The new trading week kicks off with JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) and LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN) reporting.

Jinko is a Chinese maker of silicon wafers used for solar-energy panels. Sun-powered plays have been volatile, but earnings growth should be strong for Jinko. Analysts see net income more than tripling to $1.50 a share.

LivePerson provides a Web-based chat platform that plenty of prolific companies use to provide timely and cost-effective customer support. The pros expect LivePerson's profitability to be flat with the $0.07 a share it posted a year earlier.

Legg Mason
(NYSE: LM) checks in on Tuesday. The mutual fund industry has naturally enjoyed the rallying equity markets over the past two years, but are low-cost ETFs eating into traditional open-ended funds? We'll have a clearer picture on Tuesday.

MGM Resorts
(NYSE: MGM) isn't just about Vegas anymore. MGM has juicy operations in Macau, but it also has some hefty debt maturities to watch out for in the coming years. The pros see a narrowing deficit in MGM's latest quarter.

(NYSE: SSW) sails in on Thursday. Seaspan's container ships transport dry cargo. The Hong Kong-based company has promised an aggressive payout policy, attracting yield seekers along the way.

The market's pretty quiet on a typical Friday, but Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) is still up to the challenge of closing out the trading week with its quarterly financials. Washington Post isn't just about newspapers. It also watches over Kaplan's educational services, television stations, and several other media ventures.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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