Let's Talk About Stocks for a Change

Election. There, I said it. Can we move on to something else now? How about earnings? There are several names with volatile histories around earnings today, and Fossil (FOSL) and Weight Watchers (WTW) are two of my favorites. I trade these just about every earnings report because their historical volatility. Note that I did not say I profitably trade these every earnings report. These two can be tough at times, and the moves can sometimes come with a little delay, but they can be quite large, so I would not be naked on either.

The charts are distinct here, with Fossil leaning more bullish and Weight Watchers leaning more bearish. Both have similar short interests in the mid to high single digits. Both are expecting moves in the pre-teen double digits by expiration Friday. There is a good chance that both will get them or at least come very close to them. The challenge is that these moves can sometimes come after hours or shortly after trading begins, just as it seems the stock price has stalled and is going nowhere. In my opinion, you lock half a profit after hours if you get it. Otherwise, you show some restraint and patience by not overreacting too quickly tomorrow....266 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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