The new trading week begins with (NASDAQ:CTRP) on tap. Analysts expect China's leading online travel site to post a profit of $0.21 a share for its latest quarter, up marginally from the $0.20 it earned a year ago. That's not much of a change, but these days any year-over-year gain is a good one.

Bond insurer MBIA (NYSE:MBI) reports on Tuesday. Yes, this is an ugly niche. Wall Street is expecting another loss out of MBIA. However, that's an important reason to check in on what the company has to say. A cheery outlook may go a long way to calm the market's nerves after last year's debacles.

If you're hungry for tech, meanwhile, Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) and BMC Software (NYSE:BMC) will also be pulling back the curtain on their latest quarterly financials.

Whole Foods Market
(NASDAQ:WFMI) checks in on Wednesday. Supermarkets historically hold up well during recessionary downturns, but the same can't be said when you're providing a premium shopping experience and cashing in when folks are willing to pay up for organic foodstuffs.

Working in Whole Foods' favor is that the company recently cleared regulator hurdles and pessimism appears to have bottomed out several months ago. Analysts see a profit of $0.18 a share at the company, well below the $0.29 a share it earned a year ago.

Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) delivers a retail snapshot come Thursday. The department-store chain recently took a gamble by banking on a partnership with Britney Spears. Let's hope its SEC filings don't end with "If you seek 10-K" this fiscal year.

The trading week wraps up with more news on the retail front. Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is due up. Wall Street is braced for a small deficit from the teen magnet. I guess that means that its income statement will be as bare as some of its models.

Until next week, I remain,
Rick Munarriz

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