The new trading week kicks off with Quiksilver (NYSE:ZQK) delivering its fiscal second-quarter report. Most of the mall chains have struggled this year, so why should an apparel and footwear chain for extreme sports enthusiasts fare any better? Analysts see Quiksilver earning just $0.04 a share for the period, well short of the $0.30 a share it rang up a year ago.

There are several chains expecting to post lower quarterly results on Tuesday. Watchmaker Movado (NYSE:MOV), agricultural equipment retailer Titan Machinery (NASDAQ:TITN), and executive recruiter Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) are just some of the companies in a broad range of industries that are likely to deliver bottom-line declines.

Former Hidden Gems recommendation Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) steps up to the earnings stage on Wednesday. It's not easy to grow as a furniture importer at a time when consumers aren't bent on sprucing up their homes, though a stronger dollar could help. Wall Street sees a $0.16 a share profit out of the company.

National Semiconductor (NYSE:NSM) reports on Thursday. The 50-year-old company that set up camp in Silicon Valley before it was Silicon Valley is expected to post a sharp loss of $0.42 a share for its latest quarter.

It's quiet on the earnings front, but Friday should be hopping at the local multiplex. New movies opening on Friday include The Taking of Pelham 123 remake and Eddie Murphy's Imagine That. If you haven't seen the trailer for Murphy's flick, it's about a father who gets accurate stock predictions by spending time with his daughter. Oh, if only investing -- or parenting -- were that easy.

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.