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The following is a list of stocks approaching 52-week lows. All of these stocks have seen significant institutional selling over the last three months.

The smart money's selling may have contributed to the recent downside, but do any of these stocks look attractive at current levels? What do you think? Full details below.

Institutional data sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare market cap and analyst ratings for all stocks mentioned below. (Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks)

The list has been sorted by change in institutional ownership over the last three months.

1. Qiagen NV (NASDAQ:QGEN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $4.27B. Institutional investors currently own 161,529,980 shares vs. 181,228,810 shares held 3 months ago (-10.87% change). Short float at 3.82%, which implies a short ratio of 5.19 days. The stock has lost -17.87% over the last year.

2. Thoratec Corp. (NASDAQ:THOR): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $1.45B. Institutional investors currently own 63,589,656 shares vs. 71,101,574 shares held 3 months ago (-10.57% change). Short float at 11.82%, which implies a short ratio of 5.43 days. The stock has lost -15.88% over the last year.

3. Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE:IRM): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $4.56B. Institutional investors currently own 174,389,942 shares vs. 189,247,837 shares held 3 months ago (-7.85% change). Short float at 6.19%, which implies a short ratio of 3.53 days. The stock has lost -8.21% over the last year.

4. Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (NYSE:NAT): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $1.27B. Institutional investors currently own 12,266,629 shares vs. 13,147,854 shares held 3 months ago (-6.70% change). Short float at 8.72%, which implies a short ratio of 7.92 days. The stock has lost -5.15% over the last year.

5. Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC): REIT. Market cap of $2.08B. Institutional investors currently own 61,615,878 shares vs. 66,021,539 shares held 3 months ago (-6.67% change). Short float at 7.45%, which implies a short ratio of 5.4 days. The stock has gained 4.63% over the last year.

6. PMC-Sierra Inc. (NASDAQ:PMCS): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.74B. Institutional investors currently own 220,604,634 shares vs. 235,478,990 shares held 3 months ago (-6.32% change). Short float at 1.7%, which implies a short ratio of 1.17 days. The stock has lost -13.56% over the last year.

7. Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM): Meat Products Industry. Market cap of $939.84M. Institutional investors currently own 18,835,308 shares vs. 19,996,123 shares held 3 months ago (-5.81% change). Short float at 5.36%, which implies a short ratio of 3.22 days. The stock has gained 4.03% over the last year.

8. Grupo Simec S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSEMKT:SIM): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $1.17B. Institutional investors currently own 929,097 shares vs. 982,554 shares held 3 months ago (-5.44% change). Short float at 0.41%, which implies a short ratio of 2.77 days. The stock has lost -6.1% over the last year.

9. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (NYSE:AB): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $2.51B. Institutional investors currently own 37,412,665 shares vs. 39,467,771 shares held 3 months ago (-5.21% change). Short float at 0.96%, which implies a short ratio of 2.51 days. The stock has lost -4.4% over the last year.

Disclosure: No positions

Source: 9 Stocks Approaching Lows on Institutional Selling