Apple (NAS: AAPL) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Oct. 25. 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 Apple's revenues will increase 28.0% and EPS will grow 25.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $36.18 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $8.85.
Last quarter, Apple recorded revenue of $35.02 billion. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $28.57 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $9.32. GAAP EPS of $9.32 for Q3 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $7.79 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 42.8%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 33.0%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 25.2%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $157.12 billion. The average EPS estimate is $44.42.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 26,314 members out of 28,624 rating the stock outperform, and 2,310 members rating it underperform. Among 6,333 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 6,111 give Apple a green thumbs-up, and 222 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Apple is outperform, with an average price target of $746.15.
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