Is that the sound of wedding bells ringing in the new trading week? If so, that would be music to The Knot's (NASDAQ:KNOT) ears. The online wedding-planner specialist kicks things off with its third-quarter results, and expectations are running as high as some bridal gowns run long.

Analysts expect earnings per share to more than triple to $0.10 a share. Generating leads for wedding-service providers has served the company well. It has easily trounced what once seemed like ambitious Wall Street profit targets over the past year. That may explain why the shares have nearly doubled since being recommended to Rule Breakers subscribers earlier this year.

Big-box retailers will show up in force on Tuesday as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), and Home Depot (NYSE:HD) all step up to report their quarterly financials. Both Wal-Mart and Home Depot are Inside Value picks, but it will be Home Depot that earns most of my attention.

Earlier this month, Home Depot began selling consumer electronics -- yes, consumer electronics -- at its stores in a seasonal test. Are folks really buying HDTV plasma sets and home-theater systems at a hardware store? If the company waxes positive on this development, it could take Home Depot a long way from being tagged as a laggard hog-tied to the recent real-estate slump.

China's The9 (NASDAQ:NCTY) has its turn on the earnings stage. The company that is winning huge audiences with its licensed version of World of Warcraft in China should have some favorable momentum going into its report, as just about every Chinese company that has posted results over the past two weeks has beaten Wall Street estimates.

Dell's (NASDAQ:DELL) bell will ring on Thursday. The company that pioneered the direct-selling model for computers has fallen out of favor lately. Earnings are actually expected to dip to $0.24 a share after a $0.39-per-share showing a year earlier. The stock still has plenty of believers, though. It remains an active recommendation for both the Inside Value and Stock Advisor research services.

Peanut-butter-and-jelly time? Can't vouch for the peanut butter, but the jelly will be in the house on Friday, when J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM) closes out the trading week with its report. Let's hope it's got substance without being too fruity.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look forward. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.