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The following is a list of stocks that have lagged the rest of the market over recent weeks, reporting losses over the last quarter.

In addition, all of the stocks mentioned below are deeply undervalued, when comparing the current price to the average analyst target price (used as a proxy for fair value).

Yes, there are many limitations to this approach of finding undervalued companies, but the goal here is to give a value-oriented investor a starting point for his or her own analysis.

Analysts seem to think these companies are deeply undervalued, what do you think? Is this a list of falling knives? Full details below.

Price target data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the discount to average analyst target price.

1. PICO Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:PICO): Accident & Health Insurance Industry. Market cap of $669.42M. Price at time of writing $29.35 vs. target price of $48.0 (discount of 38.85%). Short float at 2.8%, which implies a short ratio of 8.39 days. The stock has lost -13.37% over the last year.

2. Micromet, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITI): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $461.7M. Price at time of writing $6.15 vs. target price of $10.04 (discount of 38.75%). Short float at 6.05%, which implies a short ratio of 8.18 days. The stock has lost -23.39% over the last year.

3. Power-One Inc. (NASDAQ:PWER): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $967.5M. Price at time of writing $8.21 vs. target price of $13.27 (discount of 38.13%). Short float at 39.44%, which implies a short ratio of 6.4 days. The stock has gained 139.95% over the last year.

4. MedAssets, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDAS): Healthcare Information Services Industry. Market cap of $816.32M. Price at time of writing $14.09 vs. target price of $22.18 (discount of 36.47%). Short float at 10.36%, which implies a short ratio of 7.73 days. The stock has lost -35.06% over the last year.

5. Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIWA): Copper Industry. Market cap of $307.93M. Price at time of writing $11.04 vs. target price of $17.33 (discount of 36.3%). Short float at 21.02%, which implies a short ratio of 14.2 days. The stock has gained 29.57% over the last year.

6. NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI): Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $371.14M. Price at time of writing $13.6 vs. target price of $21.33 (discount of 36.24%). Short float at 28.22%, which implies a short ratio of 16.33 days. The stock has lost -25.56% over the last year.

7. Medifast Inc. (NYSE:MED): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $351.88M. Price at time of writing $23.33 vs. target price of $36.33 (discount of 35.78%). Short float at 25.04%, which implies a short ratio of 9.55 days. The stock has gained 7.95% over the last year.

8. Golden Star Resources, Ltd. (NYSEMKT:GSS): Gold Industry. Market cap of $806.55M. Price at time of writing $3.17 vs. target price of $4.93 (discount of 35.7%). Short float at 3.56%, which implies a short ratio of 2.53 days. The stock has lost -0.64% over the last year.

9. United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNTD): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $528.72M. Price at time of writing $5.91 vs. target price of $9.09 (discount of 34.98%). Short float at 4.25%, which implies a short ratio of 5.79 days. The stock has gained 4.41% over the last year.

10. Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISIS): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $901.01M. Price at time of writing $8.99 vs. target price of $13.8 (discount of 34.86%). Short float at 10.51%, which implies a short ratio of 16.98 days. The stock has gained 2.71% over the last year.

11. Valassis Communications Inc. (NYSE:VCI): Marketing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.47B. Price at time of writing $28.14 vs. target price of $42.0 (discount of 33.%). Short float at 11.05%, which implies a short ratio of 7.66 days. The stock has gained 15.46% over the last year.

12. Enersis S.A. (NYSE:ENI): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.98B. Price at time of writing $20.26 vs. target price of $30.02 (discount of 32.51%). Short float at 0.24%, which implies a short ratio of 0.95 days. The stock has lost -5.15% over the last year.

13. UTStarcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTSI): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $313.44M. Price at time of writing $2.03 vs. target price of $3.0 (discount of 32.33%). Short float at 3.23%, which implies a short ratio of 7.87 days. The stock has lost -4.59% over the last year.

14. China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:STV): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $389.04M. Price at time of writing $7.08 vs. target price of $10.1 (discount of 29.9%). Short float at 0.28%, which implies a short ratio of 0.47 days. The stock has lost -11.87% over the last year.

