MetroPCS Communications (NYSE: PCS) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 26. 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 MetroPCS Communications's revenues will grow 3.7% and EPS will compress -56.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.28 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.11.

Revenue details
Last quarter, MetroPCS Communications reported revenue of $1.26 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.21 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 $0.38. GAAP EPS of $0.52 for Q3 were 174% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.19 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 49.3%, 950 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 23.3%, 850 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.3%, 950 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.04.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 442 members out of 484 rating the stock outperform, and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 86 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 70 give MetroPCS Communications a green thumbs-up, and 16 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on MetroPCS Communications is hold, with an average price target of $9.32.

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