The new trading week kicks off with Citigroup (NYSE: C) reporting its quarterly reports. Analysts expect the banking giant to post a small profit, reversing a deficit during the same quarter a year earlier. Citigroup was one of the biggest TARP recipients during the near-collapse of the country's banking system, so it's only natural for investors to be cynical when it comes to Citi. But this should be its third consecutive quarterly profit after a really rough performance patch during the recession.

(Nasdaq: CREE), Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD), and Harley Davidson (NYSE: HOG) are among the many companies reporting their latest financials on Tuesday. They toil away in entirely different industries, but all three are expected to post bottom-line improvements.

(NYSE: AMR) lands with its report on Wednesday. This should be a special day for the parent company of American Airlines: If things go as planned, it will be AMR's first quarterly profit in three years.

The world's largest e-tailer hits the register on Thursday. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has been growing faster than both offline and online retailers, fueled partly by the success of its Prime shopper loyalty program. Is this the quarter that Amazon finally puts out concrete numbers on Kindle sales? After a recent price cut, the e-book reader is probably selling briskly.

Can you hear my earnings report now? Verizon (NYSE: VZ) wraps up a trading week loaded with reports. But despite the favorable reputation of its wireless network and some welcome smartphone trends, the pros are targeting lower earnings than the $0.60 a share that Verizon earned a year earlier.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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