The new trading week begins with Charles Schwab (NASDAQ:SCHW) reporting on its latest quarter. Even if you don't follow the discount brokerage space, Schwab provides a great snapshot of trading activity in general -- a useful nugget for all investors.

CSX (NYSE:CSX) rolls in. The railroad operator is another big-picture proxy. If the economy is bouncing back, trains will be transporting more goods throughout the country. Wall Street expects a profit of $0.71 a share from CSX, short of the $0.94 a share it earned a year ago.

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) checks in. The financial services giant weathered the banking meltdown, mostly intact. It should pay off, with analysts betting that quarterly profits more than quadrupled at JPMorgan Chase.

It's anticipated that both Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) and Southwest (NYSE:LUV) will post quarterly losses. Yes, computers and airlines aren't doing so hot, despite the consumer demand for computing products and the way reasonable jet fuel prices keep costs in check.

The trading week closes with a bang as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and General Electric (NYSE:GE) report. The two Dow components were trading in the single digits earlier this year, but stormed back with the rallying market. Analysts see both companies posting softer results than they did a year ago.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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