Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 24. 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 Union Pacific's revenues will expand 4.1% and EPS will grow 8.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $5.32 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.16.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Union Pacific booked revenue of $5.34 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.10 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 $2.19. GAAP EPS of $2.19 for Q3 were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.85 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 45.5%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 33.4%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 19.5%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $21.00 billion. The average EPS estimate is $8.25.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,307 members out of 1,353 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 371 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 362 give Union Pacific a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Union Pacific is outperform, with an average price target of $136.25.

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