Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 29. 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 Peabody Energy's revenues will wane -14.2% and EPS will wane -79.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.93 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.26.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Peabody Energy logged revenue of $2.06 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.98 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 $0.51. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q3 were 84% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.00 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 26.7%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.0%, 550 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.1%, 1,170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.02 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.05.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,996 members out of 2,084 rating the stock outperform, and 88 members rating it underperform. Among 384 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 367 give Peabody Energy a green thumbs-up, and 17 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Peabody Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $31.15.

Is Peabody Energy the right energy stock for you? Read about a handful of timely, profit-producing plays on expensive crude in "3 Stocks for $100 Oil." Click here for instant access to this free report.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.