Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 6. 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 Staples's revenues will grow 3.8% and EPS will grow 9.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $6.70 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.45.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Staples booked revenue of $6.35 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $6.48 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 $0.46. GAAP EPS were -$0.89 for Q3 against $0.46 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 27.6%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.9%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -9.4%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $24.67 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.38.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 911 members out of 1,004 rating the stock outperform, and 93 members rating it underperform. Among 314 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 289 give Staples a green thumbs-up, and 25 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Staples is hold, with an average price target of $12.94.

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