The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Wal-Mart's revenues will expand 3.4% and EPS will grow 5.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $116.06 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.15.
Last quarter, Wal-Mart booked revenue of $127.10 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $123.17 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.67. GAAP EPS of $1.68 for Q4 were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.50 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 24.9%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.7%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.4%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $489.66 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.35.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 6,281 members out of 7,059 rating the stock outperform, and 778 members rating it underperform. Among 1,717 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,601 give Wal-Mart a green thumbs-up, and 116 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Wal-Mart is outperform, with an average price target of $76.72.
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