United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 23. 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 United Technologies's revenues will increase 11.1% and EPS will shrink -23.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $16.63 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.03.

Revenue details
Last quarter, United Technologies tallied revenue of $15.04 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $14.24 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 $1.37. GAAP EPS of $1.56 for Q3 were 6.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.47 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 26.9%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.2%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $57.87 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.33.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,549 members out of 1,609 rating the stock outperform, and 60 members rating it underperform. Among 440 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 432 give United 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 United Technologies is outperform, with an average price target of $92.26.

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