Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 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 Dow Chemical's revenues will grow 1.1% and EPS will expand 1.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $14.88 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Dow Chemical logged revenue of $13.92 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $14.10 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 $0.33. GAAP EPS were -$0.61 for Q4 compared to -$0.02 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 14.4%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.1%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -4.5%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $58.86 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.34.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,094 members out of 2,225 rating the stock outperform, and 131 members rating it underperform. Among 598 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 582 give Dow Chemical 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 Dow Chemical is hold, with an average price target of $32.63.

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