Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 31. 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 Xcel Energy's revenues will grow 14.1% and EPS will shrink -3.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.93 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.28.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Xcel Energy logged revenue of $2.72 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.83 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.78. GAAP EPS of $0.81 for Q3 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.69 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 41.4%, 420 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.4%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.6%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $10.60 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.81.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Xcel Energy is hold, with an average price target of $29.27.

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