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The following is a list of stocks with short floats in excess of 15%. All of these stocks have seen significant institutional buying over the last three months.

Institutional investors seem to think this pessimism is unjustified. What do you think? Full analysis below.

Short float data sourced from Finviz, institutional data sourced from Finviz.

The list has been sorted by change in institutional ownership.

1. Duoyuan Global Water Inc. (DGW): Pollution & Treatment Controls Industry. Market cap of $337M. Short Float at 20.92%, which implies a short ratio of 5.5 days. Institutional investors currently own 11,556,244 shares vs. 9,554,757 shares held 3 months ago (+20.95% change). The stock has lost -62.17% over the last year.

2. Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $647M. Short Float at 17.37%, which implies a short ratio of 4.74 days. Institutional investors currently own 38,047,656 shares vs. 32,528,669 shares held 3 months ago (+16.97% change). The stock has gained 51.38% over the last year.

3. Rubicon Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $430M. Short ratio of 11.3 days. Institutional investors currently own 30,332,708 shares vs. 27,567,609 shares held 3 months ago (+10.03% change). The stock has gained 21.77% over the last year.

4. Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (GNK): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $592M. Short Float at 16.12%, which implies a short ratio of 3.26 days. Institutional investors currently own 24,373,483 shares vs. 22,254,181 shares held 3 months ago (+9.52% change). The stock has lost -21.45% over the last year.

5. Western Refining Inc. (NYSE:WNR): Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry. Market cap of $579M. Short Float at 25.58%, which implies a short ratio of 9.11 days. Institutional investors currently own 38,244,116 shares vs. 34,935,850 shares held 3 months ago (+9.47% change). The stock has gained 5% over the last year.

6. A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. (OTC:APWR): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $369M. Short Float at 15.72%, which implies a short ratio of 6.37 days. Institutional investors currently own 6,084,230 shares vs. 5,685,663 shares held 3 months ago (+7.01% change). The stock has lost -25.41% over the last year.

7. Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ:VECO): Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $1.68B. Short Float at 31.96%, which implies a short ratio of 4.98 days. Institutional investors currently own 47,329,041 shares vs. 44,793,325 shares held 3 months ago (+5.66% change). The stock has gained 69.13% over the last year.

8. Silicon Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLAB): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.67B. Short Float at 18.51%, which implies a short ratio of 8.74 days. Institutional investors currently own 46,564,076 shares vs. 44,520,642 shares held 3 months ago (+4.59% change). The stock has lost -19.29% over the last year.

9. STEC, Inc. (NASDAQ:STEC): Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $726M. Short Float at 18.74%, which implies a short ratio of 3.69 days. Institutional investors currently own 24,749,446 shares vs. 23,667,612 shares held 3 months ago (+4.57% change). The stock has lost -41.27% over the last year.

10. Casey's General Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.6B. Short Float at 18.7%, which implies a short ratio of 5.67 days. Institutional investors currently own 50,607,469 shares vs. 48,515,779 shares held 3 months ago (+4.31% change). The stock has gained 32.17% over the last year.

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Source: 10 Highly Shorted Stocks Seeing Institutional Buying