We kick off the new trading week with Restoration Hardware (NASDAQ:RSTO) ringing up its fiscal second-quarter results. The specialty retailer could use a bit more "restoration" than "hardware" these days, having stumbled badly over the years. The company was once a hot retailing concept, winning over shoppers with its elegant decor and rustic charm.

Folks are still shopping at Restoration Hardware. It's just harder for the company to score big profits. Don't expect much out of Monday's report. The company has historically only turned a profit in the seasonally spiked fiscal fourth quarter. So forgive it a meager deficit this time, and hold out for indications on how trends are shaping up for the rest of the year.

If it's Tuesday, it must be Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) on the reporting block. The former networking giant is still trying to get folks connected. Its NetWare operating system remains a known entity, even as Novell's shares languish in the single digits. The company also joins Red Hat (NASDAQ:RHAT) as one of the companies trying to cash in on the Linux open-source revolution.

Then it's time to hit the pause button and see whether TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) is worthy of Wall Street's green thumbs-up button or the red thumbs-down option. TiVo continues to lose money as it subsidizes the hardware necessary to lure new customers. That doesn't mean the Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation is in a deep funk. Its patent-rich ways won it a welcome victory against Dish Network, and I can't be the only one rooting for the company to finally live up to its potential.

Spicing things up, H.J. Heinz (NYSE:HNZ) reports on Thursday. The shares have steadily produced a total return of 19% since Mathew Emmert spotlighted the food giant for Income Investor subscribers. Analysts expect the company to come through with earnings of $0.54 a share for its fiscal first-quarter report, but I'm selfishly holding out for $0.57 per share -- it would provide juicier headlines for the "57 varieties" specialist.

Will Vimpel Communications (NYSE:VIP) live up its ticker symbol? We'll find out on Friday, when the would-be star of Russian mobile service providers wraps up the trading week, heading into the extended Labor Day holiday weekend. Analysts expect earnings to come in at $0.93 a share, a respectable advance from the $0.78 per share it earned a year earlier.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look forward. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He does own not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.