NVE (Nasdaq: NVEC) is expected to report Q3 earnings around Jan. 16. 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 NVE's revenues will increase 9.8% and EPS will expand 23.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $6.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.

Revenue details
Last quarter, NVE chalked up revenue of $5.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 12% lower than the prior-year quarter's $6.6 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 $0.50. GAAP EPS of $0.50 for Q2 were 3.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 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 72.4%, 690 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 51.5%, 450 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 42.0%, 330 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $28.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.50.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 278 members out of 374 rating the stock outperform, and 96 members rating it underperform. Among 96 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 49 give NVE a green thumbs-up, and 47 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on NVE is buy, with an average price target of $63.00.

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