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The Fool Looks Ahead

By Rick Munarriz – Mar 1, 2014 at 8:45AM

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Let's look at the stocks that will be making news in the week ahead.

There's never a dull week on Wall Street. Let's go over some of the news that will shape the week to come.

The market kicks off the new trading week with Stratasys (SSYS -1.91%) reporting. Three-dimensional printing has become a pretty big deal, and Stratasys is one of the two giants in this promising field of devices that print out physical objects.

There's been a lot of hype here, too, and some feel that the publicly traded players have outpaced their improving fundamentals. Stratasys has been fortunate. Even last month, when a Credit Suisse analyst was talking down most of the more popular 3-D printing stocks, he picked Stratasys as a winner with a timely upgrade.

Veeva Systems (VEEV 0.87%) checks in on Tuesday afternoon. It provides industry cloud solutions for the life sciences industry. Biotechs are volatile, but Veeva helps mitigate the risk through its list of 170 significant clients.

Veeva went public at $20 in October, and even though it has given back some of its early gains, we're still looking at a fast-growing and profitable company that has nearly doubled off its IPO price.

Even wintry storms can't derail the housing market. Real estate developers were high-fiving one another a few days ago after hearing that new home sales rose 9.6% in January. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000 puts the market on its fastest pace in nearly six years.

This is huge, because new home sales had declined in November and December, prompting many to believe that the boom was over. Prices had moved too high, and mortgage rates had also spiked along the way.

It's against this backdrop that Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV 0.64%) reports on Wednesday, providing us with yet another homebuilder's perspective. .

Ambarella (AMBA -3.39%) has been a big market winner in recent months. The provider of HD camera system-on-chip solutions has been growing quickly, as its products are being used in everything from GoPro cameras that are popular with outdoor enthusiasts to Dropcam home monitoring systems. GoPro's upcoming IPO should shed even more light on Ambarella's success. 

Ambarella reports on Thursday, and Wall Street sees improving profitability on a 21% surge in revenue. Ambarella's been routinely blowing past analyst income targets, so it's hard to bet against the market darling.

The final trading day of the week is typically quiet, but one of the companies reporting this week will be Penn West Petroleum (NYSE: PWE).

Income investors have been drawn to the Canadian oil and natural gas producer for its healthy payouts, but the chunky 6.6% yield is at the mercy of Penn West's earnings power. It has had to trim its dividend rate in recent quarters as losses build, but analysts see a return to profitability this year.

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Rick Munarriz owns shares of Ambarella. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Ambarella, Apple, and Stratasys. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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