NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today's buy-and-trade earnings previews focus on five buy rated companies in the retail-wholesale sector that report quarterly results premarket Thursday including big box retailer Target (TGT - Get Report), casual apparel seller Buckle (BKE - Get Report) and discounter Dollar Tree (DLTR - Get Report).On Tuesday I wrote Holiday Sales, Housing Recovery Are Key to Recovery and this theme continues as retail earnings becomes a stock market focus. If earnings reports for retailers are not up to par and if housing data weaken, the stock market becomes vulnerable. Such would be further proof that Federal Reserve policy is failing to help Main Street, USA.
Risky Level: Price at which to enter a GTC limit order to sell on strength. Abercrombie ( ANF - Get Report) ($35.18) is expected to report EPS of 44 cents a share and has been trading below its 200-day SMA since Aug. 21 and traded to a 52-week low at $32.41 on Nov. 7. The buy rated retailer of family-oriented apparel has a weekly value level at $32.23 with its 50-day SMA at $35.75 and a monthly risky level at $39.28. BKE - Get Report) ($52.52) is expected to report EPS of 90 cents a share. The stock set a multi-year high at $57.68 on Aug. 5 then broke below its 200-day SMA on Oct. 10 to a second half 2013 low at $46.26 on Oct. 11. The buy rated retailer of mid-priced apparel for young men and women moved back above its 200-day at $50.84 on Nov. 8. My semiannual value level is $50.74 with a semiannual risky level at $56.19. Dollar Tree ( DLTR - Get Report) ($59.31) is expected to report EPS of 60 cents a share. The stock set a multi-year high at $60.19 on Oct. 22 and has been up against this high on Monday. The buy rated discount variety chain has a semiannual value level at $52.56 with a semiannual pivot at $60.61 and quarterly risky level at $61.33. GameStop ( GME - Get Report) ($53.19) is expected to report EPS of 58 cents a share. The stock set a multi-year high at $57.74 on Nov. 14 and then fell to the cusp of its 50-day SMA at $52.88 on Nov. 19. The buy rated retailer of video games and entertainment software has a weekly pivot at $58.18 and monthly risky level at $63.08. TGT - Get Report) ($66.63) set a multi-year high at $73.50 on July 24 then broke below its 200-day SMA on Aug. 21 trading to a second half 2013 low at $62.03 on Oct. 8. The buy rated big box retailer and grocery chain is above its 50-day SMA at $64.49 with the 200-day at $67.42. My annual value level is $65.45 with a monthly risky level at $71.59.
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