Coffee beans, soybeans, and cool beans will play a part in the week ahead.
Do red rectangular envelopes make you tingle? Do you snicker as you drive past blue-and-gold DVD rental stores because you know that there's a new release waiting in your mailbox? If so, you may be one of the more than 3 million giddy Netflix
Things are feeling a little cheerier these days. Yes, Amazon may still want a nibble. No, Netflix still doesn't have the pricing flexibility to dictate its own terms. However, a lot of good things have happened with the company lately, like initiatives to sell pre-owned titles online, ramping up its advertising possibilities, and an ambitious video-on-demand venture.
The future once looked as bright for Sun Microsystems
Shareholders are expecting Sun to barely break even when it reports on Tuesday. That's likely to be the result of ample interest income trickling in from the $3.1 billion that the company is holding in cash and short-term investments. So go ahead and break out into your Annie costume on Monday and belt out, "The Sun will come out tomorrow." It will. Just don't expect it to shine.
What did Starbucks
Starbucks should have another good quarter to report on come Wednesday. Last month's same-store sales were up 7%. That's impressive on its own, but more so when stacked on top of the 10% gain in comps that Starbucks mustered in June of 2003 and again in 2004. You can work the exponential math of a company that continues to grow its unit base as the individual stores perform better and better.
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Until next week, I remain,
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz thinks that red rectangles are cool -- as long as they don't result in paper cuts. He does own shares in Netflix. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy .