Wall Street This Week: Game Time, Musk's Day to Shine
Monday -- Kissing LeapFrog Doesn't Leave You with a Prince
LeapFrog (LF) seemed to have struck lighting in a bottle -- again -- three years ago with the introduction of the LeapPad. The learning tablet cashed in on the iPad craze, even if the much cheaper LeapPad was very limited in what it was able to do beyond playing LeapFrog's educational software.
The low-end market has gotten even more competitive with cheap Android tablets, making it harder for LeapFrog to generate the same kind of buzz that made the original LeapPad (and earlier LeapFrog electronic learning toys) so popular. LeapFrog reports on Monday afternoon, and it's expected to post a widening quarterly deficit on a sharp drop in revenue.
Tuesday -- Game On
The video game industry seemed to have found new life when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were introduced, but strong hardware sales haven't carried over into the developers making games. More than 12 million Xbox One and PS4 consoles combined have been shipped to retailers, but diehard gamers aren't buying as many games as they used to in the past.
%VIRTUAL-article-sponsoredlinks%We'll get a great snapshot of the video game software market when Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI) report. The two largest video game publishers will report after the market closes on Tuesday, offering up recent sales trends but also their best reads on where the industry is heading later this year. They better come up big, or else diehard investors won't be pushing the "continue?" button.
If you're looking for a deal on Tuesday, warm up to a teacher. Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is offering a "buy one get one free" to all teachers, faculty, and staff presenting a valid school ID. It's part of Teacher Appreciation Day. The BOGO deal runs from 4 p.m. through the burrito chain's closing on Tuesday, so don't even think about playing hooky.
Wednesday -- Musk on Parade
Elon Musk has become an icon for investors after Tesla Motors (TSLA) has been one of the market's hottest stocks over the past two years. Musk is also a guiding force in solar energy solutions provider SolarCity (SCTY). Musk will be busy come Wednesday afternoon as that's when both companies will host their quarterly earnings call.
Tesla Motors and Solar City are all about cleaner energy sources, but Tesla has been the more successful investment of the two.
Thursday -- There's Always Something on TV
We live in interesting times to be a broadcaster. CBS (CBS) and AMC Networks (AMCX) know this all too well. It's now no longer a matter of just trying to program shows that folks want to watch. CBS and AMC Networks have to decide what to make available as streaming content through third parties. They also have to figure out if the best model for the future will be to remain a free ad-supported platform or one that relies on cable subscribers to pay monthly fees. It's a trick question. They rely on both revenue streams to a certain extent. They still need to get the balance right.
CBS and AMC Networks report on Thursday. Investors may tune in live, or they can stream the conference call later on their time.
Friday -- High Steaks
Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) may have one of the hokiest names in the casual dining space, but it's hard to deny the appeal of Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carrabba's. Bloomin' Brands now watches over more than 1,500 eatery locations. It also will report quarterly results on Friday morning.
Analysts are holding out for a mixed showing. They see revenue climbing 6 percent but earnings per share declining by 6 percent. Given the choppy results that we've seen out of most restaurant chains this earnings season, one can never be too careful heading into any eatery's report.
Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Activision Blizzard, AMC Networks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, LeapFrog Enterprises, SolarCity and Tesla Motors. The Motley Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard, Chipotle Mexican Grill, LeapFrog Enterprises, SolarCity and Tesla Motors.