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Wall Street has an exciting week ahead as three big companies are set to announce financial earnings. What should investors watch for?

Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN)

Urban Outfitters' fourth quarter 2015 earnings conference call is scheduled for Monday, March 9 after market close. The company is expected to post earnings of $0.57 a share, down from $0.59 a share and marking a 3 percent decrease from the same quarter a year prior.

Urban Outfitters posted its revenue and same-store sales for the fourth quarter on February 9. Highlights from the report include $1.01 billion in revenue, marking a 12 percent increase on a year-over-year basis. For the full year ending January 31, 2015, sales rose 8 percent to $3.32 billion. The company's wholesale segment net sales also increased by 27 percent.

The company's strong revenue was a direct result of strong holiday sales. However, the sales were mostly driven from Anthropologie and Free People which consistently performed well over the past year, while Urban Outfitters has not seen the same positive results.

In addition, Urban Outfitters has seen an average 2 percent drop in revenue year-over-year for each of the last four quarters, with the biggest fall of 10% in its most recent quarter from the same quarter a year earlier.

On average, the top analyst consensus for Urban Outfitters on TipRanks is Moderate Buy.

Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK)

Shake Shack is scheduled to announce its fourth quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, March 11 after market close. The hamburger restaurant chain is expected to post a loss of -$0.03 a share. This will be the first earnings report Shake Shack is posting since its IPO this past January.

The company currently operates just 63 restaurants in nine different countries, with 16 of them located in the metropolitan New York City area. The company said it plans to expand slowly with a goal to open 10 new locations in the United States every year, as well as adding more international locations.

The Shake Shack excitement has started to wear off as the stock dropped roughly 9 percent in mid-February. Since this dip, Shake Shack's stock has slightly rebounded, closing at $43.87 on March 6. Investors have begun to question the stock's valuation with the measured growth strategy presented by CEO Randy Garutti and Chairman Danny Meyer.

On average, the top analyst consensus for Shake Shack on TipRanks is Hold.

El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ: LOCO)

El Pollo Loco is set to announce its fourth quarter 2014 earnings results on Thursday, March 12 after market close. The company is expected to post earnings of $0.12 a share and $87.48 million in revenue.

El Pollo Loco has had its ups and downs since going public in July 2014. After going public, shares initially soared above the IPO price of $15, hitting a high of $41 roughly one week later. However, shares have been bouncing between $20 and $27.50 for the past several months.

Investors are concerned that El Pollo Loco is only planning to open 5 new locations in 2015 in addition to its issues of moving to the east coast.

Moreover, El Pollo Loco has been trying to transition into health conscious meals very similar to Chipotle's, the clear leader in the industry. Investors will be looking to see if El Pollo Loco can compete with Chipotle in the healthy fast-food industry.

On average, the top analyst consensus for El Pollo Loco on TipRanks is Strong Buy.

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