Investors won't have a Federal Reserve meeting or SEC certifications to focus on in the coming week, so they'll have to be satisfied with another set of earnings from the nation's retailers. The earnings season has been waning for quite a while, and after this week, reports from companies with the potential to move markets will slow to a trickle. But for the time being, a few influential names remain. Among the companies on the schedule are home improvement products sellers Home Depot ( HD) and Lowe's ( LOW). Toy chain Toys R Us ( TOY), office supplies outfit Staples ( SPLS) and apparel seller Limited Brands ( LTD) also will offer up their numbers. A host of other chain-store earnings line the calendar, including closeout retailer Big Lots ( BLI), booksellers Barnes & Noble ( BKS) and Borders ( BGP), kitchenware merchant Williams-Sonoma ( WSM), clothier Men's Wearhouse ( MW) and discounter ShopKo ( SKO). Last week, reports from the likes of Wal-Mart ( WMT), Target ( TGT), J.C. Penney ( JCP) and Gap ( GPS) were somewhat overshadowed by the meeting of
Federal Open Market Committee and by the hundreds of companies certifying their financials with securities regulators. The retailers shouldn't have to worry about a lack of attention this week though, but a few companies outside the sector will compete for headlines. Optical networker Ciena ( CIEN) is scheduled to report its results, along with medical device maker Medtronic ( MDT) and software developer Novell ( NOVL). The coming week's economic calendar is on the light side for the first time this month. With the exception of Treasury buybacks and auctions, the only reports of note are international trade for June, the leading indicators for July and the weekly initial jobless claims data.