Vulcan Materials (NYSE: VMC) is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 2. 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 Vulcan Materials's revenues will grow 0.7% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $539.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.35.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Vulcan Materials logged revenue of $608.4 million. GAAP reported sales were 1.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $614.6 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at -$0.28. GAAP EPS were $0.02 for Q4 compared to -$0.22 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 13.0%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.7%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.6%, 510 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.10.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 438 members out of 489 rating the stock outperform, and 51 members rating it underperform. Among 144 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 133 give Vulcan Materials a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Vulcan Materials is outperform, with an average price target of $54.57.

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