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.

The new trading week kicks off with FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL  ) reporting its fiscal fourth-quarter results. The builder of fuel-cell power plants has seen orders move higher lately, and Wall Street sees revenue climbing 27% for the quarter, pushing growth for all of fiscal 2013 to a hearty 47%. FuelCell Energy still isn't profitable -- and that's a problem -- but the increase in orders is resulting in narrowing deficits.

VeriFone Systems (NYSE: PAY  ) charges in with its quarterly results on Tuesday. Analysts aren't holding out for a strong report. They see the transactions enabler earning just a third of what it did a year earlier on a double-digit percentage decline in revenue. VeriFone used to routinely beat Wall Street's profit targets as a market darling, but it has only been able to do that twice over the past four quarters.

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL  ) chimes in on Wednesday. The enterprise-software giant has managed to grow through most operating climates. Larry Ellison finds a way to either milk some organic growth or acquire the pieces to keep the engine running. However, the pros see Oracle growing its revenue at a mere 1% clip when it reports quarterly results on Wednesday. It not like Ellison to not even keep up with inflation.

Rite Aid
(NYSE: RAD  ) fills the market's quarterly prescription on Thursday. The drugstore operator has been one of the market's biggest winners, with its stock more than quintupling over the past year. Rite Aid's secret has been a return to profitability. After years of red ink, the company has rattled off four consecutive profitable quarters. That's the kind of performance that will draw the market's attention.

As good as 2013 has been for Rite Aid, it's been disastrous for BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) . The smartphone pioneer saw its stock peak in January at $18.32 on buzz about its new mobile operating system, but the stock came undone when consumers and corporations didn't feel the same way about the devices running BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry is still in disarray, and Friday's report won't be pretty. The good news is that the stock has already shed two-thirds of its value since peaking 11 months ago. The bad news is that catalysts for growth aside from an outright sale of the company are hard to find.

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  • Report this Comment On December 14, 2013, at 2:26 PM, rjb920 wrote:

    i like rite aid stores. many different products to buy. they seem to have cut back on unnecessary labor and they sell cigarettes in the front and have a pharmacy and health station in the back. my type of store! looking for ten a share in year or so.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 5:31 AM, mrconnors0531 wrote:

    With FCEL's rising back orders there is opportunity to raise prices.

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