The new trading week starts with SYSCO (Nasdaq: SYY ) pulling up behind the restaurant to deliver the edibles. The food-service giant is an excellent gauge of dining-out trends. If America is eating out less, SYSCO will feel the pinch. It's not something you typically see, given the company's consistent growth over the years. Wall Street calls for earnings growing 9% in the latest quarter to $0.47 a share.
It's a superhero's welcome for Marvel Entertainment (NYSE: MVL ) . The comic book company that has become a licensing giant and movie mogul will offer its quarterly checkup. Analysts expect a profit of $0.43 a share, but spoiled investors may hold out for more. Marvel has handily beaten estimates in four consecutive quarters.
If the SYSCO report wasn't the one you were looking for, check in on Wednesday, when networking company Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO ) reports on its first quarter. Cisco is a decent bellwether for corporate IT spending, so really good or really bad news out of Cisco may move the entire market one way or the other.
Video-game buffs may also want to check in on this day because THQ (Nasdaq: THQI ) and industry leader Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI ) are going to hit the pause button long enough to discuss their quarterly financials.
Big-screen dazzler IMAX (Nasdaq: IMAX ) reports, but investors won't be reading too much into the numbers. Sure, the quarterly deficit should narrow somewhat, but shareholders will want to know how the company's joint venture with leading multiplex operators is going to install digital IMAX screens around the country.
Ford (NYSE: F ) drives in, with Wall Street hoping it's not a fender-bender. The auto industry's shortcomings have been well-documented. Nervous consumers aren't eager to head out to the showroom for big-ticket purchases, even with the new-model cars on the way.
Until next week, I remain,