Home Depot's Charts Show Earnings Winning Streak on the Line

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Home improvement chain Home Depot (HD) has been a strong momentum stock since holding its 200-week simple moving average back in August 2011.

The stock enters this week with a negative divergence in technical momentum. Still, the stock is above its 50-day simple moving average and key weekly moving average. This setup favors a "sell on strength" strategy because the stock will likely stay below its all-time intraday high of $117.99 set on March 20.

Analysts expect Home Depot to earn $1.15 a share when the company reports earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday. The company has beat estimates for 11 consecutive quarters. With declining consumer confidence, this winning streak is on the line.

Some analysts say earnings growth should remain impressive because consumers were spending on home remodeling. Others say the company will earn $1.18 a share, continuing the earnings winning streak.

Home Depot is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is up 2.5% year to date ending Friday with a close of 18,272.56 just below its all-time intraday high of 18,288.63 set on April 27. Home Depot is outperforming the Dow 30 with a gain of 8% for the year to date.

Let's look at the daily and weekly charts for Home Depot and provide the key technical levels at which to buy on weakness and the key technical levels at which to sell on strength.

Investors not familiar with technical analysis should begin with the notion that a price chart for a stock shows a road map of past price performance, which provides guidance for predicting future share price direction.

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