BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Alcoa (AA), the largest U.S. producer of aluminum, kicks off the quarterly earnings-reporting season a week from Thursday. Traders in stocks under $5 also have their plates full next week with releases.

Already this week, Zale ( ZLC) reported a smaller-than-expected loss of 89 cents a share in its fiscal fourth quarter, although the stock fell more than 5% after the release. Other stocks trading at less than $5 will likely see similar volatile reactions based on earnings results.

TheStreet narrowed the list of companies investors should be watching to 10, ranked by market value, based on Bloomberg's earnings-release schedule. The list includes stocks currently trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and the or NYSE Amex.


10. IsoRay ( ISR)

Company Profile: IsoRay was founded in 1998 to develop isotopes for use in the medical treatment of malignant diseases. The company provides treatment for all solid tumor applications using Cesium-131.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 7 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $1.09 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: 27%

Analyst Ratings: The two research firms with coverage of IsoRay are split between a "buy" and a "hold" rating. The mean of the two estimates for the fiscal fourth quarter calls for a loss of 4 cents a share on revenue of $1.31 million, according to Thomson Reuters.

Income Statement: In the fiscal third quarter ended March 31, IsoRay posted an operating loss of $1.09 million and revenue of $1.2 million. During the quarter, IsoRay said it focused its resources on improving sales while retaining the necessary administrative infrastructure to increase the level of demand for the company's product.

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9. Emmis Communications ( EMMS)

Company Profile: Emmis Communications is a radio broadcaster and magazine publisher. The company's radio stations serve the largest markets in the U.S., including WRKS-FM (98.7 KISS FM), WQHT-FM (HOT 97) and WRXP-FM (101.9 RXP) in New York City. Earlier this month, a buyout bid from Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Smulyan was terminated.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 4 (confirmed)

Share Price: 86 cents (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return YTD: -28%

Analyst Ratings: No firm has coverage of Emmis Communications.

Income Statement: For the three months ended May 31, Emmis posted revenue of $60.3 million and a net loss of 10 cents a share. That was from a year-earlier profit of 32 cents a share.

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8. China Advanced Construction Materials ( CADC)

Company Profile: Founded in 2002 and based in Beijing, China ACM makes construction materials for large-scale commercial, residential and infrastructure developments. The company has an emphasis on the extensive use of recycled waste materials, the efficient production of concrete materials with minimal energy usage, dust and air pollution, and innovative products.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 8 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $3.12 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: -39%

Analyst Ratings: The sole analyst covering China ACM has a "buy" rating on the stock. That analyst has an earnings-per-share target of 28 cents a share in the quarter and a revenue target of $27.1 million.

Income Statement: In August, China ACM preannounced fourth-quarter results, saying it expects revenue in the range of $30 million to $31 million and adjusted earnings of 28 cents to 30 cents a share. For the fiscal third quarter ended March 31, China ACM posted adjusted earnings of 20 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of 16 cents a share.

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7. Material Sciences ( MASC)

Company Profile: Material Sciences makes goods for acoustical and coated applications. The company was founded in 1971 and went public in 1984.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 8 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $4.31 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: 143%

Analyst Ratings: Only one research firm has coverage of Material Sciences, rating the stock a "hold." That analyst has an EPS target of 6 cents a share and a revenue target of $33.8 million for the quarter.

Income Statement: In July, Material Sciences posted fiscal first-quarter earnings of 31 cents a share on sales of $42.5 million. That compared with a year-earlier loss of 30 cents a share on sales of $31.8 million.

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6. Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET)

Company Profile: Bassett Furniture is a retailer of branded home furnishings with 104 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 8 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $4.88 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: 39%

Analyst Ratings: No analyst has coverage of Bassett Furniture.

Income Statement: In July, Bassett posted second-quarter profit of a penny a share on sales of $57.8 million, compared to a year-earlier loss of 86 cents a share on sales of $57.7 million.

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5. CalAmp Corp. ( CAMP)

Company Profile: CalAmp develops wireless-communications services that deliver data, voice and video for critical networked communications and other applications.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 8 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $2.55 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: -26%

Analyst Ratings: The only research firm with coverage of CalAmp has a "buy" rating on the stock. However, that analyst is calling for a loss of 3 cents a share on revenue of $28.5 million in the quarter.

Income Statement: In July, CalAmp reported a fiscal first-quarter adjusted loss of 4 cents a share on revenue of $26.3 million, compared with a year-earlier adjusted loss of 9 cents a share on revenue of $23 million.

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4. Tianyin Phamaceutical ( TPI)

Company Profile: Tianyin Pharmaceutical develops modernized traditional Chinese medicines and other pharmaceuticals in China.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 8 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $2.70 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return YTD: -35%

Analyst Ratings: There are no analyst ratings on Tianyin Pharmaceutical. One analyst is forecasting a profit of 12 cents a share on revenue of $17.8 million in the quarter.

Income Statement: In May, Tianyin said that in the three months ended March 31, it had net income of $2.91 million and sales of $15.92 million. That compared with net income of $1.89 million and sales of $9.93 million a year earlier.

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3. Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI)

Company Profile: Premier Exhibitions presents to the public museum-quality touring exhibitions around the world. Its products are presented to the public in exhibition centers, museums, retail locations and other venues.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 7 (confirmed)

Share Price: $1.74 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: -23%

Analyst Ratings: There are no analyst ratings on Premier Exhibitions.

Income Statement: In its fiscal first quarter ended May 31, Premier Exhibitions posted a net loss of 3 cents a share on revenue of $10.2 million. That compared with a loss of 20 cents a share on revenue of $9.85 million a year earlier.

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2. NaviSite ( NAVI)

Company Profile: NaviSite is a global information-technology provider of enterprise-hosting and application services. The company also offers cloud-enabled application-management services. In August, NaviSite said it rejected an unsolicited bid from Atlantic Investors to acquire the company for $3.05 a share.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 7 (confirmed)

Share Price: $3.40 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: 72%

Analyst Ratings: The sole analyst with a rating on NaviSite suggests that investors hold shares of the company. The mean of two analyst estimates for the fiscal fourth quarter calls for a loss of 4 cents a share and revenue of $32.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters.

Income Statement: In June, NaviSite reported fiscal third-quarter net income of 47 cents a share on revenue of $31.4 million, although net income included a sale of discontinued operations. That compared with a year-earlier loss of 9 cents a share on revenue of $31 million.

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1. GenCorp ( GY)

Company Profile: GenCorp is a maker of aerospace and defense products and systems, and also operates a real-estate segment.

Earnings Reporting Date: Oct. 8 (unconfirmed)

Share Price: $4.71 (Sept. 27 close)

Total Return 2010: -32%

Analyst Ratings: Only one research firm has coverage of GenCorp, recommending that investors buy shares of the aerospace and defense company. There are no quarterly estimates for earnings or revenue.

Income Statement: In July, GenCorp posted second-quarter earnings of 19 cents a share on revenue of $234.1 million, compared with a year-earlier profit of 16 cents a share on revenue of $183 million.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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