Stock market bears do everything they can to avoid being caught short a stock that announces a solid earnings report. When this happens, we often see a tradable short squeeze develop as the bears scramble to cover some of their positions. Even the best short-sellers know, it's never a great idea to get caught short once a bullish earnings report sparks a big short-covering rally.

This is why I scan the market every week for heavily shorted stocks that are set to report earnings. You only need to find a few of these plays every week to help supercharge your trading performance.

With that in mind, here's a look at five:

Michael Kors

My first earnings short-squeeze trading trade idea is apparel clothing player Michael Kors (KORS) , which is set to release numbers on Wednesday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Michael Kors to report revenue of $1.05 billion on earnings of 70 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Michael Kors sits at 4.1%. That means that out of the 155.60 million shares in the tradable float, 6.49 million shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after Michael Kors reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term resistance levels at $37.60 to $38.97 and then over $39.64 with volume that hits near or above 2 million shares. If that breakout triggers post-earnings, then this stock will set up to make a run at $43 to $44, or even $45 to $46 a share.

VMware

Another potential earnings short-squeeze trading opportunity is technology player VMware (VMW - Get Report) , which is set to release numbers on Thursday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect VMare to report revenue of $1.71 billion on earnings of 95 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for VMware is extremely high at 27.5%. That means that out of the 83.97 million shares in the tradable float, 23.13 million shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after VMware reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above its 52-week high of $97.78 and then over some past resistance at $103.86 with volume that hits near or above 1.21 million shares. If that breakout develops post-earnings, then this stock will set up to make a run at $113 to $115 a share.

Ciena

One potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is communications equipment player Ciena (CIEN - Get Report) , which is set to release numbers on Thursday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Ciena to report revenue of $695.34 million on earnings of 37 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Ciena is pretty high at 12.2%. That means that out of the 138.50 million shares in the tradable float, 15.91 million shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after Ciena reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term resistance levels at $24 to $24.65 with volume that hits near or above 3.10 million shares. If that breakout hits post-earnings, then this stock will set up to make a run at its 52-week high of $26.84 to $30 a share.

Palo Alto Networks

Another earnings short-squeeze prospect is technology player Palo Alto Networks (PANW - Get Report) , which is set to release numbers on Wednesday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Palo Alto Networks to report revenue of $411.96 million on earnings of 55 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Palo Alto Networks stands at 9.6%. That means that out of the 88.60 million shares in the tradable float, 7.98 million shares are sold short by the bear.

I would wait until after Palo Alto Networks reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term resistance levels at $120 to $122.08 with volume that hits near or above 2.24 million shares. If that breakout hits post-earnings, then this stock will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from February that started near $155 a share.

Lululemon Athletica

My final earnings short-squeeze trade idea is athletic apparel player Lululemon Athletica (LULU - Get Report) , which is set to release numbers on Thursday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Lululemon Athletica to report revenue of $513.90 million on earnings of 28 cents per share.

The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Lululemon Athletica is sits at 7.3%. That means that out of the 106.92 million shares in the tradable float, 7.89 million shares are sold short by the bears.

I would wait until after Lululemon Athletica reports, and then look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term resistance levels at $50.12 to its 20-day at $50.71 with volume that hits near or above 3.90 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, then this stock will set up to make a run at its 50-day of $53.26 to $55.64, or even $60 a share.

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This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.