Signs, sales, and software will play more than just bit parts in the week that lies ahead. Let's take a closer look.
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Despite what will amount to a slow week on the earnings front, two killer Bs will report on Tuesday. Best Buy
Best Buy was a Wall Street darling through the 1990s. However, slowing growth has taken its toll; the stock is trading for not much more than it was five years ago. The consumer-electronics superstore chain is still a quality retailer, but it is hoping to cure its hiccups. To that end, it's busy converting its stores to a customer-centric operating model that tweaks the format so that different stores will appeal to different shopper segments.
BMC also misses the '90s. The enterprise-software provider has suffered even more than Best Buy on this side of the millennium. A dearth of corporate IT spending and stiff competition has sent the company reeling, to the point at which its share price has been sliced in half. But to the company's credit, it has been able to produce consistent profitability.
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Improving digital publishing has been an important part of Adobe Systems'
You can get a head start on your weekend, since just a handful of overseas companies will be hitting the earnings podium on Friday. Go and catch the new Batman flick at a cheaper matinee price. Time Warner
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Until next week, I remain,
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