Wall Street This Week: New Streams, Turnip Greens
Monday -- Monday Night Lights
The opening weekend of the new NFL season culminates Monday night with Disney's (DIS) ESPN kicking off a new season of Monday Night Football. Disney's sports network has been making waves this summer after the media giant conceded that it suffered a sequential decline in ESPN subscribers.
That sent ripples through the ranks of media networks, with Disney and many of the leading players suffering double-digit percentage declines in August. ESPN will need to bounce back this quarter, and the NFL is well positioned to be a big part of the potential rebound.
Tuesday -- Kaling Calling
The fourth season of Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" returns Tuesday, but it won't be on Fox (FOX). The network canceled the show back in May after wrapping up its third season. That's when Hulu stepped up, offering to bankroll a fourth season of the sitcom.
That just goes to show that there's always new life for a cult fave if the right audience rallies behind the revival. Just as online streaming services gave us new seasons of "Arrested Development," "Longmire" and "Community," the Internet has come to save the day when network execs cancel some shows.
Wednesday -- Comfort Food
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL) hopes to be rocking like the chairs that line its front porches when it reports quarterly results Wednesday. The chain that specializes in Southern vittles served in rustic dining rooms with attached gift shops is one of the more unique concepts in the casual-dining industry.
Cracker Barrel's growing slowly these days, but profit margins are expanding. It also commands one of the better yields among eateries with its nearly 3 percent payout. Cracker Barrel has also beaten Wall Street's profit forecasts every single quarter over the past year, and that's a good sign as we head into Wednesday's report.
Thursday -- The Rite Stuff
One of the few companies reporting fresh financials Thursday will be Rite Aid (RAD). The once-struggling drugstore operator has turned things around. It was once mired in red ink and on the cusp of bankruptcy, but it has gone on to rattle off 11 consecutive profitable quarters.
Rite Aid will try to stretch that streak Thursday to an even dozen.
Friday -- You Can't Always Stream What You Want
It's not just Hulu streaming new content this week. Netflix (NFLX) -- the top dog with 65.5 million streaming subscribers worldwide -- is debuting a documentary Friday about legendary Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards.
"Keith Richards: Under the Influence" looks at the influences, songwriting process and musicianship of Richards as he records his first solo album in more than 20 years. The new record -- "Crosseyed Heart" -- will also be released Friday.
Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., Netflix, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool owns and recommends Netflix and Walt Disney. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days and check out our free report for one great stock to buy for 2015 and beyond.