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The Applied Finance Group is focused on valuing securities using an unbiased and consistent approach to provide quality investment advice. Our Buy and Sell ratings have delivered consistent results with a significant spread achieved between the companies that we label as attractive and those that we label as unattractive (see annualized returns below).

We apply AFG’s valuation methodology to various popular lists of stocks such as those heavily owned by stock market “gurus”, favored or hated by analysts from top firms on the street, or stocks that are most newsworthy. We attempt to help you make sense of those popular stock ideas by applying our unbiased, proven research tools.

Today we will apply our diagnosis to the list of stocks with the most short interest as a percentage of float, provided by Bespoke.com. We are overlaying our valuation and corporate performance analysis to the list to shed light on where we agree with the bearish sentiments. Of the 35 stocks listed, we have 20 ranked as unattractive, 5 as Neutral, and 10 as Attractive. Please find details in the following:

We will monitor the performance of our diagnosis series to see how much value our analysis adds.

Investment
Ticker Name Sector Opportunity
Our Take on the Most Heavily Shorted Stocks
(NYSE:TER) TERADYNE, INC. Capital Goods Attractive
(NYSE:GME) GAMESTOP CORPORATION Consumer Services Attractive
(NYSE:HRB) H&R BLOCK, INC. Consumer Services Attractive
(NYSE:MCO) MOODY'S CORPORATION Consumer Services Attractive
(NASDAQ:URBN) URBAN OUTFITTERS INC Consumer Services Attractive
(NYSE:TSO) TESORO CORPORATION Energy and Extraction Attractive
(NYSE:BCR) C.R. BARD INC Health Attractive
(NASDAQ:CEPH) CEPHALON, INC. Health Attractive
(NASDAQ:CERN) CERNER CORPORATION Health Attractive
(NASDAQ:XLNX) XILINX, INC. Technology Attractive
(NYSE:DO) DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING, INC Capital Goods Neutral
(NASDAQ:MOLX) MOLEX INCORPORATED Consumer Durable Neutral
(NYSE:JCP) PENNEY [J C] CO INC Consumer Services Neutral
(NYSE:RSH) RADIOSHACK CORPORATION Consumer Services Neutral
(NASDAQ:FSLR) FIRST SOLAR, INC. Technology Neutral
(NYSE:AKS) AK STEEL HOLDING CORPORATION Basic Material Unattractive
(NYSE:ATI) ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES INCORPO Basic Material Unattractive
(NYSE:X) UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATIO Basic Material Unattractive
(NYSE:LEN) LENNAR CORPORATION Capital Goods Unattractive
(NYSE:PHM) PULTEGROUP, INCORPORATION Capital Goods Unattractive
(NYSE:AN) AUTONATION, INC. Consumer Services Unattractive
(NASDAQ:DISCA) DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INCOR Consumer Services Unattractive
(NYSE:GCI) GANNETT CO., INC Consumer Services Unattractive
(NYSE:MWW) MONSTER WORLDWIDE, INC. Consumer Services Unattractive
(NASDAQ:NFLX) NETFLIX INC Consumer Services Unattractive
(NYSE:RHI) ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL INC. Consumer Services Unattractive
(NASDAQ:SHLD) SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION Consumer Services Unattractive
(NYSE:SVU) SUPERVALU INC. Consumer Services Unattractive
(NYSE:WPO) WASHINGTON POST COMPANY (THE) Consumer Services Unattractive
(NYSE:VMC) VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY Energy and Extraction Unattractive
(NYSE:AIG) AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, Financials Unattractive
NYSE:FII) FEDERATED INVESTORS INCORPORAT Financials Unattractive
(NYSE:JNS) JANUS CAPITAL GROUP, INC. Financials Unattractive
(NASDAQ:ZION) ZIONS BANCORPORATION Financials Unattractive
(NYSE:AMD) ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC. Technology Unattractive
Source: Most Heavily Shorted Stocks in the S&P 500