15. Jaguar Mining Inc. (JAG): Gold Industry. Market cap of $453.91M. Price at time of writing $5.28 vs. target price of $7.53 (discount of 29.88%). Short float at 7.02%, which implies a short ratio of 4.21 days. The stock has lost -42.89% over the last year.

16. JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU): Regional Airlines Industry. Market cap of $1.69B. Price at time of writing $5.65 vs. target price of $8.04 (discount of 29.73%). Short float at 18.28%, which implies a short ratio of 8.14 days. The stock has gained 9.09% over the last year.

17. Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:HA): Regional Airlines Industry. Market cap of $335.47M. Price at time of writing $6.61 vs. target price of $9.3 (discount of 28.92%). Short float at 7.77%, which implies a short ratio of 6.25 days. The stock has lost -14.14% over the last year.

18. Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL): Major Airlines Industry. Market cap of $9.28B. Price at time of writing $11.21 vs. target price of $15.7 (discount of 28.6%). Short float at 1.55%, which implies a short ratio of 0.92 days. The stock has lost -13.93% over the last year.

19. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:JASO): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.24B. Price at time of writing $7.02 vs. target price of $9.74 (discount of 27.93%). Short float at 20.45%, which implies a short ratio of 2.95 days. The stock has gained 48.19% over the last year.

20. Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $418.9M. Price at time of writing $6.52 vs. target price of $9.04 (discount of 27.88%). Short float at 2.2%, which implies a short ratio of 3.82 days. The stock has lost -7.71% over the last year.

21. Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBB): Multimedia & Graphics Software Industry. Market cap of $1.2B. Price at time of writing $34.71 vs. target price of $48.11 (discount of 27.85%). Short float at 39.47%, which implies a short ratio of 31.94 days. The stock has lost -11.67% over the last year.

22. IRSA Investments and Representations Inc. (NYSE:IRS): Real Estate Development Industry. Market cap of $813.07M. Price at time of writing $14.4 vs. target price of $19.84 (discount of 27.42%). Short float at 0.07%, which implies a short ratio of 0.27 days. The stock has gained 53.38% over the last year.

23. Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP): Drugs Industry. Market cap of $1.94B. Price at time of writing $33.1 vs. target price of $45.4 (discount of 27.09%). Short float at 10.9%, which implies a short ratio of 5.7 days. The stock has gained 17.26% over the last year.

24. The Dolan Company (DM): Publishing Industry. Market cap of $384.43M. Price at time of writing $12.49 vs. target price of $16.8 (discount of 25.65%). Short float at 3.2%, which implies a short ratio of 5.51 days. The stock has gained 20.92% over the last year.

25. Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSEMKT:PLX): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $620.55M. Price at time of writing $6.94 vs. target price of $9.33 (discount of 25.62%). Short float at 12.55%, which implies a short ratio of 9.11 days. The stock has gained 7.16% over the last year.

26. Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT): Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $349.89M. Price at time of writing $4.99 vs. target price of $6.7 (discount of 25.52%). Short float at 2.85%, which implies a short ratio of 5.17 days. The stock has lost -7.09% over the last year.

27. KT Corp. (NYSE:KT): Telecom Services. Market cap of $10.43B. Price at time of writing $19.82 vs. target price of $26.36 (discount of 24.81%). Short float at 0.09%, which implies a short ratio of 0.4 days. The stock has gained 4.12% over the last year.

28. LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOGM): Information Technology Services Industry. Market cap of $897.24M. Price at time of writing $35.63 vs. target price of $47.36 (discount of 24.77%). Short float at 15.63%, which implies a short ratio of 12.37 days. The stock has gained 101.97% over the last year.

29. TNS Inc. (NYSE:TNS): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $494.06M. Price at time of writing $18.9 vs. target price of $25.0 (discount of 24.4%). Short float at 2.57%, which implies a short ratio of 7.67 days. The stock has lost -20.23% over the last year.

30. WuXi PharmaTech Inc. (NYSE:WX): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $1.08B. Price at time of writing $15.22 vs. target price of $20.03 (discount of 24.01%). Short float at 0.54%, which implies a short ratio of 1.01 days. The stock has lost -3.78% over the last year.

Source: Top 30 Most Undervalued, Underperforming Stocks