I would simply avoid PLAB or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout, and then drops back below some key near-term support levels at $7.87 to $7.58 a share with high volume. If we get that move, then PLAB will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major support levels at $7.03 to $6 a share.
Smith & Wesson
Another potential earnings short-squeeze play is firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson ( SWHC), which is set to release its numbers on Tuesday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Smith & Wesson to report revenue $137.52 million on earnings of 21 cents per share.
Just recently, Lake Street Capital Markets upgraded shares of Smith & Wesson to buy from hold and slapped a $17 per share price target on the stock.>>3 Stocks Spiking on Big Volume The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Smith & Wesson is extremely high at 30.6%. That means that out of the 61.60 million shares in the tradable float, 18.70 million shares are sold short by the bears. If the bulls get the earnings news they're looking for, then shares of SWHC could easily explode higher post-earnings as the bears rush to cover some of their bets. From a technical perspective, SWHC is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock has been uptrending for the last three months, with shares moving higher from its low of $10.25 to its intraday high of $12.48 a share. During that uptrend, shares of SWHC have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of SWHC within range of triggering a big breakout trade post-earnings. If you're in the bull camp on SWHC, 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 $13 to its 52-week high at $13.38 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.59 million shares. If that breakout hits, then SWHC will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $16 to $18 a share.