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Also reporting after Monday's close is S&P 500 component Jacobs Engineering (JEC). Jacobs provides design, engineering and architectural services to corporate and government clients. This is also a mid-cap, with a market capitalization of $6.7 billion. It trades about 1 million shares per day, and has a beta of 1.46. This chart, too, indicates some wide-and-loose trading patterns that undoubtedly vex many traders.

Jacobs has been in a correction since retreating from its March 28 high of $56.53. While momentum traders certainly would avoid this stock based on the technicals, the fundamentals merit a look. Analysts expect the company to report earnings per share of $0.83 on revenue of $2.93 billion, year-over-year increases on the top and bottom lines. The stock regained its 50-day line last week, and closed Friday at $51.65, 0.3%, above that key price line.

For the year, analysts expect earnings of $3.33 per share, a gain of 13% over 2012. Consensus estimates were recently lowered, but the stock nonetheless appears to have good potential, based on the fundamentals.

At the time of publication, Stalter held HTZ.

Kate Stalter is a freelance market writer for RealMoney. From 2001 until 2010, she was a writer at Investor's Business Daily and hosted the "Market Wrap" video at Investors.com. She wrote and edited IBD columns including "The Real Most Active," "Stocks In The News" and "Investor's Corner." Stalter co-hosted Webcasts with TD Ameritrade and regularly presented at IBD investing seminars nationwide. She received her MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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