Now that Home Depot (NYSE:HD) has persuaded the market into believing that home improvement retailing can survive a housing market bubble, rival Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) starts off the new trading week with its own quarterly report. We may even get a cheerier snapshot of the sector as Lowe's has been growing at a healthier clip than the folks with the orange apron, and this quarter shouldn't be any different. Analysts expect earnings to climb 15% higher in Monday's report. Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation Home Depot grew its bottom line by a mere 5% in the same period.

Is Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) into it? The company recently finished digging through its books after options backdating allegations surfaced earlier this year. The company's own investigation found that its hands were clean. That's a good thing, as it would have been terribly embarrassing for a company that prides itself on putting out bookkeeping software to admit to messing with its own accounting. The Motley Fool Inside Value pick posts its quarterly results on Tuesday.

Don't expect much. Intuit always sleeps through this quarter, as it's usually at the start of the calendar year when companies upgrade their accounting software and consumers resolve to budget a little better. A quarter later, tax filing season boosts Intuit's numbers. Intuit historically loses money in the other two quarters of the year, and that's where we are now.

The last time we checked in on Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK), it was looking for a suitor. It found a match in the private equity sector earlier this summer, so on Wednesday we'll have just the numbers to consume and grand jury subpoenas to discuss. Relish the report. It may be the company's last as a public company.

You may hate spam in your Internet mailbox, but how do you feel about SPAM the canned meat? Sure, some of you may prefer email spam to digging into Hormel's (NYSE:HRL) SPAM, but Hormel is also a supermarket staple in other ways. If not, maybe it can appeal to you as an investment. Back in May, Hormel produced tasty results with sales and profit margins inching higher. Hopefully Thursday will offer more of the same. Leftovers, yummy.

Serving up gasoline in the world's most populous nation -- one in which many of its citizens are behind the wheel of a car for the first time -- can make for a pretty compelling growth story. ChinaPetroleum & Chemical (NYSE:SNP), better known as Sinopec, fuels up at more than 30,000 gas stations in China. It also wraps up our trading week with its own quarterly report.

Back in June, the company announced a deal to add McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) eateries at many of its outlets, so even if overseas investing isn't your bag -- and that would be a shame -- you may still have a reason to check in on Sinopec at the pump.

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 own not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.