NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A ball and a street fair are scheduled in New York to celebrate France's national holiday, and financial reports are pouring out as earnings season begins.
If you need to focus on the bigger picture instead, watch for retail sales numbers or the latest figures on consumer prices.
Here are 10 things you'll need to know about:
1. -- July 12 could be another fateful Sunday for Greece and the Eurozone, and both are working on a last-ditch effort to keep Greece in the common currency. The plan is for EU leaders to gather in Brussels on Sunday by 10 a.m. EST and reach a deal by day's end. In a rare bright spot in negotiations on Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted a proposal for an additional 50 billion euros in bailout funding, offering to cut Greece's national budget by as much as 13 billion euros in exchange.
2. -- There will be a celebration formidable in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, July 12, for Bastille Day, France's national holiday. Although the holiday is officially observed on July 14, a street fair two days earlier on 60 th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues will feature champagne tasting, crêpes and Can-Can dancers. Want to celebrate on the holiday itself? The French consulate in New York will open its annual Bastille Day Ball at club 404 NYC starting at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
3. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expected to officially enter the race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination at an event in Waukesha, Wis., on Monday, July 13, at 6 p.m. ET. He would be the 15th declared Republican candidate, joining the likes of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, also of Florida, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among others. Walker is best known for curbing the power of labor unions in Wisconsin, an effort that culminated with his approval of statewide right-to-work legislation in March. On Friday, Walker's administration said the governor plans to sign a bill that would put new restrictions on abortions in the state.
4. -- Earnings season roars ahead with reports from big banks, airlines and many others. Here's a rundown of the largest companies scheduled to release results:
- Tuesday, July 14: Fast food chain owner Yum! Brands (YUM) , health products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) as well as banks JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) .
- Wednesday, July 15: Intel (INTC) , Delta Airlines (DAL) , streaming service Netflix (NFLX) , energy company Kinder Morgan (KMI) and banks PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) , Bank of America (BAC) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) .
- Thursday, July 16: Domino's Pizza (DPZ) , eBay (EBAY) , Google (GOOGL) (GOOG) , Mattel (MAT) , tobacco product manufacturer Philip Morris International (PM) , health insurer UnitedHealth Group (UNH) and banks Citigroup (C) , Goldman Sachs (GS) and BB&T (BBT) .
- Friday, July 17: General Electric (GE) , Honeywell International (HON) , car insurer Progressive (PGR) and SunTrust Banks (STI) .
Retail sales numbers for June come out at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 14. June is often a slow month for retailers, falling between shopping for Mother's Day in May and back-to-school buying in July and August. The indicator
, just short of the 1.3% analysts were expecting, but still an improvement over April's 0.2% gain.
6. -- Packaged food manufacturer General Mills (GIS) opens its annual shareholders meeting in Boston at 9 a.m. ET. Sales and profits in its retail business, reported on July 1, fell with those of competitors, such as Kellogg (K) and Mondelez International (MDLZ) . The decline was part of a larger shift in consumer preference from the cereals that are the company's signature products to organic and health-conscious alternatives. Minneapolis-based General Mills may also be preparing its Green Giant frozen vegetable brand for sale.
7. -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will testify before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16. As part of her semi-annual appearance before Congress, expect more talk about interest rates but not the ruling out of a September increase, Credit Suisse Chief Economist James Sweeney wrote in a note Friday. In February, the last time she went before the committee, Yellen remained nebulous on the Fed's timeline for hiking interest rates.
8. -- Industrial production data for June will be released at 9:15 a.m. ET. Analysts are expecting a 0.2% increase, according to an average compiled by Bloomberg, which tracks the data. Production in May fell by 0.2% after a 0.5% drop in April.
9. -- Landmark New York City toy store FAO Schwarz is expected to close its doors on Wednesday, July 15, after 30 years at 767 5th Ave. in Manhattan. The store is owned by toy chain Toys "R" Us, which announced the closing in May, citing high rent costs. At the time, the company said in a release that it was "searching for another location in midtown Manhattan" for FAO Schwarz, but it has not reported any progress on the search since.
10. -- Pet food manufacturer Blue Buffalo Products (ticker-to-be BUFF) will make an IPO worth $501 million on Friday, July 17. The Wilton, Conn.-based company hopes to price shares between $16 and $18 each, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It claims to have a 6% share of the U.S. pet food industry with products that feature "high-quality, natural ingredients," such as meats, fruits and vegetables.