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How to Bet on Earnings From Amazon, Ford, Microsoft, More

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) components Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) and Visa (V) will lead more than a dozen companies reporting quarterly earnings after the closing bell today or before the opening bell on Friday.

Rather than profile each stock individually, I crunch the numbers in the following tables for you.

The biggest year-to-date gainer is Newmont Mining (NEM) ($25.92), up 12.5%. This is quite a surprise for investors, as the gold miner is down 25% over the last 12 months. The stock tested its 200-day simple moving average at $26.20 on Tuesday. Newmont has been below its 200-day SMA since early November 2012. Gold may have a negative weekly chart but Newmont has a positive weekly chart with its five-week modified moving average at $24.43. We show a weekly pivot at $25.05 with an annual risky level at $34.58.

The second biggest year-to-date gainer is Microsoft ($39.69), up 6.1%. Microsoft recently suspended support of the still-popular Windows XP operating system, suggesting that users of XP upgrade to Windows 8.1.

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The problem with this is that older PCs will not run this version on Windows. For more on the issue, see my April 7 article, "Will Investors Support Microsoft After It Ends Windows XP Support?" But the short answer is that the end of XP support seems like a bad move for Microsoft. In my judgment Microsoft has left many retailers and small businesses high and dry -- 30% of all personal computers still run on Windows XP.

The weekly Microsoft chart shifts to negative given a weekly close below the five-week MMA at $39.22. Quarterly and annual value levels are $35.05 and $34.02, with weekly and monthly risky levels at $40.57 and $42.77.

The biggest year-to-date loser is Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) ($324.58), down 18.6%. The stock has been below its 200-day SMA at $342.59 since April 3. It traded as low as $305.50 on April 15. I covered this stock on March 28 in, "Pop! Goes the Momentum Bubble."

Amazon's weekly chart is negative but oversold, with the five-week MMA at $338.02. An annual value level lags at $259.67 with an annual pivot at $334.95, and semiannual risky levels at $351.24 and $359.11.

Down 10.3% year-to-date is Baidu (BIDU) ($159.58) the Chinese-language Internet search provider. Baidu traded to an all-time intraday high at $189.34 on March 7, then plunged to as low as $140.66 on April 7. Now it is positioned above its 200-day simple moving average at $154.16. The weekly chart shifts to positive on a weekly close above its five-week MMA at $158.18. This week's value level is $145.83, with a monthly risky level at $185.01.

Down 10.2% year-to-date is Starbucks (SBUX) ($70.39) has been below its 200-day SMA at $74.88 since April 1, trading as low as $67.93 on April 15. The weekly chart is negative, with its five-week MMA at $71.88. Annual value levels are $53.76 and $41.84, with a weekly pivot at $71.73 and quarterly and semiannual risky levels at $73.50 and $78.52.

Our number-crunching tables follow on page 2.

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