Earnings Week: Pre-Black Friday Judgment Week for Retailers

Black Friday is next week, and that should inject the retail sector with some much-needed life. We’ll have a better gauge of what to expect after the next few days, however.

Many of the largest retailers in the U.S. report third-quarter earnings this week. Keep an eye on the fourth-quarter and year-end guidance sections of those reports. Those could clue us in as to whether we’re in for another record-breaking beginning to the holiday shopping season – or if the sluggish economy and the looming fiscal cliff will weigh heavily on sales.

Here is a list of some of the more high-profile companies set to report earnings this week – retailers and otherwise. Thursday is the big day on this week’s earnings calendar, with the top two retailers in America – Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Target (NYSE: TGT) – set to report:


  • Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
  • Home Depot (NYSE: HD)


  • Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF)
  • Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD)
  • Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS)
  • Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM)


  • Dell (NASDAQ: DELL)
  • Gap (NYSE: GPS)
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart


  • J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM)
  • Foot Locker (NYSE: FL)

For further clues about how to play Black Friday this year, check out my colleague Jason Cimpl’s article from this morning, “Three Stocks to Buy before Black Friday.”

Published by Wyatt Investment Research at