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Trading Guidelines for Apple and Facebook Earnings

Stocks in this article: AAPL CTRX FB FFIV QCOM TXN ZNGA

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) are the headliners reporting after the bell today in what could be a volatile post-earnings trading session.  

Among the seven stocks profiled today ahead of their companies' earnings reports to be released after the closing bell today, five are up between 6.1% and 20.2% year-to-date, outperforming the S&P 500, which is up 1.7%. The other two are down 5.2% and 9%. The numbers are an indication of the potential post-earnings volatility given that one stock is overbought on its weekly chart and the other six have declining weekly stochastics.

We profile these stocks pre-earnings to help investors capture at least a portion of potential volatility. We provide two Crunching the Numbers' tables. The first table covers the technicals and the second table covers analysts' earnings-per-share estimates and where to buy on weakness and where to sell on strength.

Let's start with individual profiles then get into the tables that follow.

Apple ($531.70, down 5.2% YTD): Analysts expect Apple to report earnings per share of $10.21. The stock traded as low as $511.33 on April 15, holding its 200-day simple moving average at $511.55.

The weekly chart is neutral with its five-week modified moving average at $528.93. An annual value level is $517.05 with a weekly pivot at $530.84 and annual and weekly risky levels at $586.06 and $592.82. Given extreme volatility our quarterly value level is $452.39.

Citrix Systems (CTXS) ($57.56, down 9% YTD): Analysts expect the application software provider to report earnings per share of 38 cents. The stock has been below its 200-day SMA at $62.66 since Oct. 8, and traded as low as $51.18 on Jan.30. Even the 2014 intraday high at $62.92 on March 21 was below the 200-day SMA. This average is now at $62.66.

The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $57.57. Our monthly value level is $50.14 with a quarterly pivot at $56.05and annual risky levels at $68.20 and $71.60.

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