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 Zep (NYSE: ZEP  ) posting its quarterly results. Analysts see the provider of cleaning and maintenance solutions earning $0.18 a share, just ahead of the $0.16 it earned a year earlier.

Tuesday
Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI  ) checks in on Tuesday. Lighting may not seem like a really bright business, but Acuity did manage to ring up nearly $2 billion in sales for fiscal 2012. That's pretty illuminating.

OK, let's nix the wordplay. Acuity will step up on Tuesday to deliver its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2013. If the numbers are good, can we call it a "lights out" report?

Sorry, I did it again.

Wednesday
Hump day finds Helen of Troy (NASDAQ: HELE  ) stepping up. Wall Street sees the beauty-care products distributor earning a spiffy profit of $1.13 a share on the quarter. Helen of Troy posted net income of $1.04 a share during the same quarter last year.

Thursday
SUPERVALU
(NYSE: SVU  ) had a lousy 2012. The grocery-store operator whacked its dividend, closed stores, and saw its stock shed nearly 70% of its value. It won't be facing too many happy shareholders when it reports fresh financials on Thursday.

Friday
The final trading day of the week is usually quiet, but investors may still want to check out Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  ) . This is the first of the "too big to fail" banking giants that will be reporting this earnings season, setting the tone for the crucial reports that will follow later this month out of its peers.

Check that calendar
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