CSX (NYSE: CSX) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 22. 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 CSX's revenues will contract -3.3% and EPS will shrink -9.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.85 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.

Revenue details
Last quarter, CSX notched revenue of $2.89 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.96 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 $0.44. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q3 were 2.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.43 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 38.8%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 29.5%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.7%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $11.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.74.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,032 members out of 2,105 rating the stock outperform, and 73 members rating it underperform. Among 480 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 469 give CSX a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CSX is outperform, with an average price target of $25.98.

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