Old cars, new delivery trucks, and numbered pingpong balls will play bit parts in the week that lies ahead. Let's take a closer look.
You can't catch a whiff of that new-car smell from used-car dealer CarMax
Keys in hand, CarMax kicks off the new trading week with its first quarterly report of fiscal 2006. Back in March, the company indicated that it was probably good for earnings per share to come in between $1.20 and $1.30. That prices the stock at 20 times forward earnings, and that's a bit rich, given the company's slower growth rate. Then again, maybe the previous quarter was the sign of racing stripes yet to come.
Even if you've never heard of Darden Restaurants
While the company has struggled lately with Red Lobster, it grew profits in the most recent quarter by 20% as operating margins improved despite a pesky uptick in commodity prices. Its young BBQ eatery, Smokey Bones, has also been serving the company well. What else is on the Darden menu? We'll all find out come Tuesday.
Life has been pretty good for lottery facilitator GTECH Holdings
What do eBay
The delivery giant will take a break from its hectic route to provide its shareholders with its latest quarterly numbers on Thursday. With margins expanding at three of its most important segments this past quarter, hopes are running high for FedEx to deliver yet another strong quarter. If not? Well, verbs can also morph into expletives.
If you're into investing from A to Z, how about AZZ
Want to learn more about the companies waiting to report earnings this week? Check out:
- Story Time at CarMax
- BBQ Sizzles, Fish Fizzles
- GTECH-ing Time Bomb
- I'd Like to Buy a Verb
- FedEx Climbing
Until next week, I remain,
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz aspires to be a verb one day. The good kind. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.