Wall Street This Week: eBay, B-Dubs, Yelp and More

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Al Behrman/APCustomers at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Cincinnati.
From the leading restaurant reviews website trying to overcome knocks on its reputation to the last standing major DVD renter stepping up to offer fresh financials, here are some of the things that will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street.

Monday -- Cheering on the Buffalo Herd

The sports bars industry didn't seem like a hot market until Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) began to expand aggressively with company-owned stores and generous franchising territory terms of its family-friendly concept. Earlier this year it topped 1,000 locations, rivaling many of the country's largest casual dining chains. It's come a long way since opening its first restaurant in Ohio 32 years ago.

Buffalo Wild Wings reports Monday afternoon. We've seen a lot of eateries stumble as the crummy weather in December carried over into wintry storms through January. Buffalo Wild Wings -- or B-Dubs, as fans of its chicken wings doused in 21 signature sauces like to say -- didn't have a problem weathering the storm during the holiday quarter. Same-store sales rose 5.2 percent at company-owned locations for the period. This quarter has been more challenging for some operators.

Tuesday -- Sitting at the Dock of eBay

eBay (EBAY) was one of the Internet's original dot-com darlings. The site, which got its start as a place for buy collectibles, has evolved into a full-blown global marketplace.

It certainly doesn't hurt that it acquired PayPal in 2002, recognizing that more of its traders were using that transaction platform over the one that it rolled out on its own. PayPal's growth has come to eclipse the namesake auction site in many ways, but both businesses have been growing briskly. Analysts see eBay, after topping $16 billion in combined revenue last year, ringing up more than $18 billion on the top line in 2014. It will get its first chance to check in against those expectations when it announces its first quarter financials on Tuesday.

Wednesday -- A Cry for Yelp

The bigger you get, the more enemies you make. Yelp (YELP) came under fire earlier this month after the Federal Trade Commission announced that more than 2,000 complaints have poured in from merchants claiming that Yelp is featuring negative reviews after they failed to pay for premium marketing services on the site.

The accusations aren't to be taken lightly, but Wall Street is still looking past the gripes. At least four analysts have upgraded the leading site for reviews of local venues. The notoriety is apparently no match for success, as Yelp saw the number of reviews on its site soar 47 percent to 53 million. Yelp will have another chance to tell its side of the story when it reports quarterly results on Wednesday.

Thursday -- DVDs on Borrowed Time

You may not be familiar with Outerwall (OUTR), but there's a pretty good chance that you know its Redbox subsidiary. Redbox is the leading renter of DVDs, video games and Blu-ray discs these days, at economical nightly rental rates from unmanned kiosks.

Streaming video is the future. However, the DVD's fade in popularity has resulted in an opportunity for Redbox as Blockbuster and other video stores close down. Outerwall reports on Thursday, and analysts see revenue and earnings climbing a mere 2 percent for the quarter. It's not much, but at least it's still moving in the right direction.

Friday -- Prescribing a Cure for the Earnings Season Blues

CVS Caremark (CVS) wraps up the trading week with its latest quarterly report on Friday morning. Analysts see the drugstore operator earning $1.05 a share for the period, well ahead of the 82 cents a share that it checked in with a year earlier.

CVS Caremark has managed to exceed analyst bottom-line forecasts every single quarter over the past year. Investors naturally hope that the streak continues. The stock hit an all-time high just last month.

Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Buffalo Wild Wings, CVS Caremark, eBay and Yelp. The Motley Fool owns shares of Buffalo Wild Wings and eBay.


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