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We're in the middle of earnings season for 2011's fourth quarter - do you have a watch list prepared?

For ideas on how to create your own, we ran a screen for stocks from the tech sector reporting their earnings next week. We screened these stocks for those that have high correlation to the VIX volatility index. This indicates that these stocks have tended to perform well during times of market volatility and uncertainty. If you believe that volatility lies ahead for the market, you may want to pay attention.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬

Do you think these stocks will report strong earnings? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by correlation to VIX index.

1. Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S): Offers wireless and wireline communications products. Earnings to be released on 02/08. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.759 over the last 60 days.

2. Sequans Communications S.A. Ame (NYSE:SQNS): Designs, develops, and supplies 4G semiconductor solutions for wireless broadband applications. Earnings to be released on 02/09. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.75 over the last 60 days.

3. FormFactor Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM): Designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports precision and high performance advanced semiconductor wafer probe cards. Earnings to be released on 02/07. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.707 over the last 60 days.

4. Falconstor Software Inc. (NASDAQ:FALC): Develops, manufactures, and sells network storage software solutions in the United States and internationally. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.577 over the last 60 days.

5. Silicon Graphics International Corp. (NASDAQ:SGI): Focuses on helping customers solve their technology challenges by delivering clustered and high-performance computing and storage solutions, and software and services. Earnings to be released on 02/07. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.552 over the last 60 days.

6. MicroStrategy Inc. (NASDAQ:MSTR): Provides business intelligence software worldwide. Earnings to be released on 02/08. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.547 over the last 60 days.

7. RRSat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ:RRST): Provides content management and distribution services to television and radio broadcasting industries. Earnings to be released on 02/07. Correlation with the VIX index at 0.536 over the last 60 days.

*Price data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 7 Tech Stocks Correlated To Volatility Reporting Earnings Next Week