Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report Q1 earnings on Feb. 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 Tyson Foods's revenues will grow 3.2% and EPS will compress -2.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $8.59 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.41.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Tyson Foods booked revenue of $8.37 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.40 billion.

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 $0.55. GAAP EPS of $0.64 for Q4 were 156% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.25 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 6.8%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.0%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.2%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $34.57 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.85.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 285 members out of 355 rating the stock outperform, and 70 members rating it underperform. Among 99 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 86 give Tyson Foods a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Tyson Foods is hold, with an average price target of $18.25.

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