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The following is a list of highly shorted stocks in a downtrend, i.e. trading below the 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages. All of the stocks mentioned below have short floats higher than 15%.

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

All data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to see how analyst ratings have changed for the top 6 stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. (Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available)

The list has been sorted by short float.

1. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSYS): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $526.31M. The stock is currently -6.93% below its 20-day MA, -15.47% below its 50-day MA, and -7.92% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 34.9%, which implies a short ratio of 14.83 days. The stock has lost -29.35% over the last year.

2. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV): Residential Construction Industry. Market cap of $300.62M. The stock is currently -6.5% below its 20-day MA, -1.33% below its 50-day MA, and -14.06% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 33.67%, which implies a short ratio of 12.1 days. The stock has lost -2.52% over the last year.

3. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $861.89M. The stock is currently -.25% below its 20-day MA, -1.86% below its 50-day MA, and -12.65% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 32.18%, which implies a short ratio of 17.97 days. The stock has lost -18.88% over the last year.

4. hhgregg, Inc. (HGG): Electronics Stores Industry. Market cap of $843.33M. The stock is currently -9.21% below its 20-day MA, -9.12% below its 50-day MA, and -11.84% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 30.21%, which implies a short ratio of 16.15 days. The stock has lost -4.47% over the last year.

5. American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $1.31B. The stock is currently -8.08% below its 20-day MA, -14.09% below its 50-day MA, and -6.47% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 27.4%, which implies a short ratio of 12 days. The stock has lost -32.01% over the last year.

6. Duoyuan Global Water Inc. (DGW): Pollution & Treatment Controls Industry. Market cap of $308.61M. The stock is currently -.47% below its 20-day MA, -1.11% below its 50-day MA, and -33.19% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 26.36%, which implies a short ratio of 9.15 days. The stock has lost -65.95% over the last year.

7. The Talbots Inc. (TLB): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $601.11M. The stock is currently -8.1% below its 20-day MA, -13.62% below its 50-day MA, and -27.96% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 26.16%, which implies a short ratio of 4.81 days. The stock has gained 1.43% over the last year.

8. Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CADX): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $382.89M. The stock is currently -1.21% below its 20-day MA, -6.04% below its 50-day MA, and -7.69% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 25.09%, which implies a short ratio of 19.63 days. The stock has lost -22.52% over the last year.

9. DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (DFT): Property Management Industry. Market cap of $1.26B. The stock is currently -1.9% below its 20-day MA, -7.21% below its 50-day MA, and -11.16% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 22.75%, which implies a short ratio of 13.35 days. The stock has gained 23.5% over the last year.

10. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $910.46M. The stock is currently -.07% below its 20-day MA, -1.35% below its 50-day MA, and -12.86% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 21.17%, which implies a short ratio of 8.15 days. The stock has lost -9.72% over the last year.

11. Skechers USA Inc. (SKX): Apparel Footwear & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $952.12M. The stock is currently -6.42% below its 20-day MA, -7.43% below its 50-day MA, and -34.26% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 20.7%, which implies a short ratio of 3.55 days. The stock has lost -31.12% over the last year.

12. Digital Realty Trust Inc. (DLR): REIT. Market cap of $4.59B. The stock is currently -1.56% below its 20-day MA, -5.72% below its 50-day MA, and -10.91% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 20.64%, which implies a short ratio of 11.12 days. The stock has gained 6.77% over the last year.

13. Garmin Ltd. (GRMN): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $5.86B. The stock is currently -1.33% below its 20-day MA, -1.37% below its 50-day MA, and -4.24% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 19.75%, which implies a short ratio of 13.64 days. The stock has gained 1.4% over the last year.

14. GSI Commerce Inc. (GSIC): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.56B. The stock is currently -.25% below its 20-day MA, -2.77% below its 50-day MA, and -9.29% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 17.51%, which implies a short ratio of 8.89 days. The stock has lost -8.04% over the last year.

15. PMI Group Inc. (PMI): Surety & Title Insurance Industry. Market cap of $535.08M. The stock is currently -1.89% below its 20-day MA, -4.01% below its 50-day MA, and -15.31% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 17.48%, which implies a short ratio of 4.42 days. The stock has gained 29.69% over the last year.

16. Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SVNT): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $808.69M. The stock is currently -3.02% below its 20-day MA, -11.47% below its 50-day MA, and -20.78% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 17.28%, which implies a short ratio of 3.59 days. The stock has lost -17.67% over the last year.

17. Equinix, Inc. (EQIX): Telecom Services. Market cap of $3.73B. The stock is currently -1.24% below its 20-day MA, -.39% below its 50-day MA, and -9.38% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 16.7%, which implies a short ratio of 3.95 days. The stock has lost -24.81% over the last year.

18. EnerNOC, Inc. (ENOC): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $599.07M. The stock is currently -3.8% below its 20-day MA, -9.47% below its 50-day MA, and -19.14% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 16.29%, which implies a short ratio of 11.14 days. The stock has lost -22.38% over the last year.

19. Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (STP): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $1.46B. The stock is currently -1.52% below its 20-day MA, -2.87% below its 50-day MA, and -19.8% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 15.68%, which implies a short ratio of 4.69 days. The stock has lost -50.46% over the last year.

20. China Automotive Systems Inc. (CAAS): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $359.88M. The stock is currently -7.68% below its 20-day MA, -13.12% below its 50-day MA, and -24.82% below its 200-day MA. Short float at 15.2%, which implies a short ratio of 4.16 days. The stock has lost -31.53% over the last year.

Source: 20 Highly Shorted Stocks With Bearish Momentum