5 Stocks to Watch This Week

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

Jul 19, 2014 at 10:00AM

There's never a dull week on Wall Street. Let's go over some of the news that will shape the week to come.

Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) kicks off the new trading week with its latest quarterly report on Monday afternoon. The developer of analog ICs and embedded processors is growing slowly -- analysts see single-digit percentage growth on both ends of the income statement this quarter -- but at least it's moving in the right direction.

The country's most valuable company by market cap -- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- reports on Tuesday. The consumer-tech giant is already the most watched tech company on the planet, and as we wait for the iPhone 6 and the inevitable push into wearable computing, we'll want to see if its margins are still improving after retreating through most of last year. 

Don't hold out for any morsels of insight on the next generation of iPhones or any other potential product lines. Apple has spent the past few quarters gushing about its pipeline, but it prefers to save the real surprises for its media events. That won't happen on Tuesday, but we are closing in on the time of year when Apple usually hits the market with new wares.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will be one of the many big names reporting on Wednesday. The leading social networker was up to 1.28 billion active users as of the end of March, and more than a billion of them are now checking in on mobile devices. A whopping 802 million users go online on an average day. 

User growth has slowed. Monthly active users have climbed just 15% over the past year. However, revenue has been growing a lot faster than usage as Facebook becomes better at monetizing traffic. Advertisers know they need to work with Facebook if they want to get noticed these days.

There are risks with buying into Chinese Internet companies, but that didn't stop Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) from hitting a new all-time high earlier this month. China's leading search engine is coming through with stellar growth. Analysts see revenue growth climbing 58% when Baidu reports on Thursday. Profitability isn't growing as quickly. Baidu is investing in new dot-com businesses, where margins can be challenging. However, Baidu itself is growing its business at a healthy clip.

The last day of the trading week is typically a quiet one, but that won't stop DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) from reporting. The Detroit-based utility provides electricity for 2.1 million customers and natural gas for 1.2 million customers in Michigan.

DTE Energy's 3.6% yield may not seem high by utility standards, but it has come through with payout increases for five consecutive years.

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