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Earnings Preview: The Gap, Report Earnings After Hours

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today's pre-earnings buy-and-trade profiles include five companies that report after the closing bell today and three that report before the opening bell tomorrow.

A detailed technical analysis chart about these stocks is on page 3 of this article. I also explain my number-crunching terms there.

The specialty retailer of casual apparel for all members of the family Gap (GPS - Get Report) is a focus stock for after hours earnings today as the stock has a gain of 12.4% so far in 2014 as a positive earnings report is anticipated.

From the tech sector, business software provider (CRM - Get Report) is my second focus stock for after hours today as this stock is up 15.5% year-to-date in anticipation of an earnings beat.

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On to the analysis: ($63.74, up 15.5% YTD): Analysts expect earnings per share loss of 8 cents a share after the closing bell today. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $64.74 on Wednesday well above its 200-day simple moving average at $49.96. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week modified moving average at $60.62. The stock has a gain of 56.1% over the last 12 months. My monthly value level is $60.93 with a weekly risky level at $66.08.

3D Systems (DDD) ($75.97, down 18.3% YTD): Analysts expect the provider of 3D printing products to report earnings of 22 cents a share premarket Friday. The stock set a 2014 high at $97.14 on Jan. 6 then to a 2014 low at $54.63 on Feb. 5 before rebounding to $82.65 on Feb. 21 so this stock can be extremely volatile with its 200-day SMA at $61.53. The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $78.32 and its 200-week SMA at $26.63. Reaction to this earnings report is difficult to judge as the weekly chart appears to show the popping of a parabolic bubble.

The stock has a gain of 116.3% over the last 12 months. My semiannual and annual value levels lag at $57.37 and $52.19 with a semiannual pivot at $77.78 and monthly and quarterly risky levels at $80.88 and $87.79.

Deckers Outdoor (DECK) ($82.34, down 2.5% YTD): Analysts expect the footwear and apparel retailer to report earnings of per share of $3.81 after the closing bell today. The stock set a multiyear intraday high at $90.09 on Jan. 7 then traded to a 2014 low at $72.68 on Jan. 24 well above its 200-day SMA at $66.73. The weekly chart is positive with the five-week MMA at $81.42. The stock has a gain of 104.1% over the last 12 months. My weekly value level is $79.39 with a monthly pivot at $84.81 and semiannual risky level at $86.91.

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