968.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 4.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $930.8 million.

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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.18. GAAP EPS of $0.29 for Q2 were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.24 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 22.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.6%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $4.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.18.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 242 members out of 254 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 58 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 54 give MDU Resources Group a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on MDU Resources Group is hold, with an average price target of $23.38.

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