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3 Things to Watch in the Stock Market This Week

Rising corporate earnings and news of an improving job market helped stocks post fresh highs last week as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) and the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) passed 10% gains so far on the year.

Looking ahead, hundreds of companies will post second-quarter reports over the next few days. A few announcements -- including from Disney (NYSE: DIS) , TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP) , and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) -- could produce big stock price swings for investors. Here's what to look for in the reports.

Disney's movie slate

Disney shareholders are trailing the market this year as the entertainment giant has been putting up underwhelming operating results. Net income declined over the past six months as revenue held flat, which puts the company on track for an unusually slow-growth year. In fact, consensus estimates peg sales gains at just 1% in fiscal 2017 compared to 6% in the prior year.

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While the House of Mouse faces challenges, particularly in its ESPN-anchored media-networks segment, a big portion of this year's slump can be blamed on temporary factors. Its consumer-products division, for example, is shrinking mainly because of a brutal comparison against a prior-year period that included hit releases in both the Star Wars and Frozen franchises.

Booming demand at the parks and...