The Fool Looks Ahead

Let's look at the stocks that will be making news in the week ahead.

Mar 15, 2014 at 6:00AM

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 market kicks off the new trading week with JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) reporting. The maker of solar energy products has been routinely posting losses, but analysts finally see it breaking through with a small quarterly profit on Monday morning. 

(NYSE:RENN) won't be as fortunate. Analysts see the Chinese social networking website operator posting yet another quarterly deficit on Tuesday.

Renren's no longer a growth story. Revenue declined 6% in its latest quarter, and that was lifted by growth at the group-buying website that it unloaded after the period ended. Revenue at the social networking site itself slipped 10% as online advertising and gaming revenue are going the wrong way.

It's not a surprise that Renren has surrendered most of its value since going public at $14 less than three years ago.

Three-dimensional printing was one of last year's hottest investing areas, but things haven't been as kind for most of its players in 2014. ExOne (NASDAQ:XONE), for example, has surrendered nearly a third of its value so far this young year, and that may leave investors nervous as we approach Wednesday's quarterly report. Wall Street's bracing for a small profit, but it has fallen short on the bottom line in each of its first four quarters as a public company.

Precious-metal prices have been volatile, and that brings us to Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), stepping up with fresh financials on Thursday.

As a silver streaming company, Silver Wheaton doesn't operate the mines. It merely buys the rights to purchase silver and gold at a predetermined price. Right now the prognosis isn't great. Analysts see sharp declines in revenue and profitability when the company reports on Thursday.

The final trading day of the week is typically quiet, but one of the few companies reporting on Friday this week will be Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI).

The parent company of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and other concepts is in the process of spinning off Red Lobster. It apparently failed to find a buyer and will now unload the underperforming casual seafood chain. Olive Garden has also been slumping in recent quarters, so it will be interesting to see how Darden's portfolio of eateries holds up.

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