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The following is a list of breakout stocks, based on moving average trends. For this article, we tracked down stocks that have recently seen the 50-day simple moving average (SMA50) move above the 200-day moving average (SMA200) -- a bullish technical signal called the ""Golden Cross".

When these two moving averages cross, it often represents a shift in investor sentiment. And to provide more perspective on these breakouts, we also collected data on short interest.

Short sellers seem to think these companies are in trouble--all of the stocks mentioned below have short floats higher than 15%. But is this excessive pessimism justified? What do you think? Full details below.

This list might offer an interesting starting point for those looking at short squeeze ideas. Short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the 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 alphabetically.

1. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALM): Farm Products Industry. Market cap of $676.39M. SMA50 at $30.69 vs. SMA200 at $30.68 (current price at $28.21). Short float at 26.11%, which implies a short ratio of 26.24 days. The stock has lost -11.46% over the last year.

2. China-Biotics, Inc. (OTCQB:CHBT):
Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $321.4M. SMA50 at $13.73 vs. SMA200 at $13.44 (current price at $14.37). Short float at 30.54%, which implies a short ratio of 7.39 days. The stock has gained 11.53% over the last year.

3. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (OTC:LNET)
: CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $86.31M. SMA50 at $3.80 vs. SMA200 at $3.78 (current price at $3.60). Short float at 19.45%, which implies a short ratio of 10.58 days. The stock has lost -37.11% over the last year.

4. Universal Travel Group (UTA):
Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $146.26M. SMA50 at $6.52 vs. SMA200 at $6.43 (current price at $7.58). Short float at 15.27%, which implies a short ratio of 4.82 days. The stock has lost -20.71% over the last year.

5. Vistaprint N.V. (NASDAQ:VPRT): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $2.23B. SMA50 at $44.78 vs. SMA200 at $42.95 (current price at $50.20). Short float at 16.01%, which implies a short ratio of 13.62 days. The stock has lost -8.66% 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.

Source: Squeeze Ideas: 5 Highly Shorted Stocks With Bullish SMA50/SMA200 Crossovers