NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Today I profile eight companies that report quarterly earnings premarket on Tuesday. These companies provide quite a mix of products and services; agricultural processing, a major pharmacy, a satellite TV provider, two high end retailers of watches, handbags and footwear, a supplier of building materials, a brewery, and a fleet provider for offshore energy platforms. The performances of these stocks represent a diverse view of the U.S. economy.Last week we learned that economic growth remained well below par in the second quarter. We saw that consumer confidence could be stalling below normal readings. A report on home prices showed that the housing bubble may be re-inflating as home ownership falls to a 17.5-year low. The payroll data for July was weaker than expected and the unemployment rate fell to 7.4% only because more discouraged workers stopped looking for a job. The economy is creating more part time jobs and the number of part time workers rose to 28 million.
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