McDonald's, eBay and Netflix Reporting Earnings This Week

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today's buy-and-trade pre-earnings profiles cover nine stocks in four sectors. These nine companies report quarterly results after hours today or premarket on Thursday.

One company is in the computer and technology sector which is 36.5% overvalued with an overweight rating as 52.1% of the 1126 stocks in the sector have buy or strong buy ratings. This includes strong buy-rated Netflix (NFLX) whose stock fell below its 50-day simple moving average on Jan. 7, but is up 231.5% over the last 12 months.

Two companies are regional banks in the finance sector which has an equal-weight rating as 83.8% of the 2961 stocks in the sector have hold ratings.

Three companies are in the retail-wholesale sector which is 23.4% overvalued with an overweight rating as 82.8% of the 343 stocks in the sector have buy or strong buy ratings. This includes buy-rated eBay (EBAY) whose stock has been trading sideways around its 200-day SMA since June 5.

Three are in the transportation sector which is 33.3% overvalued with an underweight rating as 72.9% of the 170 stocks in the sector sell or strong sell ratings.

eBay ($54.15): Analysts expect the company to earn 71 cents a share after hours today. The online seller of all sorts of stuff is above its 200-day SMA at $53.18 after trading as low as $48.00 on Nov. 26 and as high as $55.39 on Dec. 23. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week modified moving average at $53.10 and its 200-week SMA at $39.10. eBay has a buy rating is 11.8% overvalued with a loss of just 0.1% over the last 12 months. My monthly pivot is $53.44 with semiannual risky levels at $56.91 and $57.47.

Fifth Third Bank (FITB) ($21.82): Analysts expect the bank to earn 42 cents a share premarket on Thursday. The regional bank set a multiyear intraday high at $21.89 on Jan. 21 and is well above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $20.54 and $18.85. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week MMA at $20.99 and its 200-week SMA at $14.67. Fifth Third has a hold rating is 45.5% overvalued with a gain of 33.2% over the last 12 months. My quarterly, monthly and semiannual pivots are $21.20, $21.47, $21.61 and $21.67.

JB Hunt (JBHT) ($79.06) - Analysts expect the company to earn 79 cents a share premarket on Thursday. The trucking company traded to an all-time intraday high at $79.57 on Tuesday and is above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $75.81 and $74.05. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week MMA at $77.19 and its 200-week SMA at $53.09. JB Hunt has a sell rating is 23.2% overvalued with a gain of 25.3% over the last 12 months. My semiannual value level is $73.17 with a monthly pivot at $77.95 and semiannual and quarterly risky levels at $81.46 and $88.26.

Keycorp (KEY) ($14.01): Analysts expect the company to earn 24 cents a share premarket on Thursday. The regional bank traded to a multiyear intraday high at $14.01 on Tuesday and is well above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $13.15 and $11.80. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week MMA at $13.39 and its 200-week SMA at $8.96. Keycorp has a hold rating is 53.2% overvalued with a gain of 51% over the last 12 months. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $12.90 and $12.26 with a semiannual pivot at $13.69 and a monthly risky level at $14.32.

Southwest Airlines  (LUV) ($21.30): Analysts expect the company to earn 28 a share premarket on Thursday. The airliner set a multiyear intraday high at $22.00 on Jan. 15 and is above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $19.85 and $15.31. The weekly chart is positive but overbought in a parabolic orbit with its five-week MMA at $19.74 and its 200-week SMA at $11.63. The airline has a hold rating is 35.1% overvalued with a gain of 89.2% over the last 12 months. Monthly, quarterly and semiannual value levels are $17.25, $17.01 and $16.98.

McDonald's (MCD) ($95.08): Analysts expect the company to earn $1.39 a share premarket on Thursday. The fast food eatery has been below its 200-day SMA at $97.74 since Nov. 27 and is also below its 50-day SMA at $96.39. The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $95.88 with its 200-week SMA at $87.72. McDonald's has a buy rating is just 2.3% overvalued with a gain of 3.1% over the last 12 months. Monthly and quarterly value levels are $91.67 and $89.79 with an annual risky level at $106.59.

Netflix ($328.71): Analysts expect the company to earn 65 cents a share afterhours today. The streaming media company has been below its 50-day SMA at $353.39 since Jan. 7 with its 200-day SMA at $280.86. The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $343.55 with its 200-week SMA at $169.48. The stock has a strong buy rating is 5% overvalued with a gain of 231.5% over the last 12 months. Semiannual and annual value levels are $272.38 and $242.14 with quarterly and semiannual pivots at $325.48 and $328.21 with a monthly risky level at $383.83.

Sandisk (SNDK) ($71.89): Analysts expect the company to earn $1.47 a share afterhours today. The semiconductor company set a new multiyear intraday high at $74.13 on Jan. 17 and is above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $69.16 and $61.89. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week MMA at $70.34 with its 200-week SMA at $47.88. The stock has a buy rating is 34.6% overvalued with a gain of 48.4% over the last 12 months. My annual value level is $61.86 with monthly and semiannual pivots at $73.93 and $74.30 and semiannual risky level at $79.36.

Union Pacific (UNP) ($168.12): Analysts expect the company to earn $2.49 a share premarket on Thursday. The railroad set an all-time intraday high at $171.38 on Jan. 15 and is above its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMAs at $163.26 and $156.91. The weekly chart is positive but overbought with its five-week MMA at $165.52 and its 200-week SMA at $114.22. The stock has a hold rating is 13.2% overvalued with a gain of 26.9% over the last 12 months. My monthly pivot is $168.89 with quarterly and semiannual risky levels are $173.89, $170.99 and $182.28.

At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

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Richard Suttmeier is the chief market strategist at ValuEngine.com. He has been a professional in the U.S. Capital Markets since 1972, transferring his engineering skills to the trading and investment world.

Suttmeier has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science degree from Brooklyn Poly. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1972 trading U.S. Treasury securities in the primary dealer community. He became the first long bond trader for Bache in 1978, and formed the Government Bond Department at LF Rothschild in 1981, helping establish that firm as a primary dealer in 1986. This experience gives him the insights to be an expert on monetary policy, which he features in his newsletters, and market commentary.

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