20 Retail Stocks with Decreasing Short Trends

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Compiled by Alexander Crawford: Below is a list of twenty retail stocks that have seen significant decreases in shares shorted, month-over-month.

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List sorted by decrease in shares shorted. (Note: Current month as of Feb. 15, 2011)

1. The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX): Department Stores Industry. Market cap of $19.58B. Shares shorted have decreased 23.67% month-over-month (from 9.76M to 7.45M shares shorted). TJX has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.6), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has gained 19.99% over the last year.

2. Luxottica Group SpA (LUX): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $15.02B. Shares shorted have decreased 22.05% month-over-month (from 371.41K to 289.52K shares shorted). The stock has gained 25.08% over the last year.

3. Wet Seal Inc. (WTSLA): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $390.43M. Shares shorted have decreased 19.17% month-over-month (from 3.39M to 2.74M shares shorted). The stock has lost 13.33% over the last year.

4. Big Lots Inc. (BIG): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $3.17B. Shares shorted have decreased 18.82% month-over-month (from 4.41M to 3.58M shares shorted). The stock has gained 16.92% over the last year.

5. RadioShack Corp. (RSH): Electronics Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.55B. Shares shorted have decreased 17.95% month-over-month (from 11.53M to 9.46M shares shorted). The stock has lost 34.86% over the last year.

6. Staples, Inc. (SPLS): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $14.55B. Shares shorted have decreased 17.93% month-over-month (from 15.56M to 12.77M shares shorted). The stock has lost 11.12% over the last year.

7. Shoe Carnival Inc. (SCVL): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $368.54M. Shares shorted have decreased 16.47% month-over-month (from 308.95K to 258.06K shares shorted). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.04% over the last week.

8. Columbia Sportswear Company (COLM): Textile - Apparel Clothing Industry. Market cap of $2.05B. Shares shorted have decreased 16.34% month-over-month (from 1.53M to 1.28M shares shorted). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.33% (equivalent to 9.61 days of average volume). The stock has gained 27.13% over the last year.

9. J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP): Department Stores Industry. Market cap of $8.71B. Shares shorted have decreased 14.80% month-over-month (from 21.56M to 18.37M shares shorted). JCP is exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 5.92% above its SMA20, 13.28% above its SMA50, and 32.73% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.46% over the last week.

10. Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $5.20B. Shares shorted have decreased 13.83% month-over-month (from 13.88M to 11.96M shares shorted). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 12.64% below its SMA20, 10.44% below its SMA50, and 6.81% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 17.35% over the last week.

11. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $187.54B. Shares shorted have decreased 13.33% month-over-month (from 29.93M to 25.94M shares shorted). WMT has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.29), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has lost 0.06% over the last year.

12. PetSmart, Inc. (PETM): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $4.85B. Shares shorted have decreased 12.78% month-over-month (from 5.32M to 4.64M shares shorted). Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.78), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has gained 34.37% over the last year.

13. Charming Shoppes Inc. (CHRS): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $355.65M. Shares shorted have decreased 12.47% month-over-month (from 4.57M to 4.00M shares shorted). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 5.9% below its SMA20, 6.34% below its SMA50, and 16.07% below its SMA200. The stock has lost 53.33% over the last year.

14. The Talbots Inc. (TLB): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $396.04M. Shares shorted have decreased 12.20% month-over-month (from 18.19M to 15.97M shares shorted). TLB has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.66), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.39% over the last week.

15. Nordstrom Inc. (JWN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $9.72B. Shares shorted have decreased 11.69% month-over-month (from 9.41M to 8.31M shares shorted). The stock has gained 16.43% over the last year.

16. Aeropostale, Inc. (ARO): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $2.17B. Shares shorted have decreased 11.37% month-over-month (from 6.77M to 6.00M shares shorted). Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.73, and P/FCF ratio at 13.44. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 10.41% below its SMA20, 8.46% below its SMA50, and 10.26% below its SMA200. The stock has lost 8.95% over the last year.

17. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $3.07B. Shares shorted have decreased 11.25% month-over-month (from 13.78M to 12.23M shares shorted). The stock has lost 11.02% over the last year.

18. Timberland Co. (TBL): Textile - Apparel Footwear & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $1.93B. Shares shorted have decreased 11.16% month-over-month (from 2.15M to 1.91M shares shorted). TBL is exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 10.25% above its SMA20, 30.04% above its SMA50, and 73.06% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 32.57%.

19. Wolverine World Wide Inc. (WWW): Textile - Apparel Footwear & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $1.80B. Shares shorted have decreased 10.99% month-over-month (from 1.82M to 1.62M shares shorted). The stock has gained 27.22% over the last year.

20. PriceSmart Inc. (PSMT): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.03B. Shares shorted have decreased 10.30% month-over-month (from 389.28K to 349.20K shares shorted). After a solid performance over the last year, PSMT has pulled back during recent sessions. The stock is 4.6% below its SMA20 and 7.37% below its SMA50, but remains 12.37% above its SMA200. The stock has gained 50.89% over the last year.

Short data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.



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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