Earnings Countdown Continues: American Express, Google and IBM

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today's Crunching the Numbers tables cover the stocks of six companies that report earnings during the next two days.

Let's start with individual profiles and then get into the tables below.

American Express (AXP) ($86.04, down 5.2%, year to date): Analysts expect the credit-card giant and Dow component to report earnings per share of $1.30 after the closing bell today. The stock traded at an all-time intraday high at $94.35 on March 7, and went as low as $83.99 last Friday, staying above its 200-day simple moving average at $82.43.

The weekly chart is negative with its five-week modified moving average at $88.26. Semiannual and annual value levels are $82.46 and $59.83 with semiannual and quarterly risky levels at $88.58 and $89.05.

Google  (GOOGL) ($548.70, down 2.2% YTD): Analysts expect the Internet giant to report earnings of $5.36 per share after the closing bell today. The stock traded at a split-adjusted all-time intraday high at $615.04 on Feb.26, and then hit a 2014 low at $530.53 on April 7, staying above its 200-day SMA at $513.64.

The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $564.33. Weekly and annual value levels are $536.08 and $522.17 with quarterly and monthly risky levels at $562.40 and $664.16.

Goldman Sachs (GS) ($154.92, down 12.6% YTD): Analysts expect the investment banker and Dow component to report earnings of $3.43 a share before the opening bell tomorrow. The stock has been below its 200-day SMA at $164.36 since April 4, trading as low as $151.65 last Friday.

The weekly chart is negative but oversold with its five-week MMA at $161.60 and the 200-week SMA at $138.27. Semiannual value levels are $128.94 and $109.41 with weekly and monthly risky levels at $162.61 and $163.90.

IBM  (IBM) ($197.02, up 5% YTD): Analysts expect technology giant and Dow component to report earnings of $2.54 a share after the closing bell today. The stock has been above its 200-day SMA at $185.44 since March 20, trading at a 2014 intraday high at $199.21 last Thursday.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $190.03. Weekly and quarterly value levels are $193.45 and $181.73 with annual and semiannual risky levels at $210.61 and $220.00.

Morgan Stanley (MS) ($29.55, down 5.8% YTD): Analysts expect the investment-banking company to report earnings of 60 cents a share before the opening bell tomorrow. The stock has been trading back and forth around its 200-day SMA at $29.17 since April 7, going as low as $28.31 last Friday.

The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $30.28 and the 200-week SMA at $22.75. Semiannual value levels are $17.64 and $16.94 with a quarterly pivot at $28.70 and weekly and monthly risky levels at $31.32 and $32.07.

SanDisk (SNDK) ($75.34, up 6.8% YTD): Analysts expect the provider of flash memory storage products to report earnings of $1.17 a share after the closing bell today. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $85.37 on April 4, and then traded as low as $73.11 on Friday.

The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $75.90 as this parabolic bubble pops. Quarterly and annual value levels are $68.61 and $61.86 with a semiannual pivot at $74.30 and weekly and semiannual risky levels at $77.80 and $79.36.

Crunching the Numbers with Richard Suttmeier: Moving Averages & Stochastics

This table provides the technical status for the stocks profiled in today's report.

There are five columns with moving average titles: Five-Week Modified Moving Average, 21-Day Simple Moving Average, 50-Day Simple Moving Average, 200-Day Simple Moving Average and the 200-Week Simple Moving Average.

The column labeled 12x3x3 Weekly Slow Stochastics shows the pattern on each weekly chart with readings from Oversold, Rising, Overbought, Declining or Flat.

Interpretations: Stocks below a moving average are listed in red.

Five-Week Modified Moving Average (MMA) is one of two indicators that define whether or not a weekly chart profile is positive, neutral or negative. The other is the status of the 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic.

A stock with a positive technical rating is above its five-week MMA with rising or overbought stochastics.

A stock with a negative technical rating is below its five-week MMA with declining or oversold stochastics.

A stock with a neutral technical rating has a profile that is not positive or negative.

The 200-Week Simple Moving Average (SMA) is considered a long-term technical support or resistance and as a "reversion to the mean" over a rolling three to five year horizon. (even Apple declined to its 200-week SMA in June 2013)

The 21-Day Simple Moving Average is a short-term technical support or resistance used by many hedge fund traders to adjust positions. A stock above its 21-day SMA will likely move higher over a rolling three to five day horizon and vice versa.

The 50-Day Simple Moving Average is also a technical support or resistance used by many strategists and commentators in financial TV.

The 200-Day Simple Moving Average is another technical support or resistance and I consider this level as a shorter-term "reversion to the mean" over a rolling six to 12 month horizon. (even Apple tested or crossed its 200-day SMA in nine of the last 10 years)

Crunching the Numbers with Richard Suttmeier: Earnings & Where to Buy & Where to Sell

This table presents the EPS estimates including date and before or after the close, and where to buy on weakness and where to sell on strength.

EPS Date is the day the company reports their quarterly results.

EPS Estimate is the earnings per share estimate from Wall Street analysts.

Value Levels, Pivots and Risky Levels are calculated based upon the last nine weekly closes (W), nine monthly closes (M), nine quarterly closes (Q), nine semiannual closes (S) and nine annual closes (A). I have one column for pivots, which is a magnet for the period shown. The columns to the left of the pivots are first and second value levels. The columns to the right of the pivots are first and second risky levels.

Investors who wish to buy a stock should use a good-until-canceled GTC limit order to buy weakness to a value level. Investors who want to sell a stock should use a GTC limit order to sell strength to a risky level.

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

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This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff

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.

Suttmeier's industry licenses include, Series 7 and Registered Principal (Series 24). He has been the Chief Market Strategist for ValuEngine.com since 2008 and often appears on financial TV.

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