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Schaeffer's Daily Market Blog Features: American Eagle Outfitters, Wal-Mart Stores, Interpublic Group of Companies, Staples, and Home Depot.

CINCINNATI -- Among the stocks featured in the November 14 edition of Schaeffer's Market Blog are American Eagle Outfitters (NASDAQ:AEOS), Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT), Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), and Home Depot (NYSE:HD). Schaeffer's Market Blog is just one of the many free market commentaries written every day at - the home of Bernie Schaeffer and Schaeffer's Investment Research. The Market Blog is written throughout every trading day by Schaeffer's financial analysts and traders. They are quick insights to the day's most notable market activity from an options perspective. To have this report delivered to you free via email every day click on the following link and you'll also get an opportunity to win an iPod Nano. .

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10:21 AM American Eagle Soars on Earnings

Before the open this morning, American Eagle Outfitters (NASDAQ:AEOS) announced that third-quarter income rose to $100.9 million, or 66 cents per share, as sales increased to $696.3 million. Same-store sales during the quarter rose 13 percent. Analysts had predicted earnings of 65 cents per share on revenue of $690.9 million. The company set its fourth-quarter earnings view at 94-96 cents per share, ahead of the consensus estimate of 91 cents. What's more, the firm announced that its board declared a three-for-two common stock split. The stock split is payable December 28 to shareholders of record November 24.

Technically speaking, the equity gapped higher on the open to tag a new all-time high of $48.47. The shares have since begun to pull back to support at the 47 level, a region of former staunch resistance for the security. Heading into the report, options players were skeptical of the firm. The stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) has climbed to 1.54, which is higher than all but 18 percent of the readings taken during the past 52 weeks.

10:26 AM Wal-Mart Jumps on Earnings

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) boasted third-quarter earnings of $2.6 billion, or 63 cents per share. Stripping out a favorable tax ruling, profit rose 7.1 percent to $2.9 billion, or 62 cents per share. Sales for the three-month period climbed 12 percent to $84.5 billion. Analysts had forecast earnings of 59 cents per share on revenue of $84.48 billion. The company expects fourth-quarter earnings between 88 cents and 92 cents per share.

The shares gapped higher on the news and are currently up 2.7 percent. This rally has carried the security above its declining 10-day moving average, but the stock has pulled back to rest on this trendline. The equity is still facing overhead resistance at its 10-week moving average. In options activity, the stock has inched above heavy call open interest at the November 47.50 call (more than 21,400 contracts), but is still below peak call open interest at the 50 strike (nearly 26,000 contracts).

11:26 AM NYSE & NASDAQ New Highs/New Lows With Equity Scorecard

Each day, our Trader's Blog features tables with stocks achieving new annual highs or lows while sporting an "extreme" Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard rating. Today's tables include Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG) and its score of 9.0 out of 10 and Walter Industries (WLT) and its score of 2.0 out of 10.

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11:56 AM Staples Attracts Options Buyers

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) is another retailing name to take its turn in the earnings confessional today. The office-supplies concern said third-quarter net income rose to $289.9 million, or 39 cents per share, from 30 cents in the year-ago period. Excluding items, SPLS would have earned 36 cents per share. Sales rose to $4.76 billion as same-store sales edged four percent higher. Analysts were expecting per-share results of 36 cents on $4.69 billion in revenue.

The stock has dropped more than two percent today, gapping below its 10-day and 20-day moving averages. Today's news has sparked interest among the speculative crowd. The SPLS January 25 call (PLQ AE) is currently the most-active call on the CBOE, with more than 11,000 contracts changing hands. Heading into today's session, this at-the-money position was home to about 2,600 contracts, indicating that much of today's volume is likely to translate as new open interest.

12:03 AM Home Depot Disappoints

This morning, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) announced poorer-than-expected third-quarter earnings. The home-improvement company raked in 73 cents per share during the quarter while tallying quarterly sales of $23.09 billion. The consensus estimate for quarterly earnings stood at 75 cents per share on net sales of $23.4 billion. HD's chairman, president, and chief executive Bob Nardelli noted that "sales performance was softer than we anticipated, but I believe we are making the right decisions to strengthen our core retail business."

Currently, HD shares have slipped nearly one percent following the disappointing news. Moreover, the stock still faces resistance at its 10-week and 10-month moving averages. The 10-week trendline has been a major barrier in the stock's struggles throughout 2006. A recent bearish crossover completed by HD's 10-month moving average is also a foreboding technical development.

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