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How to Trade Earnings for Cisco, Kohl's and Walmart, Plus 5 Others

Kohl's (KSS) ($55.89), down 1.5% year to date. Analysts expect the department-store operator to report EPS of 63 cents before the opening bell on Thursday. The stock traded as low as $48.68 on Feb. 5, and went as high as $58.20 on April 4, crossing its 200-day SMA four times with this average now at $53.85.

The weekly chart shifts to negative given a close this week below its five-week MMA at $55.14. Annual value levels are $54.63 and $52.25 with a weekly pivot at $55.78 and semiannual and monthly risky levels at $57.44and $58.42, respectively.

Netease (NTES) ($71.43), down 9.1% year to date. Analysts expect the Internet software provider for gaming applications to report EPS of $1.40 cents after the closing bell on Wednesday. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $84.35 on Jan. 9 then traded as low as $62.92 on March 20 crossing the 200-day SMA several times with this average now at $70.52.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $69.51. Semiannual and quarterly value levels are $68.95 and $66.62, respectively, with a monthly pivot at $71.07.

Teekay Corp (TK) ($58.59), up 22% year to date. Analysts expect the provider of a fleet of oil tankers to report a loss of 16 cents a share before the opening bell on Thursday. The stock set a multiyear intraday high at $60.42 on March 5, and traded as low as $54.82 on April 7.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $56.64. Weekly and quarterly value levels are $56.21 and $48.01, respectively, with a monthly risky level at $62.45.

Walmart (WMT - Get Report) ($79.14), up 0.6% year to date. Analysts expect the world's largest retailer and Dow component to report EPS of $1.15 before the opening bell on Thursday. The stock traded as low as $72.27 on Feb. 5, and as high as $79.98 on April 24, crossing its 200-day SMA two times with this average now at $76.37.

The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week MMA at $77.91. Semiannual value levels are $76.49 and $75.89 with weekly and monthly risky levels at $81.21 and $81.61, respectively.

Your investment policy among these stocks depends on whether or not you are a buyer on weakness or a seller of strength. We advocate using a good-'til-cancelled limit order to buy weakness to a value level or to sell strength to a risky level.

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