The Fool Looks Ahead

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

Apr 26, 2014 at 10:30AM

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 National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) reporting quarterly results in the morning. The provider of products for the oil and gas industry is expected to post earnings and revenue growth of 7% and 9%, respectively.

National Oilwell Varco recently reorganized into four different operating segments, and Standpoint Research upgraded the stock earlier this month.  

One of the many companies reporting on Tuesday is Noodles & Co. (NASDAQ:NDLS). The fast-casual eatery offering up noodles in various ethnic incarnations was one of last year's hottest IPOs. The stock more than doubled on its first day of trading, but it now trades for less than it did at the close of its debut.

Noodles is still finding ways to grow through expansion. Most of its 17% pop in revenue last year came from its aggressive openings. Investors on Tuesday will want to see if Noodles is able to continue to expand its footprint without sacrificing margins.

Mobile gaming has been a hard niche for investors. The two most prolific app developers that went public in recent years are busted IPOs. It's against this backdrop where the smaller Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is reporting. 

Glu's been on a roll lately. Revenue growth has been accelerating, and the company behind Deer Hunter 2014 has been revising its guidance higher. It's heading into Wednesday's quarterly report with some strong momentum. 

Realty Income 
(NYSE:O) prides itself on its payouts. It passes on the rent it generates from retailers and other commercial tenants with long-term leases at its more than 3,900 properties. Realty Income has declared distributions for 526 consecutive months -- yes, months -- and it has boosted its dividend 75 times since 1994.

That's an impressive streak, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that the higher payouts usually come in the form of slivers of a penny. This month's rate is $0.1824792, up marginally from the $0.1821667 it was back in February. At least the baby steps are moving in the right direction at a time when bricks-and-mortar retailers don't seem like such a safe bet. Realty Income reports on Thursday, offering a snapshot of "The Monthly Dividend Company" and its ability to keep inching those monthly disbursements higher.

The final trading day of the week is typically quiet, but that won't stop WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) from reporting its quarterly results on Friday. WisdomTree is a leader in ETFs, and analysts see profitability nearly doubling on a 49% surge in revenue when it reports. 

WisdomTree is rapidly evolving into a global fund company. Earlier this month it made an investment to gain a foothold in Europe as well as taking the first steps to having some of its products offered in Latin America.

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