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Key Earnings This Week Could Provide Clue on Market's 'Mojo'

Stocks in this article: YUM AA COST JBHT JPM

Last 12-Month Return (%): Stocks with a red number declined by that percentage over the last 12 months. Stocks with a black number increased by that percentage.

Forecast One-Year Return: Stocks with a red number are projected to decline by that percentage over the next 12 months. Stocks with a black number in the table are projected to move higher by that percentage over the next 12 months.

Value Level: the price at which to enter a good-'til-canceled limit order to buy on weakness. The letters mean: W-Weekly, M-Monthly, Q-Quarterly, S-Semiannual and A- Annual.

Pivot: a level between a value level and risky level that should be a magnet during the time frame noted.

Risky Level: the price at which to enter a GTC limit order to sell on strength.

Earnings reports for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012:

Alcoa ($9.09) has a hold rating, according to ValuEngine, with an extremely elevated P/E ratio. Alcoa is below its 200-day simple moving average at $9.28. The stock set its 2012 high at $10.92 on Feb. 8 and set a 2012 low at $7.97 on July 25. The weekly chart is neutral with the 200-week SMA at $11.84. Investors and traders should employ a "buy and trade" strategy between the value level and risky level.

Yum! Brands ($66.00) has a buy rating, according to ValuEngine, with an elevated P/E ratio and is just below its 200-day SMA at $66.29. The stock set its 2012 high at $74.44 on April 20 and set a second-half 2012 low at $61.05 on July 12. The weekly chart profile is neutral with the 200-week SMA at $47.24. Investors and traders should employ a "buy and trade" strategy between the value level and risky level.

Earnings reports for Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012:

Costco Wholesale (COST) ($101.79) has a buy rating, according to ValuEngine, with an elevated P/E ratio. The stock is above its 200-day simple moving average at $90.06. Costco set a multiyear high at $103.51 on Sept. 21. The weekly chart profile is positive but overbought with the 200-week SMA at $68.60. Investors and traders should employ a "buy and trade" strategy between the value level and risky level.

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