15 Small Cap Stocks With Bearish Options Sentiment

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 |  Includes: ACLI, AIT, CFFN, CSGS, CVBF, DOLNQ, FSYS, IWM, MAKO, MLHR, MTN, NWN, PCBC, PES, SVVS, WEX
by: Kapitall

The following is a list of small cap stocks that have a large number of open put option contracts relative to call option contracts, i.e. bearish options market sentiment.

Options traders are expecting these stocks to reverse over the coming weeks. What do you think?

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

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

1. CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CVBF): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $921.5M. Call open interest at 3,391 contracts vs. put open interest at 47,282 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 13.94). Short float at 24.03%, which implies a short ratio of 25.47 days. The stock has gained 14.02% over the last year.

2. MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $459.33M. Call open interest at 225 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,790 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 12.4). Short float at 20.94%, which implies a short ratio of 25.87 days. The stock has gained 35.17% over the last year.

3. Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR): Business Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.36B. Call open interest at 140 contracts vs. put open interest at 706 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 5.04). Short float at 6.9%, which implies a short ratio of 14.07 days. The stock has gained 43.11% over the last year.

4. Capitol Federal Financial (NASDAQ:CFFN): Savings & Loans Industry. Market cap of $1.78B. Call open interest at 634 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,939 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 4.64). Short float at 13.63%, which implies a short ratio of 13.04 days. The stock has lost -11.25% over the last year.

5. CSG Systems International Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $654.19M. Call open interest at 114 contracts vs. put open interest at 368 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 3.23). Short float at 6.18%, which implies a short ratio of 8.94 days. The stock has gained 4.35% over the last year.

6. Northwest Natural Gas Company (NYSE:NWN): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.19B. Call open interest at 177 contracts vs. put open interest at 473 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.67). Short float at 7.52%, which implies a short ratio of 15.33 days. The stock has gained 4.29% over the last year.

7. Pioneer Drilling Co. (PDC): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $412.78M. Call open interest at 11,169 contracts vs. put open interest at 27,557 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.47). Short float at 4.87%, which implies a short ratio of 4.76 days. The stock has gained 16.51% over the last year.

8. Wright Express Corp. (WXS): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.69B. Call open interest at 275 contracts vs. put open interest at 629 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.29). Short float at 6.07%, which implies a short ratio of 11.58 days. The stock has gained 39.61% over the last year.

9. Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE:MTN): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $1.82B. Call open interest at 1,798 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,056 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.26). Short float at 14.94%, which implies a short ratio of 14.85 days. The stock has gained 22.67% over the last year.

10. Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT): Industrial Equipment Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $1.31B. Call open interest at 145 contracts vs. put open interest at 317 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.19). Short float at 4.15%, which implies a short ratio of 4.69 days. The stock has gained 48.22% over the last year.

11. SAVVIS Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS): Information Technology Services Industry. Market cap of $1.51B. Call open interest at 2,338 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,625 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.98). Short float at 7.28%, which implies a short ratio of 7.2 days. The stock has gained 95.72% over the last year.

12. American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACLI): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $423.08M. Call open interest at 2,334 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,575 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.96). Short float at 4.75%, which implies a short ratio of 5.51 days. The stock has gained 68.97% over the last year.

13. Pacific Capital Bancorp (NASDAQ:PCBC): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $859.33M. Call open interest at 16,296 contracts vs. put open interest at 31,477 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.93). Short float at 0.4%, which implies a short ratio of 1.59 days. The stock has lost -70.15% over the last year.

14. The Dolan Company (NYSE:DM): Publishing Industry. Market cap of $442.4M. Call open interest at 471 contracts vs. put open interest at 888 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.89). Short float at 5.27%, which implies a short ratio of 5.85 days. The stock has gained 32.06% over the last year.

15. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSYS): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $598.11M. Call open interest at 7,970 contracts vs. put open interest at 13,924 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.75). Short float at 37.37%, which implies a short ratio of 19.41 days. The stock has lost -31.47% over the last year.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.