The Week Ahead: H&R Block and AMC earnings, Super Tuesday, Leap Day deals

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:

Monday

AMC Entertainment Holdings is scheduled to report earnings for the fourth quarter and all of 2015. The average earnings-per-share estimate of 17 analysts polled is 50 cents, which would mark an increase from EPS of 32 cents last year, Yahoo reports.

Leap Day will bring a bevy of bargains that customers can only get once every four years. Pizza Hut, Urban Outfitters and Expedia are among the companies offering deals in celebration of Feb. 29, MarketWatch reports.

Tuesday

Voters in 11 states head to the polls for Super Tuesday, the busiest day of presidential primary season. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, fresh off a win in South Carolina, will look to extend her lead over rival Bernie Sanders. Clinton already has begun turning some of her focus to the general election, Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Ted Cruz has said GOP frontrunner Donald Trump could all but lock up the party’s nomination if he “steamrolls through Super Tuesday,” Bloomberg reports.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on data encryption and the balance between security and privacy. James Comey, director of the FBI, and Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple, are among the witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing, which comes as the FBI and Apple clash over unlocking the cell phone of one of the people behind December’s deadly attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

Epiq Systems, a Kansas City, Kan.-based provider of technology and services for the legal industry, is set to release quarterly results.

Wednesday

The Federal Reserve Bank is expected to publish its second Beige Book of 2016. The report, released eight times per year, provides an anecdotal look at the economic conditions in each of the Fed’s 12 districts.

Thursday

H&R Block, the Kansas City-based tax services provider, plans to report results for its fiscal third quarter.

Arch Madness, the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament, tips off at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. This marks the 26th straight year the city has hosted the four-day event, which determines the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Friday

The Department of Labor will release unemployment figures for February. Last month, the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent, its lowest level since February 2008. Equally important, Fortune reports, is that January’s jobs report showed wage growth of 3 percent.

Saturday

The University of Missouri wrestling team brings a No. 6 national ranking and an unblemished Mid-American Conference record into the MAC Wrestling Championships, which take place Saturday and Sunday in Ypsilanti, Mich.


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