Rackspace Racks Up Big Gains as Nordstrom and Tiffany Glitter

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Today we crunch the numbers on eight stocks that had strong upward momentum since we profiled them before they reported their quarterly earnings earlier in the month.

Autodesk (ADSK), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Red Robin Gourmet (RRGB) and Tiffany (TIF) set new post-earnings highs on Tuesday.

Rackspace Hosting (RAX) was the biggest winner post-earnings after being a big loser pre-earnings year to date.

All eight had post-earnings gains and today's trading guidelines are provided in the two "crunching the numbers" tables that follow.

Autodesk (ADSK) ($52.47), up 8.6% since May 13. It traded at a post-earnings high at $52.74 on May 27. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week modified moving average at $50.07. Semiannual value levels are $50.24 and $49.35 with a monthly risky level at $57.83.

Cisco Systems (CSCO) ($24.71), up 8.1% since May 13. It traded as high as $24.88 on May 17. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $23.60. Annual and semiannual value levels are $23.38 and $21.96, respectively, with a weekly pivot at $24.50 and an annual risky level at $26.76.

Dollar Tree (DLTR) ($53.17), up 4% since May 20. It traded as high as $54.50 on May 22 vs. its 200-day simple moving average at $54.56. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $52.46. Weekly and annual value levels are $51.79 and $40.89, respectively, with quarterly and monthly risky levels at $54.95 and $56.02, respectively.

Nordstrom (JWN) ($67.92), up 8.5% since May 13. It traded as high as $70.71 on May 16. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $64.93. Monthly and semiannual value levels are $65.30 and $64.19, respectively, with a semiannual and risky level at $76.49.

McKesson  (MCK) ($183.37), up 7.2% since May 9. It traded as high as $185.41 on May 22. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $176.36. Weekly and quarterly value levels are $170.82 and $166.02, respectively, with a monthly risky level is $207.11.

Rackspace Hosting (RAX) ($35.62), up 36% since May 9. It traded as high as $37.37 on May 16. This stock was a big year-to-date loser, down 33% year to date on May 9. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $33.06. Weekly and monthly value levels are $32.27 and $31.93, respectively, with quarterly and semiannual risky levels at $37.81 and $61.34, respectively.

Red Robin Gourmet (RRGB) ($73.58), up 19% since May 16. It traded as high as $73.93 on May 27. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $69.13. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $71.07 and $64.49, respectively, with a monthly risky level at $79.70.

Tiffany (TIF) ($97.92), up 7.9% since May 19. It traded as high as $98.16 on May 27. The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $91.70. Monthly and weekly value levels are $95.17 and $94.30, respectively, with a semiannual risky level at $99.94.

Your investment policy among these stocks depends on whether or not you are a buyer on weakness or a seller of strength. We advocate using a good-'til-cancelled limit order to buy weakness to a value level or to sell strength to a risky level.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Richard Suttmeier can be reached at RSuttmeier@Gmail.com

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