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2012's first earnings season is still under way, with many large companies set to report their last quarter's results in the coming week. Do you have a watch list prepared?

For ideas on how to make one, we ran a screen on the week's reporting companies for those with low risk. We screened for stocks with average intra-day trading ranges under 2% for the last month, indicating these stocks have traded within a 2% range every day over the last month.

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 earnings surprises? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted alphabetically.

1. Chesapeake Lodging Trust Common Shares of Beneficial Interest (NYSE:CHSP): Earnings to be released on 02/08. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.96%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 103,750 shares, which represents about 0.36% of the company's 28.71M share float.

2. Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:PTP): Provides property and marine, casualty, and finite risk reinsurance products worldwide. Earnings to be released on 02/07. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.83%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 17,300 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 36.22M share float.

3. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG): Provides nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. Earnings to be released on 02/09. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.79%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 7,694,475 shares, which represents about 2.53% of the company's 304.14M share float.

4. Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. (NYSE:MNR): A real estate investment trust. It owns, manages, and leases properties to investment-grade tenants on long-term leases. Earnings to be released on 02/08. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.72%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 19,302 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 37.14M share float.

5. Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC): A mezzanine finance and private equity firm that specializes in late venture, middle market, mature, mezzanine, buyouts, recapitalizations, growth capital, development, and bridge transactions. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.67%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 306,563 shares, which represents about 0.29% of the company's 106.64M share float.

6. The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. (NYSE:THG): Underwrites commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance coverage in the United States. Earnings to be released on 02/08. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.67%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 27,065 shares, which represents about 0.06% of the company's 44.33M share float.

7. CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA): Provides property and casualty insurance products to small, middle-market, and large businesses and organizations primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Hawaii. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.64%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 40,000 shares, which represents about 0.15% of the company's 26.24M share float.

8. Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE:TWO): Operates as a real estate investment trust that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities and related investments. Earnings to be released on 02/07. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.56%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 121,000 shares, which represents about 0.09% of the company's 139.86M share float.

9. Capital Southwest Corporation (NASDAQ:CSWC): A public investment firm specializing in venture capital and private equity investments in small and medium sized businesses. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.55%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 6,450 shares, which represents about 0.2% of the company's 3.26M share float.

10. PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. (NYSE:PNG): Engages in the acquisition, development, operation, and commercial management of natural gas storage facilities. Earnings to be released on 02/08. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.54%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 10,000 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 21.47M share float.

11. NASB Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:NASB): Operates as the bank holding company for North American Savings Bank, F. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.46%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,431 shares, which represents about 0.04% of the company's 3.62M share float.

12. Snyder's-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ:LNCE): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of various snack food products. Earnings to be released on 02/10. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.45%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 121,815 shares, which represents about 0.24% of the company's 51.05M share float.

13. Oneida Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ONFC): Operates as the bank holding company for The Oneida Savings Bank that provides community banking services primarily in Madison and Oneida Counties in New York, and surrounding counties. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.13%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 39,054 shares, which represents about 0.71% of the company's 5.49M share float.

14. Dynex Capital Inc. (NYSE:DX): Operates as a mortgage real estate investment trust. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.04%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 117,385 shares, which represents about 0.31% of the company's 38.34M share float.

15. Evans Bancorp Inc. (NYSEMKT:EVBN): Operates as the holding company for Evans Bank, N. Earnings to be released on 02/09. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 0.74%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 7,989 shares, which represents about 0.24% of the company's 3.27M share float.

16. Kentucky First Federal Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:KFFB): Operates as the bank holding company for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard, and First Federal Savings Bank of Frankfort that provide various banking and financial products and services in Kentucky and Perry counties. Earnings to be released on 02/06. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 0.43%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 4,500 shares, which represents about 0.17% of the company's 2.71M share float.

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

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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