Manitowoc (NYSE: MTW) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Nov. 5. 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 Manitowoc's revenues will expand 12.2% and EPS will expand 61.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.05 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.29.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Manitowoc reported revenue of $1.01 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $949.8 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, EPS came in at $0.32. GAAP EPS of $0.32 for Q2 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.02 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 24.8%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.8%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.2%, 390 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.98 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.83.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,720 members out of 1,772 rating the stock outperform, and 52 members rating it underperform. Among 412 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 409 give Manitowoc a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Manitowoc is outperform, with an average price target of $16.73.

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