American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 6. 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 American Eagle Outfitters's revenues will increase 7.5% and EPS will grow 60.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.12 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.56.

Revenue details
Last quarter, American Eagle Outfitters reported revenue of $910.4 million. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $819.4 million.

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 $0.41. GAAP EPS of $0.39 for Q3 were 44% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.27 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 41.6%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.1%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.48 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.40.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,142 members out of 2,305 rating the stock outperform, and 163 members rating it underperform. Among 740 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 706 give American Eagle Outfitters a green thumbs-up, and 34 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on American Eagle Outfitters is outperform, with an average price target of $25.85.

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