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 first trading day of the week kicks off with NQ Mobile reporting quarterly results. The Chinese provider of mobile Internet services has been on fire lately. Earlier this summer it rattled off the rare feat of closing higher for 14 consecutive trading days.
There's heady growth to be had, and analysts see NQ's revenue nearly doubling for the period. Earnings aren't growing as quickly, but you won't find too many companies complaining of the 43% bottom-line growth that Wall Street's targeting here.
ExOne arrived fashionably late to the 3-D printing party, but it's making up for lost time. Shares of ExOne have more than tripled since the company went public earlier this year priced at $18 a share. ExOne is smaller than the poster children of 3-D printing that soared in 2012, shipping only a handful of its 3-D printers last year.
ExOne also isn't profitable the way that its larger peers are at the moment, but that should change in the coming quarters.
Pinnacle Foods is on the menu come Wednesday. Pinnacle isn't a household name, but many of its brands are -- including Duncan Hines cake mixes, Vlasic pickles, and Mrs. Butterworth maple syrups. Pinnacle estimates that 85% of the country's households consume one of Pinnacle's food products.
Consumer-facing food companies have historically been seen as defensive stocks because of their slow yet consistent growth, but given the sector consolidation that's been taking place in recent years, this is certainly not a sleepy niche anymore.
Dangdang reports on Thursday morning. This isn't one of China's biggest e-commerce players, but it has become one of its first Internet retail specialists to go public.
Shares of Dangdang have been rallying lately, and earlier this month the stock popped into the double digits for the first time since April of last year. Its ability to sustain the recent gains will rest largely on Thursday's report.
Analysts see another quarterly loss on a 25% uptick in revenue.
Apple CEO Tim Cook hasn't been able to step into Steve Jobs' loafers the way investors would have liked, and that may become even more evident when Jobs -- the movie about the life of Apple's charismatic co-founder -- hits theaters on Friday.
Moviegoers will be curious if Ashton Kutcher can pull off his portrayal of Jobs, but Apple investors may get sentimental at a time when Apple's stock has been languishing without a head-turning product on the market.
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