Joy Global (NYSE: JOY) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Dec. 12. 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 Joy Global's revenues will grow 6.3% and EPS will expand 5.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.42 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.92.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Joy Global reported revenue of $1.39 billion. GAAP reported sales were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.14 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 $1.82. GAAP EPS of $1.81 for Q3 were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.62 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 34.3%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.6%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.9%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.49 billion. The average EPS estimate is $7.12.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,625 members out of 1,665 rating the stock outperform, and 40 members rating it underperform. Among 353 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 341 give Joy Global a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Joy Global is outperform, with an average price target of $80.06.

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