15 Highly Shorted Stocks With Bullish Options Sentiment

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of highly shorted stocks. All the stocks mentioned below have short floats higher than 20%.

In addition, all of these stocks have a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions, i.e. bullish options market sentiment.

The options market seems to be betting on a short squeeze with some of these names--what do you think? Full details below.

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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

1. Hibbett Sports, Inc. (HIBB): Sporting Goods Stores Industry. Market cap of $964.55M. Call open interest at 1,364 contracts vs. put open interest at 183 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.13). Short float at 17.78%, which implies a short ratio of 12.29 days. The stock has gained 55.8% over the last year.

2. Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $398.29M. Call open interest at 51,100 contracts vs. put open interest at 7,799 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.15). Short float at 17.75%, which implies a short ratio of 4.56 days. The stock has gained 113.27% over the last year.

3. Houston American Energy Corp. (HUSA): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $537.99M. Call open interest at 3,007 contracts vs. put open interest at 546 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.18). Short float at 19.6%, which implies a short ratio of 18.69 days. The stock has gained 147.99% over the last year.

4. PHH Corporation (PHH): Credit Services Industry. Market cap of $1.37B. Call open interest at 4,135 contracts vs. put open interest at 941 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 21.35%, which implies a short ratio of 14.57 days. The stock has gained 34.57% over the last year.

5. Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $367.61M. Call open interest at 551 contracts vs. put open interest at 126 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 34.98%, which implies a short ratio of 11.71 days. The stock has gained 26.53% over the last year.

6. The McClatchy Company (MNI): Publishing Industry. Market cap of $424.8M. Call open interest at 8,365 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,987 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.24). Short float at 29.83%, which implies a short ratio of 19.45 days. The stock has lost -3.66% over the last year.

7. KIT digital, Inc. (KITD): Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $381.12M. Call open interest at 526 contracts vs. put open interest at 129 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.25). Short float at 22.98%, which implies a short ratio of 17.8 days. The stock has gained 50.19% over the last year.

8. Entropic Communications, Inc. (ENTR): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.11B. Call open interest at 14,638 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,664 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.25). Short float at 24.25%, which implies a short ratio of 6.44 days. The stock has gained 220.05% over the last year.

9. Scholastic Corporation (SCHL): Publishing Industry. Market cap of $944.32M. Call open interest at 2,081 contracts vs. put open interest at 576 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.28). Short float at 21.77%, which implies a short ratio of 14.01 days. The stock has lost -0.16% over the last year.

10. RPC Inc. (RES): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.53B. Call open interest at 7,792 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,172 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.28). Short float at 17.73%, which implies a short ratio of 6.08 days. The stock has gained 110.85% over the last year.

11. Corinthian Colleges Inc. (COCO): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $398.27M. Call open interest at 88,675 contracts vs. put open interest at 27,641 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 31.67%, which implies a short ratio of 4.48 days. The stock has lost -65.62% over the last year.

12. United Rentals, Inc. (URI): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.55B. Call open interest at 15,022 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,733 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 21.04%, which implies a short ratio of 7.43 days. The stock has gained 184.52% over the last year.

13. TCF Financial Corporation (TCB): Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $2.21B. Call open interest at 34,426 contracts vs. put open interest at 10,905 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 17.73%, which implies a short ratio of 10.19 days. The stock has gained 7.14% over the last year.

14. Sequenom Inc. (SQNM): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $559.5M. Call open interest at 73,421 contracts vs. put open interest at 23,893 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.33). Short float at 21.97%, which implies a short ratio of 8.84 days. The stock has gained 76.63% over the last year.

15. Dole Food Company Inc. (DOLE): Food Industry. Market cap of $1.25B. Call open interest at 5,880 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,982 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 18.7%, which implies a short ratio of 13 days. The stock has gained 13.94% over the last year.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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