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

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- We crunch the numbers on two companies that report their quarterly earnings after the closing bell today, three before the opening bell on Thursday and three after the closing bell on Thursday.

The profiles below provide trading guidelines for the stocks in two "crunching the numbers" tables that follow.

Autodesk (ADSK) ($48.32), down 4% year to date. Analysts expect the designer of software and digital applications for architecture to report earnings per share of 11 cents after the closing bell on Thursday. The stock spiked to an all-time intraday high at $58.68 on Feb. 27, and traded as low as $44.76 on April 11.

The weekly chart shifts to positive with a close this week above its five-week modified moving average at $48.16. Weekly and quarterly value levels are $44.59 and $39.62, respectively, with semiannual and monthly risky levels at $49.35 and $50.83, respectively.

Applied Materials (AMAT) ($19.11), up 8.1% year to date. Analysts expect the maker of semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment to report EPS of 28 cents after the closing bell on Thursday. The stock set a multiyear intraday high at $21.16 April 3, and traded as low as $18.27 on April 28.

The weekly chart shifts to negative with a close this week below its five-week MMA at $19.12. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $18.33 and $15.48, respectively, with weekly and monthly risky levels at $20.15 and $21.59, respectively.

Cisco Systems (CSCO) ($22.86), up 1.9% year to date. Analysts expect the Internet networking giant and Dow component to report EPS of 43 cents after the closing bell on Wednesday. The stock set a 52-week intraday low at $20.22 on Dec. 13, and traded as high as $23.64 on April 24, holding the 200-day simple moving average at $22.81 on Tuesday.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $22.71 and the 200-week SMA at $20.04. Semiannual and monthly value levels are $21.96 and $21.58, respectively, with an annual pivot at $23.38 and weekly and annual risky levels at $24.05 and $26.76, respectively.

Nordstrom (JWN) ($62.62), up 1.3% year to date. Analysts expect the upscale fashion retailer to report EPS of 67 cents after the closing bell on Thursday. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $64.19 on April 3, and traded as low as $59.97 on April 14, holding its 200-day SMA at $59.92.

The weekly chart shifts to negative given a close this week below its five-week MMA at $61.68. Annual and quarterly value levels are $61.71 and $59.04, respectively, with a weekly pivot at $62.12 and semiannual and monthly risky levels at $64.19 and $65.30, respectively.

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