Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) 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 Valero Energy's revenues will wane -6.3% and EPS will compress -638.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $32.49 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.13.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Valero Energy booked revenue of $34.73 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $33.48 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 $1.90. GAAP EPS of $1.21 for Q3 were 43% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.11 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 6.6%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.9%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.0%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $133.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.74.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,345 members out of 4,531 rating the stock outperform, and 186 members rating it underperform. Among 1,128 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,096 give Valero Energy a green thumbs-up, and 32 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Valero Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $35.63.

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