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Facebook Booms, Merck, Pfizer Earnings Loom

Facebook (FB) ($34.36) beat estimates by 4 cents earning 13 cents a share. The stock opened Thursday at $33.54 traded up to $34.00 then dipped to $32.75 before popping to a day's high at $34.88. Since Facebook is a May 2012 IPO, my model can only generate weekly and monthly levels, and the stock stayed above my monthly risky level, now a pivot at $32.29.

F5 Networks (FFIV) ($87.29) beat estimates by 2 cents earning 87 cents a share. The stock opened at $87.97 just above its 200-day SMA at $87.65. The day's high was $92.79 before closing below the 200-day SMA. Given opening strength buy-and-trade investors could have sold at my monthly risky level at $89.96.

Pepsico (PEP) ($85.55) beat estimates by 12 cents earning $1.31 a share premarket Wednesday. The stock opened at $86.70 then drifted to a low of $85.28 on Thursday. My monthly value level is $84.80.

Visa (V) ($194.61) beat estimates by 9 cents earning $1.88 a share. The stock traded up to a new multi-year high at $196.00 above my quarterly risky level, now a pivot at $193.54.

Stocks continue to trade under a ValuEngine valuation warning with 76.7% of all stocks overvalued, 45.1% are overvalued by 20% or more. Fifteen of 16 sectors are overvalued, 14 by double-digit percentages.

Here is my table of data for the five stocks reporting results on Tuesday:

Reading the Table

OV/UN Valued: Stocks with a red number are undervalued by this percentage. Those with a black number are overvalued by that percentage according to ValuEngine.

VE Rating: A "1-engine" rating is a strong sell, a "2-engine" rating is a sell, a "3-engine" rating is a hold, a "4-engine" rating is a buy and a "5-engine" rating is a strong buy.

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 1-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: Price at which to enter a GTC 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: Price at which to enter a GTC limit order to sell on strength.

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