Darling International (NYSE: DAR) is expected to report Q3 earnings around Nov. 9. 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 Darling International's revenues will wane -2.5% and EPS will wither -11.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $444.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.31.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Darling International logged revenue of $436.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 7.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $470.6 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 $0.31. GAAP EPS of $0.31 for Q2 were 30% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 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 28.1%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.6%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.3%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.21.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,159 members out of 1,188 rating the stock outperform, and 29 members rating it underperform. Among 269 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 264 give Darling International a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Darling International is outperform, with an average price target of $19.69.

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