Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 31. 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 Thermo Fisher Scientific's revenues will increase 0.4% and EPS will grow 8.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $3.15 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.28.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Thermo Fisher Scientific booked revenue of $3.09 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.93 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 $1.19. GAAP EPS of $0.80 for Q3 were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 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 42.2%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.6%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.4%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $12.40 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.85.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 552 members out of 573 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 183 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 181 give Thermo Fisher Scientific a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Thermo Fisher Scientific is outperform, with an average price target of $64.21.

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