BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 17. 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 BlackRock's revenues will grow 11.9% and EPS will grow 20.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.49 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $3.68.

Revenue details
Last quarter, BlackRock reported revenue of $2.32 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.23 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 $3.47. GAAP EPS of $3.65 for Q3 were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.23 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 53.5%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 37.7%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 27.7%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $9.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $13.40.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 458 members out of 504 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 146 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 136 give BlackRock a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on BlackRock is outperform, with an average price target of $205.11.

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