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The following is a list of stocks have seen a significant increase in shares shorted between 10/29 - 1/31. In addition, all of these companies have announced stock buybacks over recent weeks.

This list might be an interesting starting point if you're looking for short squeeze ideas. If these companies are buying back their own stock, will that provide some support at current levels? Full details below.

Short trends data sourced from AOL Money and buyback data sourced from RTT News.

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 change in shares shorted over the last three months.

1. Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIWA): Copper Industry. Market cap of $301.81M. The company announced the buyback of $15M on Jan-26-2011 (represents about 4.97% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 1.33M to 2.93M over the last three months (120% change). Short float at 19.3%, which implies a short ratio of 12.88 days. The stock has gained 27.62% over the last year.

2. Cninsure Inc. (NASDAQ:CISG): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $863.7M. The company announced the buyback of $100M on Dec-03-2010 (represents about 11.58% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 3.23M to 6.85M over the last three months (112% change). Short float at 15.06%, which implies a short ratio of 7.27 days. The stock has lost -19.81% over the last year.

3. Genesco Inc. (NYSE:GCO): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $932.99M. The company announced the buyback of $35M on Oct-29-2010 (represents about 3.75% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 1.41M to 2.9M over the last three months (106% change). Short float at 12.72%, which implies a short ratio of 9.8 days. The stock has gained 63.76% over the last year.

4. Trinity Industries Inc. (NYSE:TRN): Railroads Industry. Market cap of $2.37B. The company announced the buyback of $200M on Dec-09-2010 (represents about 8.44% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 5.76M to 9.6M over the last three months (67% change). Short float at 12.34%, which implies a short ratio of 12.19 days. The stock has gained 77.12% over the last year.

5. Nanometrics Incorporated (NASDAQ:NANO): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $391.29M. The company announced the buyback of $10M on Nov-29-2010 (represents about 2.56% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 1.01M to 1.53M over the last three months (51% change). Short float at 8.75%, which implies a short ratio of 2.72 days. The stock has gained 87.14% over the last year.

6. DPL Inc. (NYSE:DPL): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.04B. The company announced the buyback of $200M on Oct-28-2010 (represents about 6.57% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 4.73M to 6.61M over the last three months (40% change). Short float at 5.56%, which implies a short ratio of 9.29 days. The stock has gained 0.63% over the last year.

7. The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.4B. The company announced the buyback of $150M on Jan-21-2011 (represents about 10.68% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 4.89M to 6.76M over the last three months (38% change). Short float at 17.23%, which implies a short ratio of 7.52 days. The stock has gained 26.98% over the last year.

8. Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $635.14M. The company announced the buyback of $200M on Dec-21-2010 (represents about 31.49% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 5.3M to 6.45M over the last three months (22% change). Short float at 11.21%, which implies a short ratio of 14.92 days. The stock has gained 14.92% over the last year.

9. Digital River Inc. (NASDAQ:DRIV): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.34B. The company announced the buyback of $35M on Oct-25-2010 (represents about 2.61% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 4.62M to 5.21M over the last three months (13% change). Short float at 13.46%, which implies a short ratio of 7.37 days. The stock has gained 28.15% over the last year.

10. Healthways Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY): Specialized Health Services Industry. Market cap of $462.5M. The company announced the buyback of $60M on Oct-21-2010 (represents about 12.97% of current market cap). Shorted shares increased from 1.53M to 1.72M over the last three months (12% change). Short float at 5.17%, which implies a short ratio of 6.97 days. The stock has lost -10.55% over the last year.

Source: Squeeze Ideas: Buyback Stocks Targeted by Short Sellers