In the timeless holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, forgotten playthings are eventually rescued from the Island of Misfit Toys. This Christmas, we may be seeing companies banished to the island of misfit toymakers.
Here's some of what will shape the week ahead on Wall Street: Big guns like Microsoft and Coke reports earnings; "toy guns" such as Mattel do too; eBay is expected to bid itself up; and we'll hear from some of Citigroup's "Champions."
Things are getting serious in the world of toys as the holiday shopping season approaches. It's a close contest this year between industry giants Mattel and Hasbro -- like battling Transformers -- but the latest entry in the latter's line of interactive Elmo toys should put it over the top.