NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today we crunch the numbers on five companies that report quarterly earnings after the closing bell Wednesday and four that report before the opening bell on Thursday.
The profiles below provide trading guidelines for the stocks in two "crunching the numbers" tables that follow (on pages 2 and 3).
Apache (APA) ($86.42) is up just 0.6% year to date. Analysts expect the oil and gas explorer to report earnings per share of $1.63 before the opening bell on Thursday. The stock traded as low as $77.31 on Feb. 5 then as high as $88.69 on April 29, which was higher than its 200-day simple moving average now at $85.01. The weekly chart is positive with the five-week modified moving average at $84.91. Monthly and semiannual value levels are $84.87 and $83.38, respectively, with weekly and annual risky levels at $88.13 and $111.91, respectively.
Dean Foods (DF) ($15.27) is down 11% year to date. Analysts expect the processor of daily products to report EPS of 2 cents before the opening bell on Thursday. The stock traded as low as $13.59 on Feb. 11 then as high as $16.52 on April 4, which was well below its 200-day SMA at $17.55. The weekly chart shifts to positive given a close this week above its five-week MMA at $15.47. Monthly and annual value levels are $14.55 and $10.51, respectively, with weekly and quarterly risky levels at $16.09 and $20.21, respectively.JA Solar (JASO) ($9.95), up 8.5% year to date. Analysts expect the maker of high-performance solar cells to report EPS of 8 cents before the opening bell on Thursday. The stock traded as low as $8.35 on Feb. 5 then as high as $13.14 on March 17. Weakness has held its 200-day SMA down, and it is now at $9.71. The weekly chart is negative with the five-week MMA at $10.11 and the 200-week SMA at $14.92. Weekly and semiannual value levels are $9.38 and $5.48, respectively, with quarterly and monthly risky levels at $11.04 and $12.33, respectively.
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