Investors being whipsawed by the market's volatility in recent weeks can take a load off. Share prices may be going up and down, but the fundamentals of the stocks they own are probably largely intact.

The market's filled with minefields and booby traps -- it always is -- but there are still plenty of companies that are chugging along, regardless of Mr. Market's pricing whims on any given day.

I just went over seven stocks that analysts see posting higher quarterly results this week than they did a year earlier, but I was really only scratching the surface. Thankfully, there are a lot more than seven companies that are pegged to post year-over-year gains on the bottom line this week.

Let's go over a few more.


Latest Quarter EPS (Estimated)

Year-Ago Quarter EPS

Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM)



Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD)



Target (NYSE:TGT)



J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM)



TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX)






Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN)



Source: Yahoo! Finance.
EPS = earnings per share.

These are companies in vastly different industries. From discount retailers to a poultry processor -- from a casino operator to a jelly maker -- it's a healthy cross section of sectors that are serving up winners these days.

These reports will have meaty implications. Wynn Resorts isn't just a casino operator. It's a proxy for many of its rivals in Las Vegas and even Macau. Discount department store chains Target and T.J. Maxx will provide second and third opinions in their niche, after the world's largest discounter, Wal-Mart, disappointed the market last week.

And -- come on -- didn't you think that Crocs had been left for dead? The maker of super-cozy yet fashionably dubious footwear is apparently making some serious inroads in keeping its costs in check.

The reports aren't going to be perfect. Many of these companies are fortunate in that their latest quarters are stacked up against the dreadful 2008 holiday quarter -- when sentiment was at its worst.

However, since so many companies have yet to turn the corner financially, this isn't a time to get greedy. If Wall Street is giving us at least 14 companies projected to post year-over-year increases this week, I'll take it.

Which of these seven companies do you think will keep improving in 2010? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Sanderson Farms, Wal-Mart, and J.M. Smucker are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz wonders if his contrarian heart will ever be happy. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.