Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Nov. 9. 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 Agilent Technologies's revenues will increase 1.6% and EPS will shrink -4.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.76 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.80.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Agilent Technologies reported revenue of $1.72 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.69 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 $0.79. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q3 were 25% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.92 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 51.7%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.4%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.1%, 540 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $6.85 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.06.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 502 members out of 573 rating the stock outperform, and 71 members rating it underperform. Among 121 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 113 give Agilent Technologies a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Agilent Technologies is buy, with an average price target of $51.03.

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