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Three very well-known companies are about to see their shares go on a wild ride. That's because all three are heavily shorted -- or have lots of investors betting against their success -- and all three are reporting earnings. When these two forces collide, volatility is almost always the result. If you don't believe me, check out the stocks I highlighted last month, which moved an average of 18% following their respective releases.

But don't be (small-f) fooled: I don't think you should try to turn a quick profit based on this information. There's no telling what direction these stocks will be heading -- unless you have insider information -- which, of course, is illegal to trade on.

Instead, I think shareholders of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Zillow (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG), and Pandora (NYSE:P) need to check out the slideshow below. It will give you an idea as to why your stocks might move the in direction they do this week. But more importantly, it'll point out the long-term metrics that are actually worth paying attention to.

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