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Here is a list of companies that have rallied over recent weeks, but are seeing big outflows from insiders and institutional investors. Are these rallies based on fundamentals, or are they about to run out of steam?

The screen is based on the following parameters:

  • All stocks in this list are trading above their 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages (i.e. all stocks in an uptrend)
  • All stocks have seen insiders reduced holdings by more than 10% over the last 3 months
  • All stocks have seen institutional investors reduce holdings by more than 10% over the last 3 months


Here is an interactive chart of all the stocks that match this screen. More thorough analysis follows below. We'll focus on valuation ratios, insider flows, institutional flows, short floats and short ratios.



1. Ballantyne Strong, Inc (NYSEMKT:BTN): Photographic Equipment & Supplies Industry. Market Cap of $114.29M. P/E ratio of 44.78, forward P/E ratio of 32.24, and PEG ratio of 2.24. Insiders, who currently own 5.32% of the company, reduced holdings by -20.12% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 38.25%, reduced holdings by -11.29% over the same time period. 1.25% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 0.96 days.

2. Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI): Diversified Investments Industry. Market Cap of $590.93M. Forward P/E ratio of 9.41. Insiders, who currently own 17.86% of the company, reduced holdings by -14.79% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 31.7%, reduced holdings by -21.9% over the same time period. 4.14% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 3.38 days.

3. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL): Telecom Services Industry. Market Cap of $10.35B. P/E ratio of 12.35, forward P/E ratio of 10.57, and PEG ratio of 7.62. Insiders, who currently own 0.36% of the company, reduced holdings by -31.88% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 71.78%, reduced holdings by -10.06% over the same time period. 5.34% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 3.78 days.

4. Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market Cap of $2.1B. P/E ratio of 4.66, forward P/E ratio of 7.26, and PEG ratio of 0.21. Insiders, who currently own 1.89% of the company, reduced holdings by -29.97% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 0%, reduced holdings by -29.26% over the same time period. 7.79% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 10.51 days.

5. Forrester Research Inc. (NASDAQ:FORR): Research Services Industry. Market Cap of $722.4M. P/E ratio of 33.39, forward P/E ratio of 25.24, and PEG ratio of 1.62. Insiders, who currently own 0.03% of the company, reduced holdings by -92.21% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 95%, reduced holdings by -13.49% over the same time period. 2.45% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 8.17 days.

6. Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. (NYSE:MTD): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market Cap of $3.90B. P/E ratio of 22.64, forward P/E ratio of 16.14, and PEG ratio of 1.8. Insiders, who currently own 2.03% of the company, reduced holdings by -11.64% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 93.26%, reduced holdings by -11.76% over the same time period. 3.01% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 4.25 days.

7. RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market Cap of $3.32B. P/E ratio of 3.94, forward P/E ratio of 7.01, and PEG ratio of 0.46. Insiders, who currently own 0.94% of the company, reduced holdings by -22.24% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 93.8%, reduced holdings by -21.88% over the same time period. 4.07% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 3.72 days.

8. Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNA): Computer Peripherals Industry. Market Cap of $984.26M. P/E ratio of 22.53, forward P/E ratio of 12.16, and PEG ratio of 1.3. Insiders, who currently own 2.1% of the company, reduced holdings by -42.23% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 95%, reduced holdings by -13.77% over the same time period. 35.94% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 15.38 days.

9. WGL Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WGL): Gas Utilities Industry. Market Cap of $1.78B. P/E ratio of 15.2, forward P/E ratio of 14.45, and PEG ratio of 4.98. Insiders, who currently own 0.7% of the company, reduced holdings by -29.73% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 54.54%, reduced holdings by -13.17% over the same time period. 6.94% of the company's outstanding shares have been shorted, which implies a short ratio of 10.16 days.

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