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The following is a list of stocks going ex-dividend in January. All of the stocks mentioned below have a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions, i.e. bullish options market sentiment.

To create this list, we started with a universe of about 80 stocks going ex-dividend during January. We then narrowed down the list by only focusing on those stocks that have a low Put/Call ratio.

Options traders expect to see some near-term upside to these names--what do you think? Full details below.

Dividend data sourced from Fidelity, options data sourced from Schaeffer's. Short float and options data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six 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 the Put/Call ratio.

1. Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $757.19M. Next dividend at $0.34 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-19, with the pay date on Jan-28. Call open interest at 2,455 contracts vs. put open interest at 105 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.04). Short float at 3.33%, which implies a short ratio of 3.89 days. The stock has gained 51.81% over the last year.

2. Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $2.56B. Next dividend at $0.13 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-13, with the pay date on Feb-01. Call open interest at 4,797 contracts vs. put open interest at 669 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.14). Short float at 10.01%, which implies a short ratio of 11.28 days. The stock has gained 59.22% over the last year.

3. Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $269.32M. Next dividend at $0.07 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-13, with the pay date on Jan-31. Call open interest at 3,069 contracts vs. put open interest at 480 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.16). Short float at 6.16%, which implies a short ratio of 5.17 days. The stock has gained 24.28% over the last year.

4. The Marcus Corporation (MCS): Lodging Industry. Market cap of $387.39M. Next dividend at $0.09 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-21, with the pay date on Feb-15. Call open interest at 245 contracts vs. put open interest at 51 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.21). Short float at 2.1%, which implies a short ratio of 8.44 days. The stock has gained 1.32% over the last year.

5. RAIT Financial Trust (RAS): Property Management Industry. Market cap of $256.18M. Next dividend at $0.03 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-19, with the pay date on Jan-31. Call open interest at 7,586 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,651 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.22). Short float at 6.45%, which implies a short ratio of 2.14 days. The stock has gained 71.52% over the last year.

6. Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH): REIT. Market cap of $2.82B. Next dividend at $0.37 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Feb-11. Call open interest at 3,161 contracts vs. put open interest at 819 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.26). Short float at 1.66%, which implies a short ratio of 1.66 days. The stock has gained 8.79% over the last year.

7. Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (OZRK): Regional Bank. Market cap of $731.42M. Next dividend at $0.17 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-21. Call open interest at 259 contracts vs. put open interest at 73 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.28). Short float at 21.84%, which implies a short ratio of 37.64 days. The stock has gained 47.03% over the last year.

8. Scholastic Corporation (SCHL): Publishing Industry. Market cap of $965.91M. Next dividend at $0.1 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-27, with the pay date on Mar-15. Call open interest at 1,952 contracts vs. put open interest at 562 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.29). Short float at 21.77%, which implies a short ratio of 13.77 days. The stock has gained 1.95% over the last year.

9. Lincare Holdings Inc. (LNCR): Home Health Care Industry. Market cap of $2.61B. Next dividend at $0.2 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-28. Call open interest at 15,381 contracts vs. put open interest at 5,614 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 8.19%, which implies a short ratio of 7.33 days. The stock has gained 8.12% over the last year.

10. American Financial Group Inc. (AFG): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $3.56B. Next dividend at $0.16 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-25. Call open interest at 181 contracts vs. put open interest at 69 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.38). Short float at 0.73%, which implies a short ratio of 1.82 days. The stock has gained 32.65% over the last year.

11. Gold Resource Corp (GORO): Gold Industry. Market cap of $1.4B. Next dividend at $0.03 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-28. Call open interest at 4,051 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,708 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.42). Short float at 2.57%, which implies a short ratio of 3.26 days. The stock has gained 141.94% over the last year.

12. RPM International Inc. (RPM): General Building Materials Industry. Market cap of $2.91B. Next dividend at $0.21 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-31. Call open interest at 993 contracts vs. put open interest at 446 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.45). Short float at 1.3%, which implies a short ratio of 2.12 days. The stock has gained 12.24% over the last year.

13. Celanese Corp. (CE): Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $6.58B. Next dividend at $0.05 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-27, with the pay date on Feb-01. Call open interest at 11,131 contracts vs. put open interest at 5,193 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.47). Short float at 0.73%, which implies a short ratio of 0.83 days. The stock has gained 24.3% over the last year.

14. Methode Electronics Inc. (MEI): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $461.84M. Next dividend at $0.07 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-28. Call open interest at 140 contracts vs. put open interest at 70 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.5). Short float at 2.93%, which implies a short ratio of 7.05 days. The stock has gained 41.33% over the last year.

15. CommonWealth REIT (CWH): REIT. Market cap of $1.87B. Next dividend at $0.5 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-19, with the pay date on Feb-22. Call open interest at 2,899 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,632 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.56). Short float at 1.73%, which implies a short ratio of 2.5 days. The stock has gained 5.78% over the last year.

16. Graco Inc. (GGG): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $2.35B. Next dividend at $0.21 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-13, with the pay date on Feb-02. Call open interest at 225 contracts vs. put open interest at 127 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.56). Short float at 6.7%, which implies a short ratio of 12.61 days. The stock has gained 32.66% over the last year.

17. Watsco Inc. (WSO): Electronics Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $2.B. Next dividend at $0.52 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with the pay date on Jan-31. Call open interest at 838 contracts vs. put open interest at 478 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.57). Short float at 11.17%, which implies a short ratio of 10.85 days. The stock has gained 30.28% over the last year.

18. A. Schulman, Inc. (SHLM): Rubber & Plastics Industry. Market cap of $643.97M. Next dividend at $0.16 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-14, with the pay date on Feb-01. Call open interest at 930 contracts vs. put open interest at 536 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.58). Short float at 2.22%, which implies a short ratio of 3.22 days. The stock has lost -3.67% over the last year.

19. ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $9.85B. Next dividend at $0.23 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-27, with the pay date on Mar-02. Call open interest at 30,497 contracts vs. put open interest at 17,602 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.58). Short float at 1.44%, which implies a short ratio of 1.66 days. The stock has gained 1.76% over the last year.

20. PerkinElmer Inc. (PKI): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $3.03B. Next dividend at $0.07 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-19, with the pay date on Feb-11. Call open interest at 497 contracts vs. put open interest at 289 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.58). Short float at 2.17%, which implies a short ratio of 2.27 days. The stock has gained 22.22% over the last year.

Source: 20 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend With Bullish Options Sentiment