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The following is a list of companies that are scheduled to report earnings over the next 5 days with bullish option market sentiment, i.e. a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions.

We started with a universe of stocks releasing earnings this week and then narrowed down the list by only focusing on stocks with very low Put/Call ratios.

Options traders are expecting these names to surprise on the upside -- what do you think? Full details below.

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, short float sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the Put/Call ratio.

1. IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $538.14M. Earnings date on 12/09. Call open interest at 2,324 contracts vs. put open interest at 285 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.12). Short float at 7.52%, which implies a short ratio of 4.52 days. The stock has gained 508.18% over the last year.

2. Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY): Auto Parts Stores Industry. Market cap of $662.95M. Earnings date on 12/06. Call open interest at 1,389 contracts vs. put open interest at 219 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.16). Short float at 5.06%, which implies a short ratio of 6.72 days. The stock has gained 49.47% over the last year.

3. Hi Tech Pharmacal Co. Inc. (NASDAQ:HITK): Drugs Industry. Market cap of $306.57M. Earnings date on 12/09. Call open interest at 2,141 contracts vs. put open interest at 536 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.25). Short float at 12.62%, which implies a short ratio of 12.7 days. The stock has gained 22.77% over the last year.

4. Titan Machinery, Inc. (NASDAQ:TITN): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $385.38M. Earnings date on 12/09. Call open interest at 1,972 contracts vs. put open interest at 628 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 14.88%, which implies a short ratio of 8.91 days. The stock has gained 82.19% over the last year.

5. Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $1.29B. Earnings date on 12/10. Call open interest at 328 contracts vs. put open interest at 111 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 1.83%, which implies a short ratio of 4.44 days. The stock has gained 37.42% over the last year.

6. Photronics Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $366.51M. Earnings date on 12/06. Call open interest at 1,263 contracts vs. put open interest at 458 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 8.99%, which implies a short ratio of 9.27 days. The stock has gained 55% over the last year.

7. Martek Biosciences Corp. (MATK): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $773.39M. Earnings date on 12/08. Call open interest at 2,549 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,053 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.41). Short float at 22.01%, which implies a short ratio of 31.81 days. The stock has gained 32.83% over the last year.

8. Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF): Packaging & Containers Industry. Market cap of $2.92B. Earnings date on 12/08. Call open interest at 726 contracts vs. put open interest at 315 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.43). Short float at 2.01%, which implies a short ratio of 4.87 days. The stock has gained 11.42% over the last year.

9. Casey's General Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.54B. Earnings date on 12/07. Call open interest at 5,587 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,466 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.44). Short float at 6.67%, which implies a short ratio of 3.71 days. The stock has gained 37.59% over the last year.

10. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV): Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $509.87M. Earnings date on 12/07. Call open interest at 1,748 contracts vs. put open interest at 825 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.47). Short float at 9.09%, which implies a short ratio of 9.93 days. The stock has lost -21.26% over the last year.

11. Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMN): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $363.89M. Earnings date on 12/06. Call open interest at 430 contracts vs. put open interest at 215 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.5). Short float at 3.79%, which implies a short ratio of 8.75 days. The stock has gained 19.5% over the last year.

12. The Talbots Inc. (NYSE:TLB): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $821.92M. Earnings date on 12/07. Call open interest at 47,230 contracts vs. put open interest at 24,806 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.53). Short float at 27.54%, which implies a short ratio of 6.17 days. The stock has gained 76.44% over the last year.

13. Smithfield Foods Inc. (NYSE:SFD): Meat Products Industry. Market cap of $3.B. Earnings date on 12/09. Call open interest at 76,939 contracts vs. put open interest at 43,359 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.56). Short float at 6.33%, which implies a short ratio of 4.76 days. The stock has gained 14.56% over the last year.

14. United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI): Food Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $1.61B. Earnings date on 12/08. Call open interest at 1,374 contracts vs. put open interest at 785 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.57). Short float at 7.42%, which implies a short ratio of 8.27 days. The stock has gained 43.69% over the last year.

15. Pall Corp. (NYSE:PLL): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $5.5B. Earnings date on 12/9. Call open interest at 2,657 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,556 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.59). Short float at 1.04%, which implies a short ratio of 1.46 days. The stock has gained 53.6% over the last year.

Source: 15 Earnings Releases With Bullish Option Sentiment