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The following is a list of stocks that have experienced a significant increase of short positions from January 28 to February 28.

To compile this list we started with a universe of over 700 companies with market caps above $100M. We then sorted our list by the short float and only kept those companies with more than 15% short float. To get more insight on this data, we looked at the changes in short interest for each of these names. The 17 companies below are the result of our final screen.

Considering this information, which of these stocks are you most bearish about? Or if you are a contrarian, which of these stocks do find more likely to experience a short squeeze? Full details below.


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List sorted by the change in shares shorted. (Note: Data collected on Thursday afternoon)

1. Coinstar Inc. (CSTR): Business Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.48B. Short float at 41.13%. Shares shorted increased by 20.06%, from 9.77M to 11.73M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 41.13% (equivalent to 5.65 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 11.37%.

2. Clearwire Corporation (CLWR)
: Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $1.36B. Short float at 26.38%. Shares shorted increased by 18.59%, from 36.84M to 43.69M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 26.38% (equivalent to 8.09 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 15.11%.

3. Kindred Healthcare Inc. (KND):
Medical Instruments and Supplies Industry. Market cap of $962.22M. Short float at 15.97%. Shares shorted increased by 14.37%, from 5.22M to 5.97M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.97% (equivalent to 7.4 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.73% over the last week.

4. MAKO Surgical Corp. (MAKO):
Medical Appliances and Equipment Industry. Market cap of $874.97M. Short float at 17.67%. Shares shorted increased by 14.29%, from 6.09M to 6.96M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.67% (equivalent to 11.69 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum - currently trading 16.59% above its SMA20, 28.45% above its SMA50, and 76.09% above its SMA200. The stock has gained 59.05% over the last year.

5. Sangamo Biosciences Inc. (SGMO): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $360.63M. Short float at 17.37%. Shares shorted increased by 13.64%, from 5.79M to 6.58M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.37% (equivalent to 10.63 days of average volume). The stock has gained 46.49% over the last year.

6. Beazer Homes USA Inc. (BZH): Residential Construction Industry. Market cap of $355.12M. Short float at 20.95%. Shares shorted increased by 12.25%, from 13.96M to 15.67M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 20.95% (equivalent to 6.9 days of average volume). The stock has gained 2.42% over the last year.

7. Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG)
: Shipping Industry. Market cap of $998.81M. Short float at 19.3%. Shares shorted increased by 10.66%, from 4.69M to 5.19M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 19.3% (equivalent to 6.91 days of average volume). The stock has lost 12.42% over the last year.

8. Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (ACOR):
Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $893.04M. Short float at 17.61%. Shares shorted increased by 10.66%, from 6.66M to 7.37M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.61% (equivalent to 7.53 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.59% over the last week.

9. Satcon Technology Corporation (SATC):
Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $457.80M. Short float at 16.25%. Shares shorted increased by 10.53%, from 14.15M to 15.64M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 16.25% (equivalent to 5.49 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.94% over the last week.

10. Comstock Resources Inc. (CRK): Independent Oil and Gas Industry. Market cap of $1.48B. Short float at 18.54%. Shares shorted increased by 9.65%, from 8.50M to 9.32M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 18.54% (equivalent to 8.54 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 11.46% above its SMA20, 16.69% above its SMA50, and 25.13% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.07% over the last week.

11. The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. (PLCE): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.31B. Short float at 24.16%. Shares shorted increased by 8.89%, from 4.05M to 4.41M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 24.16% (equivalent to 6.49 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 13.64%.

12. Rock-Tenn Co. (RKT): Paper and Paper Products Industry. Market cap of $2.72B. Short float at 24.99%. Shares shorted increased by 7.79%, from 8.09M to 8.72M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 24.99% (equivalent to 8.59 days of average volume). The stock has gained 53.11% over the last year.

13. Liz Claiborne Inc. (LIZ):
Apparel Clothing Industry. Market cap of $519.08M. Short float at 22.75%. Shares shorted increased by 7.13%, from 19.35M to 20.73M shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.14). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 22.75% (equivalent to 6.66 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.46%.

14. Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (QCOR): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $901.63M. Short float at 19.42%. Shares shorted increased by 6.03%, from 9.79M to 10.38M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 19.42% (equivalent to 10.1 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 16.55%.

15. Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM):
Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $571.13M. Short float at 20.06%. Shares shorted increased by 5.49%, from 8.74M to 9.22M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 20.06% (equivalent to 15.37 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -6.16% below its SMA20, -5.17% below its SMA50, and -11.3% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 10.86% over the last week.

16. United Rentals, Inc. (URI): Rental and Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.98B. Short float at 23.93%. Shares shorted increased by 5.32%, from 13.15M to 13.85M shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.36). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 23.93% (equivalent to 7.85 days of average volume). The stock has gained 248.83% over the last year.

17. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV): Residential Construction Industry. Market cap of $279.10M. Short float at 29.79%. Shares shorted increased by 5.29%, from 17.59M to 18.52M shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 29.79% (equivalent to 6.96 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -6.15% below its SMA20, -15.21% below its SMA50, and -13.26% below its SMA200. The stock has lost 17.7% over the last year.

Data on shares shorted sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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