We'll start off the trading week by seeing whether Cascade (NYSE:CAE) can take the market higher. It's a tall task, but the company knows a thing or two about heavy lifting. Cascade makes forklift truck attachments, forks, and other related accessories. Those aren't the only things the market expects to see elevated. Analysts expect the company's fiscal fourth-quarter earnings to clock in at $0.75 a share for the period, considerably more than the $0.63 per share it generated a year earlier.

The trend is Cascade's friend here. The company has beaten analyst estimates in each of the first three quarters of the year.

If it's Tuesday, it must be Mitcham Industries (NASDAQ:MIND). The seismic-equipment specialist probably won't send shockwaves through the market with its fourth-quarter report on Tuesday. It's a small company, but it's rated "outperform" by Capital One Southcoast.

That brings us to Wednesday's report from Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY). The home-goods retailer has been pretty popular in Foolish circles, recommended by both our Motley Fool Inside Value andStock Advisor newsletters. Will weakness in residential real estate hurt the company, as it has hardware retailers? Bed Bath & Beyond's emphasis on soft goods should see it hold up better, but let's see what Wednesday brings.

Hunger pangs will lead us to the glowing "Hot Doughnuts" sign in front of Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD) on Thursday. The former Stock Advisor pick disappointed investors a few years ago, but it's now profitable, and it's starting to (bear) claw its way back toward its former tastiness. Its stock actually soared 93% last year; let's see whether the company has the sugary sweetness to see its turnaround through.

Obscure companies usually report on Fridays. It's easy to see why, with many traders and investors already angling to get the weekend started. Well, don't duck out too early because we've got giant General Electric (NYSE:GE) reporting. Wall Street expects the company's first-quarter profitability to check in at $0.44 a share, comfortably ahead of the $0.39 per share it produced a year ago. Growth would certainly be one way to bring good things to life at GE.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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 not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.