Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) is expected to report Q4 earnings around 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 Exxon Mobil's revenues will grow 3.5% and EPS will expand 2.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $125.92 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.02.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Exxon Mobil booked revenue of $115.71 billion. GAAP reported sales were 7.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $111.99 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 $2.09. GAAP EPS of $2.08 for Q3 were 2.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.13 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 28.1%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.8%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.3%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $466.50 billion. The average EPS estimate is $7.88.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 7,861 members out of 8,350 rating the stock outperform, and 489 members rating it underperform. Among 1,789 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,716 give Exxon Mobil a green thumbs-up, and 73 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Exxon Mobil is outperform, with an average price target of $93.94.

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