Michael Kors Gets Frothy as Brown Shoe Poised for Higher Levels

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Today we crunch the numbers on four retail-oriented companies and one homebuilder that reports quarterly earnings before the start of trading on Wednesday.

Michael Kors  (KORS) is the only stock of the four with a year-to-date gain, up by a double-digit percentage. Two of the laggards are down by double-digit percentages. This individual stock volatility is the main reason investors need to be aware of the pre-earnings profiles we provide.

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

Brown Shoe (BWS) ($25.84), down 8.2% year to date. Analysts expect the operator of retail shoe stores to report earnings per share of 31 cents. The stock is above all five moving averages shown in the first table with the 200-day simple moving average at $24.47.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week modified moving average at $25.03. Weekly and semiannual value levels are $23.83 and $23.76, respectively, with a semiannual pivot at $25.19, and monthly and quarterly risky levels at $26.86 and $32.89, respectively.

Cracker Barrel (CBRL) ($99.25), down 10% year to date. Analysts expect the country store retailer and restaurant chain to report EPS of $1.22. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $118.63 on Nov. 25, and has been below its 200-day SMA at $102.47 since Jan. 27, trading as low as $92.84 on May 15.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $97.44. Semiannual and weekly value levels are $98.95 and $96.37, respectively, with semiannual and monthly risky levels at $104.88 and $105.31.

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