What to Watch Next Week: MIA Q3 Tech Toys, Simba Roars, What's Next at Netflix, and More


Lion King 3D tops box officeA few months ago, this quarter was supposed to be special. The Wall Street Journal had reported back in July that Amazon.com (AMZN) would be introducing an Android-fueled tablet during the third quarter. And just a few days earlier, sources were also telling the Journal that Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 5 would be launched this quarter.

My mother told me never to say a bad thing about unnamed sources, but the clock is ticking on both fronts. The quarter ends next week, and it doesn't seem as if we'll be seeing Amazon-branded tablets or shiny iPhone 5 handsets in the wild.

That's OK. The latest chatter has both companies hitting the market in October with their potentially disruptive gadgetry. If so, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility for either company to pre-announce the new gizmo, building up hype ahead of the telltale holiday quarter.

In addition to being on the lookout for MIA tech toys, there are other reasons to keep your eyes peeled. Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead once Monday rolls around.

Feeling well: Are folks still buying paper greeting cards? Apparently so. American Greetings (AM), which reports quarterly results next week, has posted year-over-year improvement in seven of the past nine quarters. Analysts see more of the same in Tuesday's report.

I'm typically baffled by the greeting card and stationary giant's financial performances. We live in dot-com-savvy times, so why spring for a costly card when free Facebook greetings are more convenient and cheaper?

I keep wanting to send American Greetings a "get well soon" card, but that opportunity isn't materializing.

Hakuna matata means no worries: You have to feel sorry for Contagion and The Help as a 17-year-old cartoon booted them from the top of the box office this past weekend.

Disney's (DIS) The Lion King -- now in 3-D -- took in more than $30 million in domestic multiplex receipts. Whether it's nostalgia or just a lack of quality kid-friendly fare, the film's surprising showing may inspire Disney to dust off more of its classics.

The strong showing is a surprise because Disney was only planning a two-week run, following that up a few days later with a retail release on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3-D. One has to wonder how things will play out if The Lion King roars in its second week. Would Disney and exhibitors extend the run? There are apparently a lot more people out there wanting to see Simba avenge his father's death.

Is the economy's check in the mail yet?: Paychex (PAYX), one of corporate America's better bellwethers, reports next week. The company provides payroll, human resources, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses where it's not cost effective to man these essential posts in-house.

As you can imagine, a company that handles paychecks and other employee-related matters probably has a pretty good read on the state of the economy. Yes, earnings and free cash flow dipped in 2008 and 2009, mirroring the recessionary softness and rise in unemployment. Results have been climbing since then, and Wall Street is looking for modest income improvement in next week's report.

Netflix waiting to exhale: There's no scheduled announcement pending out of Netflix (NFLX), but there seems to be at least one juicy nugget dropping every week this month about the video buffet operator. Why should the final week of September be any different?

For those playing at home:

  • The month began with Starz (LSTZA) announcing that it would not be renewing its content-streaming deal with Netflix when the current contract runs out early next year.
  • Then there was a minor flap over streaming restrictions that broke during the Labor Day weekend.
  • But the real fireworks came later in the month when Netflix hosed down its domestic subscriber targets and then went on to reveal that it will move its DVD rental recipients to Qwikster.com and add video games to the mail service.

Netflix could certainly use a week to exhale. Two months ago the stock hit a new all-time high. This week it hit a new 52-week low. Netflix is unlikely to be quiet if the lows continue, so keep an eye on the company next week.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz does not owns shares in any of the stocks in this article, except for Disney and Netflix. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Amazon.com, Walt Disney, Apple, Netflix, and Paychex. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a bear put spread position in Netflix. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a bull call spread position in Apple.

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The next few weeks will likely have a major default of a major company like Lehman's. It will "stun" and "shock" the so-called "experts". Greece will default, (although they already have) and it will be admitted to all. Much of Europe is ready to fall on massive debt. But they will continue to try to saving that which cannot be saved. They will do this with taxpayer money, it's a big gamble, which they know won't work, but it will delay the inevitable, and make things much worse in the end.

All markets will be affected and all people. Unemployment will continue to rise, even the phoney numbers issued by government will rise. So wake up, get your money out of the market and your 401K's. Pull out cash if you have it, and keep it at home. Buy something that will go up in value as the markets crash, such as FAZ, DUG, DZZ, EDZ, DRZ, SRS, and TYP. There are others, they will become very valuable as markets crash. Don't be fooled by the manipulated rallies, the financial world knows its broke, and investors are learning this too. It won't be long and the media will be shocked, obama will say its someone elses fault, and that he made things better. Don't believe it, he has made things worse, and his policies guarantee the US quality of life is going down.

Sorry to tell you this, but it is the truth, may God help our nation, now in it's biggest crisis ever.

September 26 2011 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Samir semaan

No matter what happen tomorrrow in the market we should reach the bottom line in stocks and the market should grow slowly the role of the federal reserve bank should be to lend money to small business owners through the private banking system and approval should be granted based on credit qualification and down payment that what you know is serious regarding the house or cars or any lending project. The mood in the house is no do anything for progress in job creation and the reflect will be in the market. The president has to compromise with the house of representative to get his job creation or he has to find another source of income.

September 25 2011 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If bohner cries.......all is well.....If mcconnell smiles.....then its time to sell.

September 25 2011 at 5:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stockbuzz India

There is a rumor that Amazon may buy streaming business of Netflix. http://www.stockbuzzindia.com

September 25 2011 at 3:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"so why spring for a costly card when free Facebook greetings are more convenient and cheaper?"

Wow. You really are a socially inept idiot.

September 23 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Notice the media didn't cover crazy Ackhmedookyjad of 12th Iman fame at the UN this week? The probability of an all-out war in the Middle East before next November is 99.9%. As the contents of Shia kook's speech leak out over the weekend and talk of war with Israel grows, watch Gold take off like a bat outta hell.

September 23 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply