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This Week's Top Earnings on Deck (AZO, TECD, DNDN, JOE, COST, SPLS, GPRE, BIG, KR, MRVL, SLW)

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) also reports Wednesday morning and will offer insight into the office supplies retail space.  Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.40 EPS and $6.48 billion in revenues.  For the current quarter still ongoing, Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.33 EPS and $6.22 billion in revenues.  With shares around $21.00, its 52-week range is $17.45 to $26.00 and it closed out 2010 at $22.77.  We see expectations being muted and not overly demanding here for a major upside being necessary due to where its shares are trading now.

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) is not a market mover but is one to watch around its earnings.  Its results are due Wednesday after the close of trading.  With shares around $12.35, its 52-week range is $8.12 to $17.75.  Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.36 EPS and $651.98 million in revenues.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) reports earnings on Thursday morning.  The company is not a market mover but the company is under focus and interest because it has itself reportedly up for sale. Thomson Reuters has estimates of $1.38 EPS and $1.52 billion in revenues.  For the current quarter still ongoing, Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.71 EPS and $1.26 billion in revenues.  With shares around $40.70, its 52-week range is $27.82 to $42.27 and it closed out 2010 at $30.46. We would remind investors that there is a huge built-in premium for an M&A possibility and any caution or concern over this would likely hit shares.

The Kroger Company (NYSE: KR) is due with its earnings on Thursday morning. If so, then Kroger won’t have avoided the same issues.  Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.44 EPS and $19.36 billion in revenues.  For the current quarter still ongoing, Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.64 EPS and $25.9 billion in revenues.  With shares around $22.95, its 52-week range is $19.08 to $24.14 and it closed out 2010 at $22.26. All of the food producers have noted an inability to pass higher prices on to consumers.

Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) saw a move lower Monday after a big gain on Friday, making the pre-earnings analysis that much more difficult for this week.  The mobile chip designer is due with its earnings after the close on Thursday.  Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.42 EPS and $925.64 million in revenues.  For the current quarter still ongoing, Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.37 EPS and $891.94 million in revenues.  With shares around $19.00, its 52-week range is $13.87 to $22.87 and it closed out 2010 at $18.55. This is effectively the last of the mobile chip winners, but it would not be shocking at all to see secondary or tertiary moves possibly in ADI, NSM, QCOM, ARMH, and BRCM.

Silver Wheaton Corp. (NYSE: SLW) has had one great year and its earnings are due Thursday after the close of trading.  Thomson Reuters has estimates of $0.30 EPS and $151.78 million in revenues. With shares around $42.00, its 52-week trading range is $14.71 to $42.34.

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JON C. OGG