HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA) is expected to report Q1 earnings around Feb. 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 HCA Holdings's revenues will grow 1.8% and EPS will compress -23.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $9.36 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.90.

Revenue details
Last quarter, HCA Holdings chalked up revenue of $8.43 billion. GAAP reported sales were 73% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.51 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 $0.91. GAAP EPS of $0.68 for Q4 were 84% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.25 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 43.7%, 3,140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.3%, 1,060 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 3,180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $37.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.23.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 61 members out of 68 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 23 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 22 give HCA Holdings a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on HCA Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $35.93.

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