15 Stocks Under $5 Seeing Institutional Buying

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Compiled by Alexander Crawford: The following is a list of low-priced stocks attracting institutional buying. This list might offer an interesting starting point to investors looking for a diamond in the rough.

Institutional data sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by change in institutional ownership over the last three months.

1. Standard Pacific Corp. (SPF): Residential Construction Industry. Market cap of $473.74M. Stock price at $4.54. Institutional investors currently own 160,164,847 shares vs. 68,211,913 shares held three months ago (+134.8% change). Short float at 15.46%, which implies a short ratio of 8.39 days. The stock has gained 13.33% over the last year.

2. Brigus Gold Corp (BRD): Gold Industry. Market cap of $361.24M. Stock price at $1.96. Institutional investors currently own 65,170,557 shares vs. 39,674,323 shares held three months ago (+64.26% change). Short float at 0.27%, which implies a short ratio of 0.74 days. The stock has gained 7.45% over the last year.

3. Flagstar Bancorp Inc. (FBC): Savings & Loans Industry. Market cap of $457.78M. Stock price at $1.75. Institutional investors currently own 201,401,971 shares vs. 129,090,699 shares held three months ago (+56.02% change). Short float at 2.86%, which implies a short ratio of 1.83 days. The stock has gained 0% over the last year.

4. Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $498.03M. Stock price at $4.15. Institutional investors currently own 67,568,864 shares vs. 47,095,726 shares held three months ago (+43.47% change). Short float at 14.76%, which implies a short ratio of 2.8 days. The stock has gained 115.79% over the last year.

5. Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PLG): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $430.03M. Stock price at $2.54. Institutional investors currently own 65,910,353 shares vs. 46,401,852 shares held three months ago (+42.04% change). Short float at 0.34%, which implies a short ratio of 0.9 days. The stock has gained 19.72% over the last year.

6. Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc. (HMPR): Regional Bank. Market cap of $451.89M. Stock price at $0.69. Institutional investors currently own 516,263,468 shares vs. 457,624,559 shares held three months ago (+12.81% change). Short float at 0.26%, which implies a short ratio of 5.7 days. The stock has lost -61.63% over the last year.

7. Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $310.77M. Stock price at $3.24. Institutional investors currently own 36,801,274 shares vs. 34,127,952 shares held three months ago (+7.83% change). Short float at 1.46%, which implies a short ratio of 0.29 days. The stock has gained 304.82% over the last year.

8. Ener1, Inc. (HEV): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $598.63M. Stock price at $3.65. Institutional investors currently own 101,896,753 shares vs. 95,120,686 shares held three months ago (+7.12% change). Short float at 5.12%, which implies a short ratio of 12.6 days. The stock has lost -45.16% over the last year.

9. Northgate Minerals Corp. (NXG): Gold Industry. Market cap of $896.53M. Stock price at $3.04. Institutional investors currently own 171,708,293 shares vs. 162,314,814 shares held three months ago (+5.79% change). Short float at 3.57%, which implies a short ratio of 3.07 days. The stock has lost -4.35% over the last year.

10. Charming Shoppes Inc. (CHRS): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $414.54M. Stock price at $3.59. Institutional investors currently own 116,201,123 shares vs. 110,186,905 shares held three months ago (+5.46% change). Short float at 4.04%, which implies a short ratio of 3.2 days. The stock has lost -43.02% over the last year.

11. Dynavax Technologies Corporation (DVAX): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $345.58M. Stock price at $3.07. Institutional investors currently own 56,917,496 shares vs. 54,470,597 shares held three months ago (+4.49% change). Short float at 1.78%, which implies a short ratio of 2.08 days. The stock has gained 107.64% over the last year.

12. Affymetrix Inc. (AFFX): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $329.18M. Stock price at $4.59. Institutional investors currently own 64,664,876 shares vs. 61,919,150 shares held three months ago (+4.43% change). Short float at 13.61%, which implies a short ratio of 10.6 days. The stock has lost -21.68% over the last year.

13. Augusta Resource Corp. (AZC): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $483.49M. Stock price at $3.64. Institutional investors currently own 29,724,022 shares vs. 28,744,022 shares held three months ago (+3.41% change). Short float at 1.43%, which implies a short ratio of 2.75 days. The stock has gained 38.85% over the last year.

14. Denison Mines Corp. (DNN): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $1.09B. Stock price at $3.22. Institutional investors currently own 25,676,846 shares vs. 25,056,746 shares held three months ago (+2.47% change). Short float at 1.51%, which implies a short ratio of 1.51 days. The stock has gained 114.67% over the last year.

15. NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NRF): REIT. Market cap of $369.6M. Stock price at $4.87. Institutional investors currently own 23,332,435 shares vs. 23,195,551 shares held three months ago (+.59% change). Short float at 6%, which implies a short ratio of 7.55 days. The stock has gained 0% over the last year.



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