Stocks were split last week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) lost 0.8% and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) gained less than 0.5%. The big question heading into Kroger's Thursday release is whether the supermarket chain can protect its recent growth momentum against rivals such as Walmart.
The Internet of Things -- or IoT, a catch-all phrase for devices getting connected to the internet or another private network -- is reaching mind-boggling proportions. There are more "things" connected to the internet than there are people, and annual spending to manage this interconnected and still-expanding patchwork of electronic devices is worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. The IoT is a total feeding trough, and it can be difficult to sift through those companies that have a "wide moat" (those with a competitive edge over their peers) from those simply benefiting from a rising tide.
Following is a list of company earnings scheduled for release June 14-18, along with earnings previews for select companies. Next week’s earnings are probably not much significant for major market movements, but it is adequate to gauge investors’ sentiment.