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The following is a list of stocks in a downtrend, i.e. trading below the 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages. In addition, all of these stocks have a large number of open put option positions relative to call option positions.

If you're a contrarian, this excessive pessimism might raise a flag. Full details below.

Moving average and short float data sourced from Finviz, options data sourced from Schaeffer's.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare analyst ratings for the top 5 stocks mentioned below. (Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks)

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

1. AGL Resources Inc. (AGL): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $2.8B. The stock is currently -3.35% below its 20-day MA, -5.45% below its 50-day MA, and -3.43% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 212 contracts vs. put open interest at 350 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.65). Short float at 0.87%, which implies a short ratio of 1.65 days. The stock has gained 2.28% over the last year.

2. Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA): Aerospace/Defense Industry. Market cap of $46.8B. The stock is currently -1.24% below its 20-day MA, -5.51% below its 50-day MA, and -4.14% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 121,172 contracts vs. put open interest at 171,532 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.42). Short float at 1.02%, which implies a short ratio of 1.33 days. The stock has gained 17.61% over the last year.

3. Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $2.11B. The stock is currently -6.08% below its 20-day MA, -10.57% below its 50-day MA, and -17.67% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 14,582 contracts vs. put open interest at 24,523 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.68). Short float at 8.81%, which implies a short ratio of 3.77 days. The stock has lost -2.61% over the last year.

4. Clearwire Corporation (CLWR): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $5.95B. The stock is currently -8.28% below its 20-day MA, -12.13% below its 50-day MA, and -16.43% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 19,215 contracts vs. put open interest at 25,257 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.31). Short float at 14.09%, which implies a short ratio of 7.52 days. The stock has lost -2.43% over the last year.

5. Equity One Inc. (NYSE:EQY): REIT. Market cap of $1.6B. The stock is currently -1.89% below its 20-day MA, -4.89% below its 50-day MA, and -1.19% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 443 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,591 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 8.11). Short float at 14.58%, which implies a short ratio of 11.66 days. The stock has gained 9.71% over the last year.

6. Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.79B. The stock is currently -1.72% below its 20-day MA, -4.02% below its 50-day MA, and -6.47% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 8,555 contracts vs. put open interest at 26,845 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 3.14). Short float at 1.19%, which implies a short ratio of 1.26 days. The stock has lost -11.23% over the last year.

7. Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF): General Building Materials Industry. Market cap of $763.45M. The stock is currently -1.53% below its 20-day MA, -2.44% below its 50-day MA, and -2.46% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 443 contracts vs. put open interest at 602 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.36). Short float at 3.27%, which implies a short ratio of 9.72 days. The stock has gained 2.42% over the last year.

8. The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE): Real Estate Development Industry. Market cap of $1.63B. The stock is currently -2.47% below its 20-day MA, -12.54% below its 50-day MA, and -31.65% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 25,703 contracts vs. put open interest at 56,513 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.2). Short float at 25.08%, which implies a short ratio of 16.15 days. The stock has lost -36.32% over the last year.

9. China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (NYSE:LFC): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $120.78B. The stock is currently -1.49% below its 20-day MA, -3.27% below its 50-day MA, and -2.69% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 33,013 contracts vs. put open interest at 50,518 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.53). Short float at 0.27%, which implies a short ratio of 2.37 days. The stock has lost -14.6% over the last year.

10. National Bank of Greece SA (NYSE:NBG): Banking Industry. Market cap of $5.47B. The stock is currently -1.07% below its 20-day MA, -13.7% below its 50-day MA, and -32.86% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 11,007 contracts vs. put open interest at 15,764 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.43). Short float at 0.23%, which implies a short ratio of 1.3 days. The stock has lost -63.73% over the last year.

11. Pacific Capital Bancorp (NASDAQ:PCBC): Regional Bank. Market cap of $826.17M. The stock is currently -11.22% below its 20-day MA, -47.33% below its 50-day MA, and -76.66% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 16,301 contracts vs. put open interest at 31,478 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.93). Short float at 1.58%, which implies a short ratio of 5.55 days. The stock has lost -68.43% over the last year.

12. PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. (NYSE:PNG): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.33B. The stock is currently -2.35% below its 20-day MA, -2.64% below its 50-day MA, and -2.18% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 552 contracts vs. put open interest at 959 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.74). Short float at 7.28%, which implies a short ratio of 2.36 days.

13. Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:PWRD): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $1.18B. The stock is currently -6.73% below its 20-day MA, -15.27% below its 50-day MA, and -18.08% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 13,406 contracts vs. put open interest at 17,740 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.32). Short float at 3.51%, which implies a short ratio of 2.03 days. The stock has lost -45.57% over the last year.

14. Rogers Communications Inc. (NYSE:RCI): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $19.58B. The stock is currently -2.98% below its 20-day MA, -6.21% below its 50-day MA, and -1.68% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 450 contracts vs. put open interest at 626 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.39). Short float at 3.85%, which implies a short ratio of 50.34 days. The stock has gained 21.26% over the last year.

15. Sterlite Industries Ltd. (SLT): Copper Industry. Market cap of $3.11B. The stock is currently -2.05% below its 20-day MA, -5.14% below its 50-day MA, and -5.% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 1,594 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,001 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.51). Short float at 6.87%, which implies a short ratio of 5.21 days. The stock has lost -16.42% over the last year.

16. SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.81B. The stock is currently -6.3% below its 20-day MA, -16.44% below its 50-day MA, and -30.16% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 40,739 contracts vs. put open interest at 53,230 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.31). Short float at 15.93%, which implies a short ratio of 5.75 days. The stock has lost -34.36% over the last year.

17. TFS Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TFSL): Regional Bank. Market cap of $2.5B. The stock is currently -.86% below its 20-day MA, -5.26% below its 50-day MA, and -27.95% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 896 contracts vs. put open interest at 7,167 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 8.). Short float at 5.96%, which implies a short ratio of 6.2 days. The stock has lost -30.47% over the last year.

18. Vimpel-Communications (NASDAQ:VIP): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $18.63B. The stock is currently -6.36% below its 20-day MA, -5.37% below its 50-day MA, and -8.38% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 6,733 contracts vs. put open interest at 13,740 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.04). Short float at 0.17%, which implies a short ratio of 0.47 days.

19. TAL Education Group American De (NYSE:XRS): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $1.08B. The stock is currently -9.18% below its 20-day MA, -10.2% below its 50-day MA, and -10.2% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 152 contracts vs. put open interest at 325 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.14). Short float at 1.1%, which implies a short ratio of 0.24 days.

20. Xueda Education Group American (NYSE:XUE): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $679.56M. The stock is currently -15.94% below its 20-day MA, -14.97% below its 50-day MA, and -14.97% below its 200-day MA. Call open interest at 66 contracts vs. put open interest at 103 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.56). Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 0.02 days.

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

Source: 20 Downtrend Stocks With Bearish Options Sentiment