This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

5 Stocks Poised to Pop on Bullish Earnings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Another potential earnings short-squeeze trade is restaurant owner and operator Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), which is set to release its numbers on Tuesday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Buffalo Wild Wings to report revenue of $291.96 million on earnings of 95 cents per share.

Just recently, KeyBanc upgraded shares of Buffalo Wild Wings to buy from hold citing that several risks are already priced into the stock and valuation is compelling. The firm said that shares already reflect investors' fears that the company will report lower-than-expected 2013 earnings per share due to rising chicken wing prices. KeyBanc has an $85 price target on the stock, and doesn't expect the company to lower its 2013 earnings per share guidance.

>>5 Bargain Stocks to Play the Resurgent U.S. Consumer

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Buffalo Wild Wings is very high at 19.8%. That means that out of the 18.36 million shares in the tradable float, 3.62 million shares are sold short by the bears. The bears have also been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 4.7%, or by about 160,000 shares. If the bears are caught leaning too hard into a strong number, then shares of BWLD could rip higher post-earnings.

From a technical perspective, BWLD is currently trending above its 50-day moving average and just below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months and change, with shares moving higher from its low o $69.72 to its recent high of $78.46 a share. During that uptrend, shares of BWLD have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of BWLD within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade post-earnings.

If you're in the bull camp on BWLD, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $78.02 to $78.46 a share and then once it clears its 200-day at $79.32 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 405,881 shares. If that breakout triggers, then BWLD will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from last October that started near $86 a share. Any high-volume move above $86 will then put $88 to $89.80 into range for shares of BWLD.

I would simply avoid BWLD or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout, and then drops back below its 50-day at $74.70 a share with high volume. If we get that move, then BWLD will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major support levels at $72.75 to $72.70 a share. Any high-volume move below those levels will then put $69.80 to $69.72 into range for shares of BWLD.

3 of 6

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,079.57 -42.44 -0.25%
S&P 500 1,996.74 -3.38 -0.17%
NASDAQ 4,557.6950 -11.9260 -0.26%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs