Money Matters - Simplified

The Fool's Look Ahead

The brand new trading year begins. After a robust 2009,
mutual fund managers will be happy to begin touting what
should be positive results for the trailing 12 months for a
change. Things should be quiet on the trading front, with
only a couple of foreign companies and
Ark Restaurants reporting their quarterly
results.

Tuesday
Google
(Nasdaq: GOOG)
has scheduled a media event. It's being pitched as an Android
gathering, but everyone knows that this is the day when Big G breaks
out its Nexus One smartphone.

There have been several Android-based phones released in recent
months, but this is the first one that finds Google with greater
control over the device. According to Gizmodo, T-Mobile will be the
carrier, but Google is front and center on this one.

Wednesday
Three S&P 500 companies -- Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY), Monsanto (NYSE: MON), and Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO)
-- step up with their quarterly reports. There is little that a home
goods retailer, an agricultural titan, and a thrifty-minded discounter
have in common, but all three releases should combine to provide a
decent glimpse of the economy in general.

As it stands, analysts see all but Monsanto posting year-over-year improvement on the bottom line.

Thursday
It will be showtime at Apollo (Nasdaq: APOL),
as the poster child for Web-based post-secondary education delivers its
quarterly numbers. Wall Street expects a profit of $1.45 a share for
its latest quarter, well ahead of the $1.12 a share it rang up a year
ago.

Another report that bears watching is from indexing specialist MSCI (NYSE: MXB), which provides institutional investing tools. The pros also see a healthy bottom-line boost there.

Friday
The first trading week of 2010 should
end quietly. One of the few stateside companies discussing their
quarterly performance is Colorado-based Penford (Nasdaq: PENX).
The maker of ingredient systems for food and industrial applications
should post a small profit, reversing a loss during the same period a
year ago.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

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