After taking the past few Mondays off, the market kicks off its first five-day trading week of 2007 with an early morning report out of Nu Horizons (NASDAQ:NUHC). The chip distributor has been on a tear lately. Analysts expect profits to more than double to $0.18 a share for the quarter.

Yes, it is fitting that Ruby Tuesday (NYSE:RI) should report on a Tuesday. Don't expect much out of the casual-dining chain's report, though. Wall Street is looking for profits per share to clock in flat with the $0.28 it earned a year earlier.

Ruby Tuesday scored points with healthy-dining activists a couple of years ago, when it rolled out nutritional content on its menu, along with healthier dining alternatives. That cheering section probably wasn't too happy with last year's marketing emphasis on burgers.

Hungry for another eatery? California Pizza Kitchen (NASDAQ:CPKI) will be delivering its preliminary fourth-quarter report. Earnings growth has been stagnant over the past year at the restaurateur famous for its eclectic gourmet pizzas. Will 2007 be the year it bounces back? It's just not that easy to make dough on the companies tossing dough these days, as both California Pizza Kitchen and Papa John's (NASDAQ:PZZA) are trading essentially where they were a year ago. Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), on the other hand, was actually a winner in 2006. Can the secret be in the addictive fudge brownie squares?

Can Stride Rite (NYSE:SRR) take bigger steps this week? The company will post its fourth-quarter results on Thursday, for the footwear maker's weakest seasonal quarter. It has historically generated a small deficit for the period, yet upbeat analysts expect a meager $0.02-per-share profit this time around.

It will be another slow Friday on the earnings front, so feel free to head out to the multiplex and catch one of many flicks opening that day, like Miss Potter (no, it's not about a sex change for Harry; think Peter Rabbit), Alpha Dog (no canines in this one, though Justin Timberlake has been called worse), or the computer-animated Arthur and the Invisibles.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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