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The following is a list of financial stocks that have seen a sharp increase in short interest over the last three months.

To create the list, we started with a universe of about 120 financials stocks. We then narrowed down the universe by only focusing on stocks that have seen a sharp increase in shares shorted between 8/31 - 11/30.

Short sellers seem to think these financials are vulnerable, what do you think? Full analysis below.

Short trends data sourced from AOL Money, current short float data sourced from Finviz.

1. TFS Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TFSL): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $2.6B. Shorted shares have increased from 2.32M to 4.77M. Short float at 5.96%, which implies a short ratio of 5.98 days. The stock has lost -28.58% over the last year.

2. Fulton Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FULT): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $1.94B. Shorted shares have increased from 4.63M to 8.28M. Short float at 4.25%, which implies a short ratio of 6.98 days. The stock has gained 12.57% over the last year.

3. Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $645.5M. Shorted shares have increased from 222K to 384K. Short float at 2.94%, which implies a short ratio of 0.86 days. The stock has gained 355.13% over the last year.

4. eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $322.57M. Shorted shares have increased from 1.85M to 3.12M. Short float at 14.22%, which implies a short ratio of 15.37 days. The stock has lost -1.89% over the last year.

5. Cypress Sharpridge Investments, Inc. (NYSE:CYS): REIT - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $572.09M. Shorted shares have increased from 1.37M to 2.11M. Short float at 4.82%, which implies a short ratio of 1.5 days. The stock has gained 12.96% over the last year.

6. Equity One Inc. (NYSE:EQY): REIT - Retail Industry. Market cap of $1.62B. Shorted shares have increased from 4.07M to 6.12M. Short float at 14.58%, which implies a short ratio of 10.79 days. The stock has gained 12.92% over the last year.

7. Duke Realty Corp. (NYSE:DRE): REIT - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $2.95B. Shorted shares have increased from 6.44M to 9.48M. Short float at 3.77%, which implies a short ratio of 3.46 days. The stock has gained 6.75% over the last year.

8. Affiliated Managers Group Inc. (NYSE:AMG): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $5.13B. Shorted shares have increased from 1.05M to 1.5M. Short float at 2.93%, which implies a short ratio of 3.08 days. The stock has gained 49.03% over the last year.

9. Huntington Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:HBAN): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $4.68B. Shorted shares have increased from 23.77M to 31.74M. Short float at 4.46%, which implies a short ratio of 1.67 days. The stock has gained 76.49% over the last year.

10. Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $3.67B. Shorted shares have increased from 2.78M to 3.54M. Short float at 6.71%, which implies a short ratio of 9.35 days. The stock has gained 26.84% over the last year.

11. TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE:TCB): Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $1.98B. Shorted shares have increased from 18.64M to 22.83M. Short float at 17.84%, which implies a short ratio of 10.76 days. The stock has gained 5.7% over the last year.

12. Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE:JNS): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $2.26B. Shorted shares have increased from 16.88M to 20.23M. Short float at 11.61%, which implies a short ratio of 5.17 days. The stock has lost -6.25% over the last year.

13. PartnerRe Ltd. (NYSE:PRE): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $5.79B. Shorted shares have increased from 1.94M to 2.3M. Short float at 3.1%, which implies a short ratio of 5.73 days. The stock has gained 5.58% over the last year.

14. China MediaExpress Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK:CCME): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $310.46M. Shorted shares have increased from 2.99M to 3.52M. Short float at 19.6%, which implies a short ratio of 3.01 days. The stock has gained 38.95% over the last year.

15. PMI Group Inc. (PMI): Surety & Title Insurance Industry. Market cap of $525.41M. Shorted shares have increased from 24.22M to 28.1M. Short float at 17.48%, which implies a short ratio of 4.36 days. The stock has gained 60.59% over the last year.



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

Source: 15 Financial Stocks Being Targeted by Short Sellers