Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 19. 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 Kansas City Southern's revenues will increase 6.1% and EPS will grow 9.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $578.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.85.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Kansas City Southern recorded revenue of $545.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 1.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $534.9 million.

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 $0.85. GAAP EPS of $1.09 for Q2 were 70% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.64 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 38.4%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 29.5%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 22.1%, 890 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.25 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.34.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 429 members out of 445 rating the stock outperform, and 16 members rating it underperform. Among 101 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 100 give Kansas City Southern a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Kansas City Southern is outperform, with an average price target of $80.07.