After last quarter's awesome performance, Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has high expectations to live up to in Q3. Making matters more intense, the stock price is up 17% since the company last reported earnings. So you can bet the stakes are high.

In the video below, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks outlines four metrics for investors to watch when the company releases the numbers on Thursday.

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