FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 25. 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 FirstEnergy's revenues will grow 17.8% and EPS will grow 5.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $4.60 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.81.

Revenue details
Last quarter, FirstEnergy booked revenue of $4.30 billion. GAAP reported sales were 8.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.58 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 $1.11. GAAP EPS of $1.01 for Q3 were 20% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.27 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 55.0%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.7%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.1%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $16.82 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.34.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 364 members out of 385 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 95 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 87 give FirstEnergy a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on FirstEnergy is hold, with an average price target of $47.72.

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