Squeeze ideas: Highly Shorted Stocks With Improving Analyst Sentiment

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of stocks with high short float. Short-sellers seem to think there's more downside to these names, but Wall Street analysts disagree.

All of these stocks have seen improving analyst sentiment over the past three months. That said, analysts remain cautious on most of these names, but the analyst trends suggest that at least some of the bad news is being priced in.

Analyst ratings are presented on a linear scale, where 1 = "Strong Buy" and 5 = "Strong Sell". All of these stocks have seen their ratings move closer to 1 over the past three months, i.e. improving analyst sentiment.

Wall Street analysts seem to think there's a short squeeze possibility with these names. What do you think? Full details below.

Analyst ratings sourced from Reuters, short float data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the percentage change in analyst sentiment.

1. PHH Corporation (PHH): Credit Services Industry. Market cap of $1.12B. Analyst rating changed from 2.5 to 1.5 over the last three months. Short float at 18.13%, which implies a short ratio of 11.78 days. The stock has gained 38.39% over the last year.

2. SIGA Technologies, Inc. (SIGA): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $607.5M. Analyst rating changed from 2.5 to 1.5 over the last three months. Short float at 16.83%, which implies a short ratio of 8.62 days. The stock has gained 81.4% over the last year.

3. AnnTaylor Stores Corp. (ANN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.4B. Analyst rating changed from 2.5 to 2.07 over the last three months. Short float at 15.68%, which implies a short ratio of 4.41 days. The stock has gained 72.35% over the last year.

4. Harbin Electric, Inc. (HRBN): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $593.12M. Analyst rating changed from 1.5 to 1.25 over the last three months. Short float at 21.41%, which implies a short ratio of 7.97 days. The stock has lost -7.59% over the last year.

5. InterOil Corporation (IOC): Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry. Market cap of $3.35B. Analyst rating changed from 2.0 to 1.67 over the last three months. Short float at 19.45%, which implies a short ratio of 11.2 days. The stock has gained 48.18% over the last year.

6. MannKind Corp. (MNKD): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $758.6M. Analyst rating changed from 2.89 to 2.5 over the last three months. Short float at 21.15%, which implies a short ratio of 9.01 days. The stock has lost -15.91% over the last year.

7. Greenhill & Co., Inc. (GHL): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $2.29B. Analyst rating changed from 2.67 to 2.33 over the last three months. Short float at 15.36%, which implies a short ratio of 16.35 days. The stock has lost -3.83% over the last year.

8. Gaylord Entertainment Co. (GET): Lodging Industry. Market cap of $1.57B. Analyst rating changed from 2.09 to 1.83 over the last three months. Short float at 17.29%, which implies a short ratio of 13.34 days. The stock has gained 87.04% over the last year.

9. Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. (LL): Home Improvement Stores Industry. Market cap of $608.45M. Analyst rating changed from 2.89 to 2.55 over the last three months. Short float at 20.28%, which implies a short ratio of 11.82 days. The stock has lost -11.45% over the last year.

10. The St. Joe Company (JOE): Real Estate Development Industry. Market cap of $1.66B. Analyst rating changed from 2.25 to 2 over the last three months. Short float at 23.59%, which implies a short ratio of 16.34 days. The stock has lost -32.34% over the last year.

11. VIVUS Inc. (VVUS): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $534.36M. Analyst rating changed from 3 to 2.67 over the last three months. Short float at 15.93%, which implies a short ratio of 3.72 days. The stock has lost -24.97% over the last year.

12. McMoRan Exploration Co. (MMR): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $1.56B. Analyst rating changed from 2.38 to 2.12 over the last three months. Short float at 19.75%, which implies a short ratio of 5.06 days. The stock has gained 123.27% over the last year.

13. STEC, Inc. (STEC): Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $764.52M. Analyst rating changed from 2.85 to 2.55 over the last three months. Short float at 18.64%, which implies a short ratio of 3.33 days. The stock has gained 13.7% over the last year.

14. Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. (BRLI): Medical Laboratories & Research Industry. Market cap of $576.08M. Analyst rating changed from 1.83 to 1.67 over the last three months. Short float at 15.8%, which implies a short ratio of 21.74 days. The stock has gained 28.25% over the last year.

15. WESCO International Inc. (WCC): Industrial Equipment Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $2.23B. Analyst rating changed from 2 to 1.85 over the last three months. Short float at 17.53%, which implies a short ratio of 12.41 days. The stock has gained 71.26% 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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