It's Showtime for Walt Disney

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Walt Disney (NYS: DIS) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Nov. 8. 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 Walt Disney's revenues will grow 4.6% and EPS will grow 15.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $10.90 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.68.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Walt Disney chalked up revenue of $11.09 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $10.68 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 $1.01. GAAP EPS of $1.01 for Q3 were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.77 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 26.7%, 380 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.7%, 380 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.5%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $42.45 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.08.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 5,109 members out of 5,449 rating the stock outperform, and 340 members rating it underperform. Among 1,488 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,434 give Walt Disney a green thumbs-up, and 54 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Walt Disney is outperform, with an average price target of $49.44.

The article It's Showtime for Walt Disney originally appeared on Fool.com.

Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. TMFDisclosureHere

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