The Fool Looks Ahead

There's never a dull week on Wall Street. Let's go over some of the news that will shape the week to come.

Monday
The new trading week kicks off with Lowe's (NYSE: LOW  ) reporting its quarterly results. The home-improvement retailer will release its financials early in the morning before hosting its conference call a half-hour before the market's opening bell.

Its orange apron-donning rival posted better-than-expected profitability earlier this week, and that should come as encouraging news for Lowe's investors.

Tuesday
AutoZone (NYSE: AZO  ) lets Mr. Market crack open the hood to see how it's running on Tuesday. Auto parts retailing has proved to be a recession-resistant category during the latest downturn. Drivers wanting to keep their older cars running well -- to avoid a big-ticket purchase -- lean on the cost savings of self-maintenance.

Wednesday
American Software (Nasdaq: AMSWA  ) reports on Wednesday. Analysts see the enterprise-software company earning $0.09 a share, just ahead of the $0.07 it rang up a year earlier.

Thursday
Quepasa
(NYSE: SD  ) will let investors know what's happening on Thursday. Quepasa runs the fledgling namesake Latin American social-networking website and the larger myYearbook social platform.

Friday
The final trading day of the week finds Genesco (NYSE: GCO  ) checking in to let us know whether the earnings shoe fits. The company runs a few retail concepts specializing in footwear and caps.

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz calls them as he sees them. He owns no shares in any of the stocks in this story and is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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