Western Union (NYSE: WU) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 30. 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 Western Union's revenues will drop -3.8% and EPS will compress -26.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.37 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.34.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Western Union notched revenue of $1.33 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.39 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 $0.37. GAAP EPS of $0.37 for Q1 were 7.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.40 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 42.8%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 23.0%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.0%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.43.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,563 members out of 1,616 rating the stock outperform, and 53 members rating it underperform. Among 461 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 450 give Western Union 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 Western Union is hold, with an average price target of $16.16.

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