BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Another week of earnings season announcements is ahead of us, providing investors with another opportunity to take advantage of a brand new wave of bullish earnings sentiment. Despite downward pressure in the markets over the course of the last couple of months, investors have become increasingly optimistic about second-quarter 2010's financial performance -- and stocks are seeing a shift upward as a result.That's helped buoy major indexes such as the S&P 500, which gained an impressive 3.55% last week amid hundreds of earnings calls. And while the S&P 500 generated impressive returns last week, our Rocket Stocks plays managed to do even better. For the uninitiated, Rocket Stocks are our weekly list of companies with short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential. In the last 53 weeks, Rocket Stocks have outperformed the S&P 500 by 51.21%. Investing in companies ahead of earnings can offer investors significant gain potential at the risk of equally impressive losses. But that benefit is still too hard to ignore, so for this week's Rocket Stocks plays, we'll be focusing on companies that are reporting their numbers to Wall Street this week. Here's a look at this week's list.
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Diversified defense contractor General Dynamics ( GD) has seen its share of struggles as a result of the global downturn.
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Another aerospace and defense contractor worth watching this week is Boeing ( BA).
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Defense contractors aren't the only plays that look interesting right now. Visa ( V), which also announces on July 28, continues to impress investors with an unmatched payment network and growing transaction volume.
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