OraSure Technologies (Nasdaq: OSUR) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Nov. 7. 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 OraSure Technologies's revenues will grow 2.5% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $22.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.08.

Revenue details
Last quarter, OraSure Technologies notched revenue of $22.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $19.1 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 -$0.07. GAAP EPS were -$0.07 for Q2 against -$0.05 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 65.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -15.7%, 330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -15.8%, 300 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $90.1 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 203 members out of 223 rating the stock outperform, and 20 members rating it underperform. Among 56 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 50 give OraSure Technologies a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on OraSure Technologies is outperform, with an average price target of $14.50.

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