Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 18. 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 Chipotle Mexican Grill's revenues will expand 16.4% and EPS will grow 9.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $803.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.81.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Chipotle Mexican Grill notched revenue of $726.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $640.6 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, EPS came in at $2.45. GAAP EPS of $2.45 for Q1 were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.97 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 36.9%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.7%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $10.62.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,847 members out of 3,285 rating the stock outperform, and 438 members rating it underperform. Among 1,052 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 990 give Chipotle Mexican Grill a green thumbs-up, and 62 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Chipotle Mexican Grill is outperform, with an average price target of $333.57.

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