The new trading week kicks off with travel portal Orbitz (NYSE:OWW) reporting. The company may have disappointed investors with last month's IPO -- it's trading well below its initial $15 price tag -- but Monday is its chance to turn things around. A good first impression in its first quarterly report as a born-again public company will go a long way toward easing the fears of those who felt that the company hit the market as an exit strategy.

If it's Tuesday, it must be Home Depot (NYSE:HD). The hardware superstore chain, which was one of the market's biggest winners in the 1990s, has been hit hard lately. Lulls in the real estate and refinancing markets may have hurt home-improvement projects, but investors expect more from the orange-aproned retailer. Wall Street isn't as kind. It predicts that quarterly earnings will fall to $0.72 per share, after a $0.90-per-share showing a year earlier.

Dial M for a new ticker symbol? Now that Macy's (NYSE:M) is trading under its own name and a simpler ticker symbol, we can see whether the department store chain can do its namesake proud. Analysts expect a dip in quarterly profitability, so if you want growth, you're probably better off paying attention to (NYSE:CRM). The company that popularized Web-based enterprise software reports on Wednesday, too. Earnings aren't supposed to be anything to write home about at this point in the company's growth cycle, but do pay attention to the customer count to see how quickly Salesforce is growing.

The next chapter in Hewlett-Packard's (NYSE:HPQ) turnaround story may be coming out on Thursday. The computing and printing giant is expected to earn $0.65 a share in its latest quarter. That's well ahead of the $0.52 per share it earned a year ago, but you should feel free to aim higher; the company has topped Wall Street estimates in every single quarter since CEO Mark Hurd took the helm. It's OK to dream big ... until you're proven mortal.

If you want to wrap up the week with a little marmalade on toast or a PBJ sandwich, you should probably thank J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM). The jelly titan posts its second-quarter numbers on Friday. Food companies are typically sleepy stuff, though analysts expect to see an impressive 14% bottom-line spurt from Smucker this time.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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