The high-profile "100 days" that Yahoo! ( YHOO) has set aside to find a strategy are almost up. But investors aren't any closer to understanding how the company hopes to turn around its difficult situation. The Internet giant will announce third-quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, just nine days before the end of the 100-day review of the company's strategy that CEO Jerry Yang announced in July. And because Yang famously said there would be "no sacred cows" as Yahoo! strove to rectify its struggling position, investors will rightly be looking for some bold moves as part of a new vision. While the company's financial results will obviously be closely watched, its plans for a new strategy will be the centerpiece of its report. For the quarter, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expect Yahoo! to earn 8 cents a share on revenue of $1.24 billion. But given the way Yahoo! shares have traded, Wall Street isn't expecting the company to blow by those numbers. Shares have edged up almost 9% over the quarter, but that comes amid strength in the Internet sector -- and Yahoo! remains the worst performer among big-cap Internet stocks. Google ( GOOG), eBay ( EBAY) and Amazon ( AMZN) all have made stronger gains over the same period. Yahoo! faced a number of headwinds over the quarter that could dampen its results and outlook, Deutsche Bank analyst Jeetil Patel wrote in a note to clients last week. For starters, traffic declined 9% year over year during the third quarter, accelerating the 5% drop the company had seen in the second quarter and in contrast to the 9% gain it had made during the first quarter. "Note that weakness in page views inevitably implies weakness in ad impressions for Yahoo!," Patel wrote. Deutsche Bank makes a market in Yahoo! shares.