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 market's closed in observance of Martin Luther King,Jr. Day, but there is a company reporting quarterly results. First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ: FDEF  ) , the parent company of the First Insurance Group insurance agency and the 32-branch First Federal Bank of the Midwest, will release its financials after 5 p.m. It will wait until the traders return on Tuesday to host its conference call.

Tuesday
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD  ) checks in on Tuesday. The semiconductor specialist may seem to be in a scary place as a maker of microprocessors while PCs are falling out of favor, but AMD has embraced a role in other consumer electronics that are growing in popularity. With November's launch of the Xbox One and PS4, AMD is now the chipmaker behind all three major gaming consoles.

Investors have been rewarded for AMD's resilience. The stock soared 61% last year, and it's beating the market again so far in 2014.

Wednesday
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) reports on Wednesday. It closed out the third quarter by topping 40 million global subscribers for its streaming video service, and its guidance was calling for it to have more than 43 million by the end of December. Netflix was last year's biggest winner among S&P 500 components, so expectations will naturally be lofty this time around.

Thursday
Nokia
(NYSE: NOK  ) calls in on Thursday. The Finnish handset maker has been struggling in recent years. A poor CEO hiring decision and the backing of Windows instead of Android has cost it some serious market share to Samsung and other Asian speedsters. Nokia's future is blurry, but that's what makes Thursday's report so important. Investors are braced for another quarter of cascading revenue, but any insight into how 2014 will play out should go a long way toward dictating whether Nokia's share price continues to meander in the single digits.

Friday
The final trading day of the week is typically quiet, but not this time around with Xerox (NYSE: XRX  ) reporting. The provider of business process and document management services is expected to post slight dips in revenue and earnings per share on Friday morning, but it has found a way to beat Wall Street's profit targets every quarter over the past year.

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  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2014, at 4:47 PM, bluesky64 wrote:

    Rick,

    Great callout on AMD. I think your reader will be glad you pointed out AMD. Latest news AMD Video Game Hardware Surged to Highest In Three Years (Bloomberg Bweek)

    Jan 17, 2014: U.S. spending on video-game hardware surged to its highest in three years in December, as consumers snapped up new (AMD based) consoles from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) and Sony Corp. (6758).

    Hardware sales increased 28 percent to $1.37 billion from a year earlier, Port Washington, New York-based NPD Group Inc. said yesterday in an e-mail. The tally, the highest since spending hit $1.84 billion in December 2010, drove total retail sales for the industry to their fifth straight monthly gain.

    Just released on evening of Jan 16 early morning Jan 17, 2014 from Bloomberg Businessweek.

    More updates Future demand my be better.

    Japan Vid Gamers Poll - Over 85% Plan Buying AMD Based PS4

    Jan 17, 2014: One of the biggest and influential vid gaming countries in the world, Japan, had video gamers polled about AMD based Sony PS4 and over 85% plan to either buy immediately or some time after initial release.

    Reported by Kotaku

    This model of rev. and profits may help your readers AMD EARNINGS ESTIMATES for Q4 2013

    Computing Solutions: Sales of $880 million with $27 million of NET profits

    Graphics and Visual Solutions: ADDITIONAL sales of $308 million

    with $ 66 million ADDITIONAL profits= $ 980 million of sales with $ 145 million of NET profits

    ESTIMATED Q4 SALES: $1.83 Billion ESTIMATED Q4 NET INCOME: $ 119 million NET INCOME PER SHARE: $ .155

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