A wide variety of earnings are expected from Star 60 companies this week, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is scheduled to be released today.
Other companies releasing earnings this week include, Lowes Companies, which released earnings yesterday, Deere & Co. and Hormel Foods Corp.
The influence of Wal-Mart has been a national phenomenon the past two decades and that has included the Rock River Valley.
The Arkansas-based mega retailer opened its first store in the Rock River Valley in 1986 in Rochelle and it had about 200 employees.
By 2000, Wal-Mart had about 650 workers at stores in Rochelle and Rockford. The past decade saw Wal-Mart build super centers all over Rockford and in Belvidere and Rockton and the company increased its estimated local work force to about 2,750.