After tech stocks got beat like a red-headed stepchild on Friday, the market dusts itself off today and braces for another round of earnings announcements.

Today's lineup features the likes of retail mavens

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

and

Home Depot

(HD) - Get Report

. In January, Home Depot warned of a fourth-quarter earnings shortfall citing bad weather, rising energy costs, investment losses and higher consumer debt levels as the causes. The Atlanta-based company said it expects to post earnings of 20 cents a share, down from 25 cents a year ago.

Shares of Home Depot traded down 3.6% to finish at $43 on Friday; Wal-Mart finished up 0.7% at $52.36.

Also today,

Align Technology

(ALGN) - Get Report

comes out of its quiet period.

Expected Earnings Reports

This table includes S&P 501 companies only. Dates are as expected according to First Call/Thomson Financial, and may change. The full week's earnings calendar is published separately.

IPO Quiet Periods Expiring

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)

Quiet Period End

Deal Name

Symbol

Lead Underwriter

11/13/01

Align Technology

(ALGN:NYSE)

Deutsche Alex Brown