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Tracking 8 Stocks that Beat EPS but Are Underperforming


Qualcomm (QCOM) ($65.45) beat EPS estimates by 14 cents a share at $1.14 per share on Jan. 30. The stock traded up to $67.44 on Jan. 31 then moved sideways to down since then. The stock has a hold rating with a positive weekly chart profile with the five-week MMA at $64.64. My annual value level is $64.58 with a monthly pivot at $66.12 and a quarterly risky level at $67.15.

Under Armour (UA) ($48.70) beat EPS estimates by a penny earning 47 cents per share on Jan. 31. The stock popped to $51.94 for a failed test of the 200-day simple moving average at $51.80, then drifted lower since then to $48.48 yesterday. The stock has a hold rating and a neutral weekly chart profile with the stock below its five-week MMA at $49.30. My semiannual value level lags at $42.97 with a weekly pivot at $49.42 and semiannual risky level at $52.01.

United Parcel Service (UPS) ($82.50) missed EPS estimates by 6 cents earning $1.32 per share on Jan. 31, but the stock proved to be resilient. The stock traded down to $79.00 on Feb. 1 then up to a new multi-year high at $83.08 on Feb. 12. UPS kept a buy rating during this volatility with an overbought weekly chart profile and the five-week MMA at $79.37. Stability was influenced by my semiannual pivot at $80.21 with a monthly value level at $75.82 and weekly risky level at $84.84.

Chevron (CVX) ($115.53) missed EPS estimates by 5 cents earning $2.98 per share on Feb. 1. The stock drifted sideways since then while maintaining a buy rating with a positive weekly chart profile, and the five-week MMA at $113.59. My semiannual value level is $111.22 with a weekly pivot at $118.32, a quarterly risky level at $120.94 and annual risky levels at $122.26 and $123.08.

Merck (MRK) ($41.15) beat EPS estimates by 2 cents earning 83 cents per share on Feb. 1. Guidance was light and the stock declined from $43.25 on Jan. 31 to $40.83 on Feb. 4 then sideways since then. The stock has maintained a buy rating with a negative weekly chart profile and the five-week MMA at $42.23. My quarterly value level is $40.81 with my semiannual risky level at $43.41.

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