The new trading week kicks off with Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) reporting. The chipmaker is more likely to be discussing its most recent financials than its recent analog semi acquisition, but investors should get a clear picture of the state of sector consolidation after the call.

Research In Motion
's (Nasdaq: RIMM) PlayBook hits the market. Early reviews have been mixed, faulting the tablet for relying too much on RIM's BlackBerry. But RIMM has tens of millions of BlackBerry accounts, so it's a significant target audience.

Chipotle Mexican Grill
(NYSE: CMG) and Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) report on Wednesday. The two companies both have a way with chips, but they have little else in common. Well, yes, both companies are also expected to post modest year-over-year improvements on the bottom line.

Homebuilder NVR (NYSE: NVR), investment banker Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and thermal-coal producer Patriot Coal (NYSE: PCX) report on Thursday.

Only one of the three is expected to post earnings growth for the quarter. It's not NVR, even though the residential housing market is showing signs of bottoming out. It's not Morgan Stanley, even though IPO and buyout activity is picking up. Patriot Coal is the lone projected winner, even if it simply means that it will check in with a much narrower quarterly deficit this time around.

The market is closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday. Hopefully you didn't set the market's opening bell on CNBC as your wakeup alarm.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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