Squeeze Ideas: 15 Highly Shorted Stocks With Excellent Growth Prospects

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of highly shorted stocks, with short floats higher than 15%. In addition, all of the names mentioned below have excellent growth prospects, with higher projected EPS growth rates than their industry competitors. All of the companies mentioned below also have the following characteristics:

- EPS and revenue grew faster than their industry competitors over the last five years
- Capital spending accelerated at a faster rate than their competitors (theoretically, this makes them more competitive over the coming years)
- Cashflow growth has accelerated faster than their industry competitors over the last five years

Are any of these names ready for a short squeeze? What do you think? Full details below.

All growth stats sourced from Fidelity, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

The list has been sorted alphabetically.

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1. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (BPI): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $878.34M. EPS have grown by 69.52% over the last five years vs. industry average at 14.99%. EPS projected to grow by 20.% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.8%. Revenue has grown by 39.59% over the last five years vs. industry average at 14.33%. Capital spending has grown by 46.68% over the last five years vs. industry average at 11.1%. The company's cash flow has grown by 63.59% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.26%. Short float at 18.25%, which implies a short ratio of 23.42 days. The stock has gained 12.89% over the last year.

2. Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. (BRLI): Medical Laboratories & Research Industry. Market cap of $653.17M. EPS have grown by 26.52% over the last five years vs. industry average at 17.%. EPS projected to grow by 18.33% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.98%. Revenue has grown by 22.82% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.35%. Capital spending has grown by 41.97% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.78%. The company's cash flow has grown by 27.78% over the last five years vs. industry average at 20.65%. Short float at 21.08%, which implies a short ratio of 23.41 days. The stock has gained 17.59% over the last year.

3. China-Biotics, Inc. (CHBT): Drug Manufacturers Industry. Market cap of $387.18M. EPS have grown by 4.56% over the last five years vs. industry average at -3.08%. EPS projected to grow by 35.5% over the next five years vs. industry average at 4.86%. Revenue has grown by 21.59% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.33%. Capital spending has grown by 56.1% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.7%. The company's cash flow has grown by 9.07% over the last five years vs. industry average at -2.39%. Short float at 30.54%, which implies a short ratio of 9.52 days. The stock has gained 15.3% over the last year.

4. Capella Education Co. (CPLA): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $927.89M. EPS have grown by 15.52% over the last five years vs. industry average at 14.99%. EPS projected to grow by 17.88% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.8%. Revenue has grown by 23.24% over the last five years vs. industry average at 14.33%. Capital spending has grown by 16.86% over the last five years vs. industry average at 11.1%. The company's cash flow has grown by 18.74% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.26%. Short float at 18.31%, which implies a short ratio of 9.25 days. The stock has lost -24.77% over the last year.

5. EnerNOC, Inc. (ENOC): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $614.03M. EPS have grown by 26.19% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.02%. EPS projected to grow by 28.% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.6%. Revenue has grown by 80.96% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.2%. Capital spending has grown by 60.% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.04%. The company's cash flow has grown by 26.39% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.35%. Short float at 17.92%, which implies a short ratio of 12.29 days. The stock has lost -31.58% over the last year.

6. First Solar, Inc. (FSLR): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $12.32B. EPS have grown by 142.39% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.31%. EPS projected to grow by 23.56% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.81%. Revenue has grown by 112.16% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.28%. Capital spending has grown by 45.81% over the last five years vs. industry average at -1.8%. The company's cash flow has grown by 199.49% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.07%. Short float at 29.81%, which implies a short ratio of 10.01 days. The stock has gained 20.23% over the last year.

7. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSYS): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $519.79M. EPS have grown by 13.88% over the last five years vs. industry average at 1.85%. EPS projected to grow by 15.% over the next five years vs. industry average at 13.05%. Revenue has grown by 30.77% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.97%. Capital spending has grown by 57.19% over the last five years vs. industry average at -4.05%. The company's cash flow has grown by 42.88% over the last five years vs. industry average at -10.17%. Short float at 26.83%, which implies a short ratio of 11.67 days. The stock has lost -30.7% over the last year.

8. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $4.59B. EPS have grown by 46.25% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.63%. EPS projected to grow by 30.18% over the next five years vs. industry average at 8.%. Revenue has grown by 53.06% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.15%. Capital spending has grown by 65.73% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.85%. The company's cash flow has grown by 52.55% over the last five years vs. industry average at 8.3%. Short float at 27.09%, which implies a short ratio of 7.45 days. The stock has gained 28.41% over the last year.

9. hhgregg, Inc. (HGG): Electronics Stores Industry. Market cap of $726.4M. EPS have grown by 8.34% over the last five years vs. industry average at 3.61%. EPS projected to grow by 18.93% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.74%. Revenue has grown by 11.25% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.59%. Capital spending has grown by 26.69% over the last five years vs. industry average at -7.8%. The company's cash flow has grown by 11.52% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.06%. Short float at 33.03%, which implies a short ratio of 14.84 days. The stock has lost -10.47% over the last year.

10. LAN Airlines S.A. (LFL): Regional Airlines Industry. Market cap of $10.18B. EPS have grown by 5.84% over the last five years vs. industry average at -4.24%. EPS projected to grow by 18.8% over the next five years vs. industry average at 13.93%. Revenue has grown by 11.8% over the last five years vs. industry average at 11.55%. Capital spending has grown by 33.52% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.07%. The company's cash flow has grown by 15.62% over the last five years vs. industry average at -2.83%. Short float at 38.22%, which implies a short ratio of 21.12 days. The stock has gained 84.76% over the last year.

11. Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. (LL): Home Improvement Stores Industry. Market cap of $707.16M. EPS have grown by 19.38% over the last five years vs. industry average at 3.61%. EPS projected to grow by 19.13% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.74%. Revenue has grown by 17.33% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.59%. Capital spending has grown by 21.45% over the last five years vs. industry average at -7.8%. The company's cash flow has grown by 19.56% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.06%. Short float at 21.02%, which implies a short ratio of 12.59 days. The stock has gained 2.87% over the last year.

12. Lindsay Corporation (LNN): Farm & Construction Machinery Industry. Market cap of $826.01M. EPS have grown by 37.02% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.87%. EPS projected to grow by 21.47% over the next five years vs. industry average at 15.91%. Revenue has grown by 15.12% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.03%. Capital spending has grown by 7.01% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.19%. The company's cash flow has grown by 33.72% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.48%. Short float at 17.83%, which implies a short ratio of 8.69 days. The stock has gained 53.76% over the last year.

13. Medifast Inc. (MED): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $385.35M. EPS have grown by 42.06% over the last five years vs. industry average at -3.08%. EPS projected to grow by 25.% over the next five years vs. industry average at 4.86%. Revenue has grown by 43.37% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.33%. Capital spending has grown by 20.01% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.7%. The company's cash flow has grown by 41.32% over the last five years vs. industry average at -2.39%. Short float at 18.1%, which implies a short ratio of 7.31 days. The stock has gained 21.61% over the last year.

14. Mindray Medical International Limited (MR): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $2.86B. EPS have grown by 37.53% over the last five years vs. industry average at 20.2%. EPS projected to grow by 20.57% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.48%. Revenue has grown by 49.71% over the last five years vs. industry average at 12.42%. Capital spending has grown by 75.42% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.18%. The company's cash flow has grown by 47.43% over the last five years vs. industry average at 15.55%. Short float at 20.11%, which implies a short ratio of 19.78 days. The stock has lost -28.53% over the last year.

15. NetLogic Microsystems Inc. (NETL): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $2.28B. EPS have grown by 11.76% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.31%. EPS projected to grow by 17.91% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.81%. Revenue has grown by 29.57% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.28%. Capital spending has grown by .93% over the last five years vs. industry average at -1.8%. The company's cash flow has grown by 16.36% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.07%. Short float at 24.3%, which implies a short ratio of 9.45 days. The stock has gained 57.44% over the last year.



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