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Fourth-quarter earnings season is set to kick off with Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE: AA) reporting Jan. 16. A volatile Q4 for stocks will likely lead to another volatile earnings season for traders, but some stocks have a reputation of making even bigger earnings moves than others.

Since the beginning of last earnings season, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) is down 11.1 percent, while the BRCL BK IPTH S&P 500 VIX SH FTRS ETN (NYSE: VXX) has surged 48.9 percent in that time.

Short-term traders are often on the hunt for big earnings movers, while long-term investors may want to avoid them.

Each quarter, Bespoke Investment Group compiles a list of the biggest earnings movers in the U.S. market. The Bespoke screen includes only stocks with share prices above $5 and at least 10 quarters of public reporting in the company's database.

Here’s a look at the five most volatile earnings stocks along with their average moves on the day following an earnings release, according to Bespoke.

Bespoke's Top 5

  • Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS): 16.8 percent.
  • Yelp Inc (NYSE: YELP): 15.3 percent.
  • NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE: NPTN): 14.6 percent.
  • Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN): 14.6 percent.
  • Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc (NYSE: NES)

For traders looking for volatility this earnings season, here are the expected reporting dates of the five stocks above:

  • Container Store: Feb 2, after the close (unconfirmed)
  • Yelp: Feb 6, after the close (unconfirmed)
  • NeoPhotonics: Feb 28, after the close (unconfirmed)
  • Infinera: Feb 6, after the close (unconfirmed)
  • Nuverra: March 3, after the close (unconfirmed)

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