The Fool's Look Ahead

After downing turkey, turkey sandwiches, turkey tetrazzini, and perhaps even a gobbler smoothie, Cyber Monday is here. The Friday after Thanksgiving may be the big day for conventional retailers with their doorbuster deals, but Monday belongs to the Web. The leading e-tailers know this, so shop around for the best deals available. This is the day that often sets the pace for the rest of the holiday season for them.

If it's Tuesday, it must be Shanda Interactive (Nasdaq: SNDA  ) . The Chinese online gaming specialist is back. Sure, it's back on the quarterly stage with its earnings report, but it's also back on the growth path. After a few stagnant quarters, the company's mix of games in China is back in fashion. Analysts expect profits to soar 65% higher for the period to $0.43 a share. If you're looking for something domestic, office supply leader Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS  ) also reports on Tuesday.

How cool is it that a ton of retailers chime in on Wednesday? It's not just about taking quarterly snapshots of companies in different niches like Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO  ) , Dollar Tree (Nasdaq: DLTR  ) , and Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW  ) . A few days into the holiday shopping season, you can be sure they'll be asked for an early prognosis. All three companies, by the way, are expected to post healthy bottom-line advances.

Is Dell (Nasdaq: DELL  ) back? The PC titan has rediscovered its winning ways in recent periods. Earnings are growing again. The company is trouncing market expectations. It's no longer the undisputed sector darling, but it's still a bellwether. Wall Street is looking for net income to climb 17% higher to $0.35 a share.  

You may not be able to have breakfast at Tiffany's (NYSE: TIF  ) , but you can wolf down a bagel and coffee as you check out the company's quarterly report come Friday morning. The upscale jeweler has beaten analyst targets for four straight quarters. If earning $0.25 a share, as expected, in the third quarter doesn't impress you, stick around. The company has historically earned more during the final holiday quarter than in the three previous periods combined.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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