The new trading week kicks off with Titan Machinery (NASDAQ:TITN). The agricultural equipment dealer remains one of last year's hottest IPOs, though analysts see fiscal third-quarter profits falling by a third to $0.23 a share.

A few heavy hitters check in on Tuesday. Publishing software giant Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), consumer electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), and troubled investment banker Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are all stepping up to the quarterly conference call stage. Unfortunately, just one of them -- Adobe -- is likely to post an increase in earnings over last year's showing.

Athletic footwear behemoth Nike (NYSE:NKE) ties its laces on Wednesday. Wall Street is banking on a $0.79 a share profit out of the "Swoosh" star. It would be a respectable gain over the $0.71 a share in earnings that Nike posted a year ago. Nike has topped estimates in five consecutive quarters, so feel free to draw the finish line somewhere closer to $0.80 or higher.

Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) steps up on Thursday. The popular enterprise software, with its colorful CEO and acquisitive nature, is typically good for a snapshot of IT spending. If the pros are right, Oracle earnings will climb 13% to $0.35 a share for the quarter.

Let's wrap up the trading week with a look at Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS). Even if you couldn't care less about the leader in corporate uniforms, Cintas is actually a great bellwether for the state of company hiring and firing. Before layoffs factor into unemployment data they result in softer orders for Cintas.  

Until next week, I remain,
Rick Munarriz

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