The Fool Looks Ahead

There's never a dull week on Wall Street. Let's go over some of the news that will shape the week to come.

The new trading week kicks off with Dollar General (NYS: DG) and Pep Boys (NYS: PBY) posting quarterly results.

The thrift-store operator and chain of auto-repair shops have little in common, but analysts do see both companies posting moderate earnings improvement.

Hooker Furniture (NAS: HOFT) pulls up a chair on Tuesday. The upholstered-furniture importer hit a rough patch recently. It went on a nasty streak where it badly missed Wall Street's bottom-line targets for five consecutive quarters, but Hooker bounced back three months ago.

Let's see if it can keep the new streak going.

Conn's (NAS: CONN) rings up its latest financials on Wednesday. Consumer electronics isn't a pretty place to be these days. Folks are buying gadgets online, and light media is getting a digital makeover. However, the pros do see Conn's cranking out a profit of $0.16 a share in its latest quarter, reversing a year-ago loss.

Conn's heading in the right direction on its income statement, but not so much for Smith & Wesson (NAS: SWHC) . The gun maker is forecasted to fire off a small deficit, reversing a modest profit during the same quarter last year.

The trading week wraps up with only a small number of companies on the earnings stage, with Titan Machinery (NAS: TITN) and Ferrellgas Partners (NYS: FGP) leading the way. Both companies are pegged to post improving bottom-line results, though in Ferrellgas' case, the propane gas and equipment distributor is simply expected to post a narrower deficit.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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