Dover (NYSE: DOV) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 24. 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 Dover's revenues will wane -0.2% and EPS will shrink 0.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.00 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.07.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Dover booked revenue of $2.21 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.14 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 $1.30. GAAP EPS of $1.31 for Q3 were 42% higher 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 38.4%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.9%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.9%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.51.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 289 members out of 301 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 106 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 106 give Dover a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Dover is outperform, with an average price target of $69.44.

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