Vectren (NYSE: VVC) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 31. 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 Vectren's revenues will grow 8.2% and EPS will shrink -3.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $509.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.30.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Vectren tallied revenue of $700.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $604.6 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 $0.61. GAAP EPS of $0.61 for Q1 were 1.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.62 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 58.1%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.2%, 300 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.1%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.35 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.98.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 89 members out of 94 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 26 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 24 give Vectren a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Vectren is outperform, with an average price target of $33.20.

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