It's time to take a look at five stocks that could experience big short squeezes following any bullish earnings reports they may soon release.

Remember, short sellers despise being caught short a stock that releases a strong earnings report. When this happens, we often see a tradable short squeeze develop as the bears move quickly to cover some of their trades.

With that in mind, here are five:

Bob Evans Farms Inc.

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My first earnings short-squeeze trade idea is food products producer Bob Evans Farms Inc. (BOBE) , which is set to release numbers Thursday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Bob Evans Farms Inc. to report revenue of $104.15 million on earnings of 42 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for BOBE stands at 3.9%. That means that out of the 19.55 million shares in the tradable float, 773,000 shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after BOBE reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some key resistance levels at $72.64 to its 52-week high of $75.34 with volume that hits near or above 300,400 shares. If that breakout fires off post-earnings, this stock will set up to make a run at $80 to $85, or even $90 a share.

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Finisar Corporation

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Another potential earnings short-squeeze trading opportunity is technology player Finisar Corporation (FNSR) - Get Report , which is set to release numbers Thursday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Finisar Corporation to report revenue of $361.44 million on earnings of 50 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for FNSR stands at 6.8%. That means that out of the 110.05 million shares in the tradable float, 7.57 million shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after FNSR reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above a key downtrend line that will trigger over $27.43 to its 200-day at $28.54 with volume that hits near or above 3.72 million shares. If that breakout hits post-earnings, this stock will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from March that started at $35.25 a share.

Jabil Circuit Inc.

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One potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is technology player Jabil Circuit Inc. (JBL) - Get Report , which is set to release numbers Wednesday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Jabil Circuit Inc. to report revenue of $4.40 billion on earnings of 29 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for JBL sits at 3.8%. That means that out of the 173.54 million shares in the tradable float, 6.71 million shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after JBL reports, then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some key resistance levels at $31.50 to its 52-week high of $31.70 with volume that hits near or above 1.96 million shares. If that breakout triggers post-earnings, this stock will set up to make a run at $35 to $40 a share.

Kroger Co.

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Another earnings short-squeeze prospect is grocery stores player Kroger Co. (KR) - Get Report , which is set to release numbers on Thursday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Kroger Co. to report revenue of $35.77 billion on earnings of 57 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for KR is notable at 2.5%. That means that out of the 908.70 million shares in the tradable float, 22.88 million shares are sold short by the bear.

I would wait until after KR reports, then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some key resistance levels at $30.93 to its 200-day at $31.26 with volume that hits near or above 8.67 million shares. If that breakout develops post-earnings, this stock will set up to make a run at $35 to its 52-week high of $37.97 a share, or even $40 a share.

H&R Block Inc.

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My final earnings short-squeeze play is tax preparation player H&R Block Inc. (HRB) - Get Report , which is set to release numbers Tuesday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect H&R Block Inc. to report revenue of $2.32 billion on earnings of $3.53 per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for HRB is pretty high at 11.4%. That means that out of the 206.04 million shares in the tradable float, 23.55 million shares are sold short by the bear.

I would wait until after HRB reports, then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above its 52-week high of $27.36 with volume that hits near or above 2.97 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, this stock will set up to make a run at $30 to $35, or even $40 a share.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.