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The following is a list of short squeeze candidates that saw unusually high options trading volume during Wednesday's session. In addition, all of these stocks have significant call option open interest relative to put option open interest, which implies that the options market think these squeezes are highly likely.

Options data sources from OptioNetics and Schaeffer's. Short interest data sourced from Finviz.

1. Falconstor Software Inc. (NASDAQ:FALC): Today's options volume at 110 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 27 contracts. Short float at 4.18%, which implies a short ratio of 9.36 days. Call open interest at 565 contracts vs. put open interest at 10 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.02). The stock has lost -37.94% over the last year.

2. Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC): Today's options volume at 600 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 12 contracts. Short float at 7.07%, which implies a short ratio of 8.26 days. Call open interest at 527 contracts vs. put open interest at 14 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.03). The stock has gained 56.59% over the last year.

3. Microvision Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS): Today's options volume at 830 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 136 contracts. Short float at 13.35%, which implies a short ratio of 20.71 days. Call open interest at 4,455 contracts vs. put open interest at 990 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.22). The stock has lost -22.62% over the last year.

4. Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE:SUP): Today's options volume at 151 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 30 contracts. Short float at 7.55%, which implies a short ratio of 11.89 days. Call open interest at 484 contracts vs. put open interest at 108 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.22). The stock has gained 6.89% over the last year.

5. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT): Today's options volume at 561 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 160 contracts. Short float at 21.41%, which implies a short ratio of 9.83 days. Call open interest at 6,215 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,547 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.25). The stock has lost -7.43% over the last year.

6. Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC): Today's options volume at 110 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 21 contracts. Short float at 3.46%, which implies a short ratio of 10.23 days. Call open interest at 500 contracts vs. put open interest at 144 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.29). The stock has gained 12.31% over the last year.

7. Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc. (OTCPK:ABAT): Today's options volume at 252 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 95 contracts. Short float at 9.47%, which implies a short ratio of 11.12 days. Call open interest at 2,845 contracts vs. put open interest at 907 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.32). The stock has lost -13.15% over the last year.

8. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUXL): Today's options volume at 1713 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 442 contracts. Short float at 25.25%, which implies a short ratio of 14.56 days. Call open interest at 10,598 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,394 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.32). The stock has lost -10.18% over the last year.

9. Hancock Holding Co. (NASDAQ:HBHC): Today's options volume at 101 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 41 contracts. Short float at 7.32%, which implies a short ratio of 11.47 days. Call open interest at 839 contracts vs. put open interest at 269 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.32). The stock has lost -27.16% over the last year.

10. Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUSQ): Today's options volume at 340 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 20 contracts. Short float at 8.27%, which implies a short ratio of 9.32 days. Call open interest at 244 contracts vs. put open interest at 85 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.35). The stock has gained 36.14% over the last year.

11. Martek Biosciences Corp. (MATK): Today's options volume at 694 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 156 contracts. Short float at 19.34%, which implies a short ratio of 14.94 days. Call open interest at 2,703 contracts vs. put open interest at 942 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.35). The stock has lost -11.12% over the last year.

12. First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:FR): Today's options volume at 1020 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 309 contracts. Short float at 16.41%, which implies a short ratio of 9.2 days. Call open interest at 2,037 contracts vs. put open interest at 959 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.47). The stock has gained 4.94% over the last year.

13. Sonic Solutions (SNIC): Today's options volume at 1385 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 258 contracts. Short float at 45.96%, which implies a short ratio of 19.23 days. Call open interest at 2,744 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,863 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.68). The stock has gained 51.41% over the last year.

14. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE:NWL): Today's options volume at 1325 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 463 contracts. Short float at 16.7%, which implies a short ratio of 10.55 days. Call open interest at 4,694 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,379 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.72). The stock has gained 9.32% over the last year.

15. Concur Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNQR): Today's options volume at 1109 contracts vs. avg. daily volume of 284 contracts. Short float at 13.73%, which implies a short ratio of 11.55 days. Call open interest at 1,727 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,348 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.78). The stock has gained 32.27% over the last year.

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Source: 15 Short Squeeze Candidates Seeing Unusually High Options Volume