AAPL) reports. As of this writing, according to Yahoo! Finance, that event takes place on Monday, July 16. Intel ( INTC) reports on Tuesday, the 17th -- that's confirmed by the company. Also confirmed by the company, Microsoft ( MSFT) on Thursday, July 19. On the same day -- company-confirmed as well - Verizon ( VZ). These reports should give investors a pretty good feel for what's going on across several spaces, some of which are tightly connected. For Apple, we'll focus on how sales of the third-generation iPad progressed in the company's fiscal year Q3. Don't expect any color on iTV, but it would be nice. If Apple beats its own low expectations and, even more so, if it blows away consensus estimates again, will the stock continue the somewhat familiar pattern of new heights, swift pullback and persistent stagnation at higher lows? While that might frustrate investors, it's been a rewarding trend over the long term.