25 BRIC Stocks Being Targeted By Short Selllers

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of BRIC stocks that have seen a sharp increase in short interest over the last three months.

To create the list, we started with a universe of about 120 stocks from Brazil, Russia, India and China (i.e. the BRIC nations). We then narrowed down the universe by only focusing on stocks that have seen a sharp increase in shares shorted between 9/30 - 12/31.

Short sellers seem to think these BRIC stocks are vulnerable, what do you think? Full analysis below.

Short trends data sourced from AOL Money, current short float data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by change in short interest.

1. Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV): Brazil. Beverages Industry. Market cap of $91.04B. Shorted shares increased from 3.17M to 8.52M (+169% increase). Short float at 0.64%, which implies a short ratio of 1.91 days. The stock has gained 46.04% over the last year.

2. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (JASO): China. Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.33B. Shorted shares increased from 12.25M to 26.71M (+118% increase). Short float at 18.29%, which implies a short ratio of 2.77 days. The stock has gained 21.79% over the last year.

3. Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL): China. Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.91B. Shorted shares increased from 3.41M to 7.12M (+109% increase). Short float at 10.17%, which implies a short ratio of 2 days. The stock has lost -7.4% over the last year.

4. Lihua International, Inc. (LIWA): China. Copper Industry. Market cap of $318.72M. Shorted shares increased from 1.02M to 2.11M (+107% increase). Short float at 9.97%, which implies a short ratio of 5.12 days. The stock has gained 5.6% over the last year.

5. Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (YGE): China. Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.61B. Shorted shares increased from 5.93M to 12.09M (+104% increase). Short float at 51.18%, which implies a short ratio of 3.65 days. The stock has lost -37.1% over the last year.

6. China Valves Technology, Inc. (CVVT): China. Industrial Equipment & Components Industry. Market cap of $302.06M. Shorted shares increased from 1.56M to 3.13M (+101% increase). Short float at 14.73%, which implies a short ratio of 6.31 days. The stock has lost -10.56% over the last year.

7. Cninsure Inc. (CISG):
China. Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $847.62M. Shorted shares increased from 3.05M to 6.03M (+98% increase). Short float at 12.62%, which implies a short ratio of 5.15 days. The stock has lost -8.7% over the last year.

8. ReneSola Ltd. (SOL): China. Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $966.64M. Shorted shares increased from 2.04M to 3.8M (+86% increase). Short float at 6.49%, which implies a short ratio of 0.84 days. The stock has gained 120.4% over the last year.

9. China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. (CSR): China. Security & Protection Services Industry. Market cap of $440.2M. Shorted shares increased from 4.88M to 8.12M (+66% increase). Short float at 11.36%, which implies a short ratio of 6.91 days. The stock has lost -43.07% over the last year.

10. Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. (MPEL):
Hong Kong. Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $3.95B. Shorted shares increased from 3.71M to 6.11M (+65% increase). Short float at 2.07%, which implies a short ratio of 1.25 days. The stock has gained 101.9% over the last year.

11. Longtop Financial Technologies Limited (LFT): Hong Kong. Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.95B. Shorted shares increased from 3.25M to 5.02M (+54% increase). Short float at 8.29%, which implies a short ratio of 7.25 days. The stock has lost -9.87% over the last year.

12. Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC (WBD):
Russia. Dairy Products Industry. Market cap of $5.53B. Shorted shares increased from 1.43M to 2.08M (+45% increase). Short float at 2.58%, which implies a short ratio of 2.65 days. The stock has gained 42.67% over the last year.

13. Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (SOLF): China. Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $548.26M. Shorted shares increased from 3.19M to 4.6M (+44% increase). Short float at 10.84%, which implies a short ratio of 2.14 days. The stock has lost -1.87% over the last year.

14. Duoyuan Global Water Inc. (DGW): China. Pollution & Treatment Controls Industry. Market cap of $311.81M. Shorted shares increased from 2.28M to 3.14M (+38% increase). Short float at 26.32%, which implies a short ratio of 11.14 days. The stock has lost -64.63% over the last year.

15. Mechel OAO (MTL): Russia. Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $14.19B. Shorted shares increased from 2.57M to 3.53M (+37% increase). Short float at 1.26%, which implies a short ratio of 0.99 days. The stock has gained 48.84% over the last year.

16. Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP): China. Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $5.93B. Shorted shares increased from 6.28M to 8.41M (+34% increase). Short float at 5.63%, which implies a short ratio of 2.86 days. The stock has gained 22.99% over the last year.

17. Gulf Resources, Inc. (GFRE): China. Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $356.79M. Shorted shares increased from 2.41M to 3.22M (+34% increase). Short float at 16.66%, which implies a short ratio of 9.64 days. The stock has lost -23.08% over the last year.

18. LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (LDK):
China. Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.67B. Shorted shares increased from 11.43M to 14.74M (+29% increase). Short float at 12.02%, which implies a short ratio of 2.5 days. The stock has gained 66.97% over the last year.

19. Yongye International, Inc. (YONG): China. Agricultural Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $409.77M. Shorted shares increased from 4.01M to 5.17M (+29% increase). Short float at 13.33%, which implies a short ratio of 7.08 days. The stock has lost -2.35% over the last year.

20. Gerdau S.A. (GGB): Brazil. Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $21.23B. Shorted shares increased from 13.55M to 17.29M (+28% increase). Short float at 1.49%, which implies a short ratio of 1.87 days. The stock has gained 1.42% over the last year.

21. Guangshen Railway Co. Ltd. (GSH): China. Railroads Industry. Market cap of $2.95B. Shorted shares increased from 1.07M to 1.36M (+27% increase). Short float at 1.62%, which implies a short ratio of 21.58 days. The stock has gained 3.17% over the last year.

22. Harbin Electric, Inc. (HRBN):
China. Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $613.13M. Shorted shares increased from 4.32M to 5.37M (+24% increase). Short float at 25.58%, which implies a short ratio of 7.46 days. The stock has lost -12.25% over the last year.

23. China MediaExpress Holdings, Inc. (CCME): Hong Kong. Advertising Agencies Industry. Market cap of $350.55M. Shorted shares increased from 4.44M to 5.46M (+23% increase). Short float at 26.79%, which implies a short ratio of 3.79 days. The stock has gained 79.3% over the last year.

24. Gafisa S.A. (GFA): Brazil. Residential Construction Industry. Market cap of $2.37B. Shorted shares increased from 6.34M to 7.62M (+20% increase). Short float at 5.18%, which implies a short ratio of 3.74 days. The stock has lost -6.08% over the last year.

25. Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR): Brazil. Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $247.04B. Shorted shares increased from 16.67M to 18.69M (+12% increase). Short float at 0.54%, which implies a short ratio of 1.04 days. The stock has lost -16.66% over the last year.



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