General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 24. 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 General Dynamics's revenues will compress -2.6% and EPS will drop -7.9%.

The average estimate for revenue is $7.72 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.63.

Revenue details
Last quarter, General Dynamics logged revenue of $7.40 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $7.58 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, EPS came in at $1.62. GAAP EPS of $1.62 for Q1 were 3.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.57 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 18.3%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.7%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $31.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.75.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,272 members out of 1,342 rating the stock outperform, and 70 members rating it underperform. Among 353 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 337 give General Dynamics a green thumbs-up, and 16 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on General Dynamics is outperform, with an average price target of $75.31.

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