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The following is a list of companies that are scheduled to release earnings results over the next week. Judging by the large number of open call option contracts on these stocks, it appears the options market is expecting some upside surprises among this list.

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each stock. The goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis. Full details below.

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, earnings calendar sourced from AOL Money.

The list has been sorted by the Put/Call ratio.

1. Clarient, Inc. (CLRT): Medical Laboratories & Research Industry. Market cap of $440.84M. Earnings set to be released on 11/15. Call open interest at 1,490 contracts vs. put open interest at 100 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.07). Short float at 6.44%, which implies a short ratio of 2.13 days. The stock has gained 109.7% over the last year.

2. Chico's FAS Inc. (CHS): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.83B. Earnings set to be released on 11/17. Call open interest at 58,389 contracts vs. put open interest at 8,391 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.14). Short float at 5.96%, which implies a short ratio of 2.33 days. The stock has lost -19.27% over the last year.

3. PennantPark Investment Corporation (PNNT): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $357.26M. Earnings set to be released on 11/17. Call open interest at 1,678 contracts vs. put open interest at 365 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.22). Short float at 4.83%, which implies a short ratio of 3.97 days. The stock has gained 63.82% over the last year.

4. Abraxas Petroleum Corp. (AXAS): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $318.5M. Earnings set to be released on 11/15. Call open interest at 868 contracts vs. put open interest at 208 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.24). Short float at 5.53%, which implies a short ratio of 8.6 days. The stock has gained 154.27% over the last year.

5. Dole Food Company Inc. (DOLE): Food Industry. Market cap of $851.42M. Earnings set to be released on 11/22. Call open interest at 7,247 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,884 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.26). Short float at 19.14%, which implies a short ratio of 15.89 days. The stock has lost -20.9% over the last year.

6. La-Z-Boy Inc. (LZB): Home Furnishings & Fixtures Industry. Market cap of $427.6M. Earnings set to be released on 11/16. Call open interest at 1,112 contracts vs. put open interest at 361 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 9.68%, which implies a short ratio of 7.22 days. The stock has gained 16.03% over the last year.

7. Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG): Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $824.71M. Earnings set to be released on 11/17. Call open interest at 1,242 contracts vs. put open interest at 425 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 4.49%, which implies a short ratio of 21.99 days. The stock has lost -17.75% over the last year.

8. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC): Technical Services Industry. Market cap of $5.25B. Earnings set to be released on 11/16. Call open interest at 33,763 contracts vs. put open interest at 12,488 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.37). Short float at 2.47%, which implies a short ratio of 2.77 days. The stock has lost -4.66% over the last year.

9. The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. (PLCE): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.29B. Earnings set to be released on 11/18. Call open interest at 21,610 contracts vs. put open interest at 8,812 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.41). Short float at 20.32%, which implies a short ratio of 5.03 days. The stock has gained 34.89% over the last year.

Disclosure: No positions

Source: This Week's Top Nine Earnings With Bullish Options Sentiment