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Vera Bradley

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One final earnings short-squeeze play is Vera Bradley (VRA), set to release numbers on Tuesday after the market close. This is a designer, producer, marketer and retailer of accessories for women. The products include offering of handbags, accessories and travel and leisure items. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Vera Bradley to report revenues of $96.82 million.

I like this stock for a post-earnings short-squeeze play because the bears have cleaned up on this name recently in a big way. This stock has dropped dramatically from its May high of $52.35 a share to its current low of $24.83 a share. That huge drop could be setting up this stock for a sharp rebound if the bulls hear what they're looking for.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Vera Bradley is an extremely large 29.5%. That means that out of the 19.74 million shares in the tradable float, 5.83 million are sold short by the bears. It's worth pointing out that the bears have been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 10.5%, or by around 554,000 million shares. If the bears are pressing too much ahead of this quarter, then this stock could easily see a big short-squeeze.

From a technical standpoint, the stock is currently trading significantly below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. That said, the stock just found some buying support at around $25 a share and has since bounced up towards its current price of around $29 a share.

I would look to be a buyer of this stock after they report if it trades above $30 to $31.56 a share on strong volume. Look for volume the following day that's tracking in close to or greater than its three-month average action of 582,000 shares. I would target a run back towards $35 a share (50-day) or possible $38 a share (200-day) if the bulls gain full control of this stock post-earnings.

I would only short this name if it drops below $25 a share on big volume after the company reports its results. I would add to any bearish bets if it then drops below $22.50 a share and ride this stock down with the short-sellers.

To see more potential earnings short squeeze candidates like LDK Solar (LDK), DSW (DSW) and Gordmans Stores (GMAN), check out the Earnings Short Squeeze Plays portfolio on Stockpickr.

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-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.

At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., is an independent trader who focuses on stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to Beconequity.com and maintains the website Maddmoney.net, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.

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