The market is closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Don't go too far away, though. Earnings season is just about to get started.

Citigroup (NYSE:C) is one of the dozens of companies reporting. The "too big to fail banks" that dipped into the TARP pool are coming under fire these days. Citi's shares have nearly quadrupled since bottoming out last March, so expectations are that the company will post a substantially narrower loss than it did a year ago.

The banks keep coming. Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) are just some of the bellwethers delivering their quarterly reports on this day. Investors looking for a break from banking can check out eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY). The online auctioneer that also runs the popular PayPal micropayment platform is targeted to earn $0.40 a share for the fourth quarter, nearly flat with the $0.41 a share from a year earlier.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and American Express (NYSE:AXP) are two of the more attention-worthy companies stepping up to the plate. Both companies are expected to come through with higher quarterly results than they did during the same period a year ago.

General Electric (NYSE:GE) closes out the week. GE was at one time the country's most valuable company. It's trying to claw its way back these days.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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