The Fool's Look Ahead

Monday
The new trading weeks kicks off with entertainment-media retailer Hastings (Nasdaq: HAST  ) reporting. You may not be familiar with the company, but it's a fair proxy for the leisure-media industry. The company breaks down the performance of its various departments -- from video games to DVD rentals to CD sales -- so investors get a fair pulse of where consumers are spending their dollars.

Tuesday
Retailing powerhouses Target (NYSE: TGT  ) and Home Depot (NYSE: HD  ) check in on Tuesday, and you can learn plenty by digging into both reports. Are shoppers gravitating to Target's cheap chic in these penny-pinching times? Is the "staycation" movement finally going to pay off as homeowners improve their digs while they hunker down? Tuesday holds the answers.

Wednesday
Salesforce.com
(NYSE: CRM  ) comes calling on Wednesday. As its ticker symbol implies, Salesforce is a rapidly growing player in customer relationship management and other enterprise-software solutions. Salesforce is a leader in the "cloud computing" revolution, which provides cheaper solutions by keeping everything on a server-stored platform instead of tethered to individual PC hard drives. Analysts see earnings nearly tripling to $0.08 a share for the company's latest quarter, so expectations are high.

Thursday
GameStop's (NYSE: GME  ) earnings should double to $0.28 a share on Thursday. The leading video-game retailer is on a roll, with console makers such as Xbox-maker Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) slashing prices on their hardware and software makers putting out alluring titles.

Friday
Let's see whether the weekend can get off to a bright start, with China Sunergy (Nasdaq: CSUN  ) leading us out of the trading week. The Chinese maker of solar-energy cells is part of a very volatile sector, so Friday's news is likely to send the stock in an extreme direction -- either sharply higher or sharply lower.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

Home Depot and Microsoft are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. GameStop is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look forward. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He owns no shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.


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