NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Mills (GIS) - Get Report stock is declining 0.27% to $65.96 in early-afternoon trading on Monday ahead of the food manufacturer's fiscal 2016 fourth quarter financial report, due out on Wednesday before the market open.
The Minneapolis-based Cheerios maker is expected to deliver a year-over-year decline in earnings per share and revenue, but some analysts believe the estimates could be conservative.
Wall Street is anticipating earnings of 60 cents per share on revenue of $3.86 billion for the latest quarter, compared with earnings of 75 cents per share on revenue of $4.3 billion for the same quarter last year.
Credit Suisse analysts believe General Mills could beat estimates because of improving cereal sales and cost saving initiatives.
"There are a lot of headwinds and tailwinds to consider in 4Q, but at the end of the day we find the $0.60 implied by management's guidance (down $0.15 year-over-year) highly conservative," analysts wrote in a recent note.
Separately, General Mills has a "buy" rating and a letter grade of A at TheStreet Ratings because of the company's solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share.
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