On Thursday, Feb. 25, investors will be keeping a close eye on quarterly results from Kraft Heinz (KHC) - Get Report and several retail stocks, including Best Buy (BBY) - Get Report and Kohl's (KSS) - Get Report .
Kraft Heinz is a holding of Action Alerts PLUS, the charitable trust portfolio managed by TheStreet's Jim Cramer.
"The key thing driving this entire story is the merger between Kraft and Heinz," said Scott Berman, a portfolio analyst with the charitable trust. "I don't think we're going to see actual results from that this quarter, because it just closed last quarter, but we'll be looking for an update on their margin expansion efforts."
Kraft Heinz will post earnings after the markets close.
Best Buy reports results on Thursday before the markets open. Analysts expect the electronics company to report earnings per share of $1.39 on sales of about $13.61 billion.
Kohl's also posts earnings before the opening bell, with analysts looking for net income of $1.56 a share on sales of about $6.4 billion.
The aforementioned retailers are important gauges of consumer health, especially as consumers have been reluctant to spend the stimulus from low gasoline prices over the past 18 months.
Meanwhile, investors will monitoring remarks from Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, who will be speaking at a conference in Atlanta at 8:15 a.m. ET. The markets are on edge about the timing of the Fed's next rate hike, which may be delayed amid the recent volatility in the stock market.
Durable goods orders for January and weekly jobless claims are both released at 8:30 a.m. ET.