Alon USA Energy (NYS: ALJ) 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 Alon USA Energy's revenues will increase 2.8% and EPS will turn positive

The average estimate for revenue is $1.94 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.57.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Alon USA Energy reported revenue of $2.36 billion. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.04 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 $0.84. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q3 were 50% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.46 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 7.6%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.0%, much about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.8%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.97.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 371 members out of 392 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 101 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 96 give Alon USA Energy a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Alon USA Energy is hold, with an average price target of $12.80.

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