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Earnings Preview: JCPenney and Best Buy Are Survivors

Kohls (KSS) ($53.21, down 6.2% YTD): Analysts expect this general retailer to report earnings of $1.53 a share premarket on Thursday, Feb. 27. The stock has been trading back and forth around its 200-week SMA at $50.68 since mid-2009, and closed Tuesday above its 200-day SMA at $52.91 for the first time since Jan. 22. The weekly chart is positive, with its five-week MMA at $52.48.

The stock has a gain of 16.9% over the last 12 months. My semiannual value level is $46.89, with a quarterly pivot at $51.01 and annual risky levels at $52.25 and $54.63.

Lamar Advertising (LAMR) ($50.25, down 3.8% YTD): Analysts expect the outdoor advertising company to report earnings of 15 cents a share premarket on Thursday, Feb. 27. The stock set a multiyear intraday high at $52.33 on Dec. 31, then held its 200-day SMA at $46.98 on Jan. 31. The weekly chart is positive, with its five-week MMA at $50.12.

The stock has a gain of 16.6% over the last 12 months. Monthly and semiannual value levels are $46.84 and $43.24, with semiannual and quarterly risky levels at $54.35 and $57.01.

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L Brands (LB) ($54.39, down 10.4% YTD): Analysts expect the specialty retailer of women's apparel and beauty products to earn $1.61 a share after the closing bell today. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $65.94 on Dec. 2, then traded as low as $49.87 on Feb. 3, and has been below its 200-day SMA at $55.98 since Jan. 16. The weekly chart shifts to positive, given a weekly close above its five-week MMA at $54.85.

The stock has a gain of 26.9% over the last 12 months. Weekly and monthly value levels are $49.39 and $44.61.

Transocean (RIG) ($43.42 down 12.1% YTD): Analysts expect the offshore contract drilling services provider to report earnings of 72 cents a share after the closing bell today. The stock set a 2014 low at $41.44 on Feb. 5 well below its 200-day SMA at $48.04. The weekly chart is negative but oversold, with its five-week MMA at $44.87.

The stock has a loss of 15.3% over the last 12 months. Monthly and weekly value levels are $42.70 and $40.73 with a quarterly risky level at $57.66.

Tivo (TIVO) ($13.17 up 0.4% YTD): Analysts expect the DVR set-top box company for TV recording to report earnings of 4 cents a share after the closing bell today. The stock has been trading back and forth around its 200-day SMA at $12.27. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $12.64.

The stock has a gain of 7.6% over the last 12 months. Annual and monthly value levels are $11.67 and $11.55, with annual and quarterly risky levels at $14.20 and $14.39.

Wendy's (WEN) ($10.15 up 16.4% YTD): Analysts expect the hamburger chain to report earnings of 10 cents a share in the premarket on Thursday, Feb. 27. The stock set a new multiyear intraday high at $10.19 on Tuesday, with its 200-day SMA at $7.86. The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with its five-week MMA at $9.15.

The stock has a gain of 86.2% over the last 12 months. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $7.17 and $6.80, with a weekly pivot at $9.56 and monthly risky level at $10.30.

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