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Coca-Cola, Groupon Earnings to Top Coming Week


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As Americans go back to work after Super Bowl Sunday, investors will hope for a final resolution to the long-delayed Greek debt negotiations before looking to digest a slew of U.S. corporate earnings.

After Greece failed again last week to come to an agreement with private investors on a debt writedown, investors are hoping they will see a resolution after a planned meeting between Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and the head of the three parties of the coalition government over the weekend.

Greek government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis said the private sector bond swap deal was almost complete. "Within the day, we will have to finalize a series of alternative proposals which will be put before the political leaders so we can take the final decisions," he said.

The deal is a necessary step in receiving a second bailout from European Union and International Monetary Fund coffers before 14.4 billion euros in bonds mature on March 20.

On the other side of the Atlantic, U.S. corporate earnings will take the spotlight as few economic releases are scheduled for the week and nothing is on the docket until Thursday.

Investors will get a look at the books of three U.S. blue-chips from the Dow Jones Industrial Average as Coca-Cola (KO) and Walt Disney (DIS) report Tuesday, and Cisco (CSCO) follows up on Wednesday.

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A slew of big Web-based companies will also report for a look into how online companies are faring as Facebook prepares its initial public offering. Big online names during the week include Open Table (OPEN) Tuesday, Groupon (GRPN) on Wednesday and Expedia (EXPE) and LinkedIn (LNKD) on Thursday.

Last week, U.S. markets extended gains after completing the best January in 15 years as a falling unemployment rate reaffirmed statements from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke assuring legislators that the economy is improving. The Nasdaq advanced 3% for its best week since the week ending Dec. 2.

Nearly two-thirds of all S&P 500 companies saw growth in the fourth quarter, with 264 of 500 companies having reported earning, while 67% of companies beat estimates. With 68 companies announcing results in the coming week, investors are hoping to improve upon those trends.

Big names to announce earnings on Monday include Coinstar (CSTR), whose RedBox DVD-rental kiosks looked to benefit from dwindling Netflix (NFLX) subscriptions at the end of 2011.

Analysts expect Coinstar to report earnings of 64 cents a share on revenue of $498 million. Meanwhile, the second-largest Medicare provider, Humana (HUM), is expected to see a profit of $1.20 a share on revenue of $9.24 billion, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

As Yum! Brands (YUM) continues its expansion into Asia, the operator of the KFC and Pizza Hut chains is expected to see earnings climb to 74 cents a share from 59 cents the previous year as revenue jumps 13% to $4.03 billion.

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