What Does Wall Street See for Baidu's Q4?
Baidu (NAS: BIDU) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 4. 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 Baidu's revenues will increase 40.8% and EPS will expand 38.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $999.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.29.
Last quarter, Baidu booked revenue of $1.00 billion. GAAP reported sales were 52% higher than the prior-year quarter's $654.1 million.
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 $1.37. GAAP EPS of $1.37 for Q3 were 63% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.84 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 79.2%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 52.7%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 48.1%, 300 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.79.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,582 members out of 5,189 rating the stock outperform, and 607 members rating it underperform. Among 1,156 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,039 give Baidu a green thumbs-up, and 117 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Baidu is outperform, with an average price target of $163.94.
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