December is typically a sleepy month for financial news, especially as traders and boardrooms make the most of the holiday season. The calendar never sleeps, though. Here are a few of the days that I plan to approach with eyes wide open this month.
Is the third time the charm for the Narnia series? Disney
As for Disney, it has its sights set on a different revival. TRON: Legacy opens a week later.
Are tablet sales eating into its laptop business? What are the hot smartphones? Is Microsoft's
Now that Circuit City has been out of the picture since early last year, Best Buy is a perfect gauge for what consumers are buying.
Fans of Howard Stern have been marking this date on their calendars, since it's the last live episode under the legendary morning-show host's five-year deal with Sirius XM Radio
CEO Mel Karmazin had told investors during the company's second-quarter call that an announcement on Stern's fate would likely come before its next call, but that came and went. The next obvious window for a positive announcement would be Dec. 13, when Sirius XM hosts a Paul McCartney concert in New York to celebrate hitting 20 million subscribers.
Obviously, negotiations aren't going as easily as either party planned. Stern fans are unlikely to make long-term commitments until a deal is inked. Then again, since talks to re-sign Opie & Anthony on XM dragged into the final hours, it wouldn't be a shock if Stern and Sirius continue to volley about proposals throughout the holiday break.
The undisputed champ of desktop publishing checks in just before the holidays, with Adobe
Adobe leans on its high-end publishing software to drive its top line, but we also can't dismiss its freely available PDF Reader and Flash video-rendering platform as ambassadorial tools to reach the masses.
Analysts are banking on a profit of $0.52 a share, well ahead of the $0.39 a share it rang up a year earlier. Adobe has beaten Wall Street expectations in each of the five previous quarters, so even the company's seemingly ambitious target may be too low.
Auto sales bounced back during the summer of 2009, but are used cars hitting any speed bumps?
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz wonders if he's been naughty or nice this December. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story, except for Disney. 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.