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 Lowe's (NYS: LOW) reporting its quarterly results on Monday. The country's second-largest home-improvement chain has a hard act to follow. Its orange apron-donning rival reported a week earlier, checking in with healthy comps and strong bottom-line growth.

If an unseasonably warm end to the winter season was good for one chain, it follows that Lowe's should also come through with reasonable growth.

NetApp (NAS: NTAP) checks in on Tuesday. Analysts see the networked-storage-solutions specialist earning $0.63 a share in its latest quarter, ahead of the $0.59 it posted a year earlier.

Synopsys (NAS: SNPS) reports on Wednesday. The software developer that tests and develops chips has met or exceeded Wall Street's profit targets over the past year, so it shouldn't have a problem nailing the $0.55 a share the pros see this time around.

(NYS: EJ) reports its latest financials on Thursday. China's real estate bubble is a problem, and it's apparently holding back the popular real estate agency. E-House is expected to post a deficit for its latest quarter, reversing a year-ago profit.

The final trading day of the week is usually quiet, especially ahead of a holiday weekend. But America's Car Mart (NAS: CRMT) will still be sticking around. The used-car retailer will release its latest quarterly report on Thursday night, but there's a conference call with analysts on Friday morning to make sure the company isn't a lemon.

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