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Alibaba, Google Parent Alphabet, Mastercard, PayPal Lead Seven 99 Composite Rating Stocks With Earnings This Week: S&P 500 Futures | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

Futures for the S&P 500 index  were little changed late Sunday ahead of the busiest week of earnings. Alibaba (BABA), Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), Mastercard (MA), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), PayPal (PYPL), ServiceNow (NOW) and Align Technology (ALGN) are all companies with quarterly financials on tap that boast best-possible 99 Composite Ratings.

X The Composite Rating combines several IBD proprietary ratings on earnings and other key factors. All-time stock winners often have Composite Ratings of 95 or better near the start of big runs.

S&P 500 futures rose a fraction vs. fair value. So did Nasdaq 100 and Dow industrials futures. The S&P 500, Nasdaq composite and Dow industrials all hit highs on Friday.

Alibaba

Alibaba reports early Thursday. The Chinese e-commerce giant’s earnings are expected to rise 28% to $1.66 a share. Revenue should surge 57% to $12.06 billion, marking its strongest top-line growth in 15 quarters.

Alibaba closed Friday at 205.22, becoming slightly extended from a 191.85 buy point from a shallow cup base. Alibaba struggled with that entry initially. The stock has been a difficult one to trade in recent months. The stock has been up and down and generally hasn’t made headway vs. the broader market since late August. The relative strength line, which tracks a stock’s performance vs. the S&P 500 index, has been flat to lagging, though it did show some strength last week.

Alphabet

Alphabet releases Q4 results Thursday night. The Google parent is likely to report earnings $10.12 a share, up 34% vs. a year earlier. Revenue should grow 22% to $31.86 billion.

Alphabet decisively cleared 1,006.29 buy point on Oct. 27, following its Q3 earnings report. But shares didn’t make much progress, testing the entry and 50-day moving average in early December. Shares are now well extended from the prior base, closing Friday at 1,187.21, but the RS line has largely moved sideways.

Mastercard

Mastercard should report a 30% Q4 EPS gain to $1.12 on Thursday morning with revenue rising 18% to $3.26 billion.

Rival Visa (V) releases fiscal Q1 results Thursday night. Visa has a 98 Composite Rating, is seen reporting an 8% revenue gain to $4.81 billion with EPS up 14% to 98 cents.

Mastercard and Visa are both well extended from any possible buy points. Their RS lines are rising fractionally, just outpacing a sprinting S&P 500 index.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vertex Pharmaceuticals reports Wednesday. Expect a 66% EPS gain to 58 cents with revenue swelling 30% to $596 million.

The biotech cleared a 167.95 buy point on Friday from a six-month consolidation, closing at 169.21. But volume was 2% below normal.

PayPal

PayPal’s earnings are due late Wednesday.

PayPal’s EPS should increase 24% to 52 cents, with revenue rising 22% to $3.63 billion.

The stock closed Friday at 85.45, slightly extended from a 79.48 buy point. PayPal limped over that entry after several weak efforts, generally on lackluster volume.

ServiceNow

ServiceNow reports Wednesday night. Earnings should climb 46% to 35 cents a share, with revenue up 39% to $535 million.

ServiceNow has risen in every single session of 2018, up 15% so far this year. The stock is well extended from any possible buy point.

Align Technology

Align Technology reports on Tuesday. The maker of Invisalign braces is expected to report earnings of 96 cents a share, up 43% vs. a year earlier. Revenue should swell 35% to $395 million.

Align Technology closed Friday at 283.45, slightly extended from a 266.51 cup-base buy point. Align initially cleared the entry on Jan. 17, but in volume that was only 6% above normal.

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