The Fool Looks Ahead

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 market is closed for trading on Monday. It is Labor Day, after all.

The short trading week kicks off on Tuesday with Pike Electric reporting fresh financials.

Pike provides energy solutions for electric and communication infrastructure to more than 300 utilities. But don't confuse Pike with actual utilities. There are no meaty yields here. Pike has, however, been known to deliver superior growth from time to time. Analysts see revenue climbing 18% in what will be its fiscal fourth quarter when it reports on Tuesday afternoon.

FuelCell Energy hopes to fuel the market on Wednesday. The maker of fuel-cell power plants -- with more than 50 of its Direct FuelCell plants worldwide -- is expected to post another quarterly loss, but the key here is that analysts see it losing just half as much as it did a year earlier.

FuelCell will report after Wednesday's market close, but investors will have to wait until Thursday morning to hear the company discuss the financials in its quarterly call.

Smith & Wesson
is in the market's crosshairs on Thursday.

The company was on a roll this year, but the shares have fallen 18% since peaking in early August. Fears that tightening gun-control laws would be enacted -- sending folks scrambling for weaponry ahead of ban -- have subsided, for the most part. That doesn't mean growth has gone away, though, as analysts are betting on seeing revenue and earnings climb by better than 20% for the quarter.

The market will be quiet on Friday, but one of the few companies stepping up on the earnings stage will be SHFL Entertainment . The casino equipment maker -- which was known as ShuffleMaster before changing its name to reflect its broader portfolio beyond its automatic card shufflers -- won't have a lot to say. In fact, it won't even host a conference call.

The reason? SHFL agreed to be acquired by Bally earlier this summer, so it doesn't have anyone to win over. It'll just be divulging its financials for what should be its last quarter as a public company.

Once again, the house wins.

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