Wall Street This Week: SeaWorld Rebuilds, Homebuilders Build
Monday -- Splash Zone
There's no denying that SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) is a controversial name among theme park operators. The chain has struggled since the "Blackfish" documentary criticized SeaWorld for having killer whales in captivity.
CEO Joel Manby -- who joined the company earlier this year after leading the less controversial parent company of Dollywood -- has scheduled a presentation on Monday afternoon to offer up his vision for SeaWorld. Chances are slim that he will be announcing the release of orcas and dolphins into the wild, but it wouldn't be a surprise if his new strategy emphasizes the non-animal attractions.
Tuesday -- Home on the Range
Homebuilders will be in the spotlight Tuesday. Beazer Homes (BZH) and D.R. Horton (DHI) report their latest quarterly results Tuesday morning. The summer quarter appears to have gone well for both real estate developers. Analysts see both companies posting revenue growing in the double digits, with profitability growing even faster.
Wednesday -- Fried Chicken on the Menu
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI) reports Wednesday. The popular chain specializing in fried chicken, cajun sides, and buttery biscuits has grown its empire to 2,443 operated and franchised locations worldwide.
A lot of chicken chains have gone public recently. One of them -- El Pollo Loco (LOCO) -- reports on Thursday, just in case a single day of poultry restaurant earnings isn't enough to satisfy your appetite.
Thursday -- Pump You Up
Investors will get to see if Planet Fitness (PLNT) is in shape when it reports fresh financials on Thursday. The gym operator has grown quickly, fueled by the attraction of its low rates. Folks pay just $10 a month to join, and the modest $10 initiation fee makes it easy to drop out at any point. That's a lot less than traditional fitness centers. There may not be any workout classes, but if all one needs is access to treadmills and other cardio equipment, it should fit the bill.
Planet Fitness went public at $16 this summer, and this will be its first full quarter as a public company.
Friday -- Mining for Box Office Gold
Friday is always busy at the local multiplex, and this week's big debut will be Time Warner's (TWX) "The 33." The movie is based on the real-life 2010 incident in which 33 coal miners in Chile were rescued 69 days after the mine's collapse.
It was a global news event with "make a movie out of this" written all over it, especially since every single trapped coal miner was saved. It makes sense for "The 33" to roll out just ahead of the holidays. A feel-good survival story seems to just work this time of year.
Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of SeaWorld Entertainment. The Motley Fool recommends Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Time Warner. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days, and click here to check out our free report for one great stock to buy for 2015 and beyond.