NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ready or not, the first technology earnings season of 2013 has arrived. Investors will focus on the companies reporting next week for insight into the health of the economy, as well as clues about what we should expect from the long line of earnings reports.
If earnings season is anything, it's volatility on overdrive. Prodigious peril and rewards await at every step of the way, and if you don't have your game plan ready along with the mental fortitude to execute flawlessly, you become roadkill fast.
We can't look at the numbers ahead of time, but that doesn't mean we are left entirely in the dark. The most beneficial tools I use to help guide my way are daily and weekly charts. By looking at the historical performance based on past earnings misses and beats, we achieve a better understanding of what to expect in terms of price movement for any given result.
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