NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Earnings have slowed down and economic data is becoming more and more important as the Federal Reserve announcement is quickly approaching later this month. TheStreet's Brittany Umar, Lindsey Bell and Andrew Krill prep us for this week ahead.

Starting off the holiday-shortened week is H&R Block ( HRB), which will report earnings on Tuesday after the close.

Ciena Corp. ( CIEN) will report Wednesday before the open and Dollar General ( DG) reports during market hours at 10 a.m. EDT.

After the close on Thursday, it starts to get busy, with Quicksilver ( ZQK), Smith & Wesson Holding ( SWHC), Zumiez ( ZUMZ), VeriFone Systems ( PAY) and Infoblox ( BLOX) all reporting earnings.

Bell added that Infoblox has doubled in 2013, but according to the options market, still looks to have upside ahead, following the high expectations for this quarter.

Although Smithfield Foods ( SFD) will report earnings on Friday morning, that's far from most investors' radar, with the nonfarm payrolls report for the month of August due out at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

It's the last big economic report before the Fed meeting later this month and could be the pivotal datapoint in the decision over tapering, Krill said.

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Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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