The week begins with Bank of the Ozarks reporting. Don't let the word bank frighten you. The Arkansas-based company is actually projected to post higher first-quarter profits than it did a year ago. History is on its side, because Bank of the Ozarks has beaten Wall Street guesstimates in each of the three previous quarters.

Several bellwethers will announce their latest financials:  Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). Analysts expect earnings to be lower at all three companies. A positive surprise in any of the three sectors should light a fire under the market.

It will be April 15 -- yes, tax day. If you procrastinated, it's not too late to file for an extension. However, if you're expecting a refund this year, why did you wait until the last minute to file? 

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) will anchor a busy day on the earnings front. The two fallen growth-stock darlings are expected to post flattish results. Google's bottom line is projected to grow by 3%. Intuitive Surgical is expected to post a 5% decline in profitability. Yes, it's a far cry from the torrid growth that the search engine and surgical robotics leaders were flaunting just a year ago.

The market is usually sleepy on the final trading day of the week, but not during earnings season. Citigroup (NYSE: C) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) have plenty to prove as they step up to the plate. The reports will keep you awake, at the very least.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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