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It’s Showtime for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 21. 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 Wal-Mart’s revenues will grow 4.5% and EPS will grow 9.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $127.78 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.57.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Wal-Mart chalked up revenue of $113.20 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.4% higher than the prior-year quarter’s $110.23 billion.

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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 $1.08. GAAP EPS of $1.08 for Q3 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter’s $0.97 per share.

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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 24.9%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year’s average estimate for revenue is $467.84 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.92.

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This article was written by Seth Jayson from The Motley Fool.  This article was originally published on fool.com.  Seth Jayson and The Motley Fool have no position in any of the stocks mentioned at time of publication.