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If you are a contrarian looking to get exposure to the financial sector, this might be the perfect place you to start your own analysis.

To compile this list we focused on finance related stocks with short float above 10%. We then analyzed the institutional flows for each of these names and focused on those companies that had experienced significant institutional buying relative to their floating shares.

Considering this data, which of these stocks do you think is more likely to experience a short squeeze?

1. Noah Holdings Limited (NYSE:NOAH): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $959.98M. Short float at 20.88%. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 8.3M shares - which is equivalent to 59.63% of the floating shares. The stock has had a good month, gaining 19.96%.

2. MBIA Inc. (NYSE:MBI): Surety & Title Insurance Industry. Market cap of $1.99B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 55.0M shares - which is equivalent to 37.17% of the floating shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.56). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 19.55% (equivalent to 6.36 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 8.61% over the last week.

3. Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC): Regional Bank. Market cap of $1.18B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 7.2M shares - which is equivalent to 21.26% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.18% (equivalent to 18.29 days of average volume). The stock has lost 10.88% over the last year.

4. Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE:AHT): REIT. Market cap of $729.08M. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 6.3M shares - which is equivalent to 14.28% of the floating shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.63). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 13.7% (equivalent to 15.19 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 5.77% above its SMA20, 13.98% above its SMA50, and 26.03% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 11.34%.

5. Radian Group Inc. (NYSE:RDN): Surety & Title Insurance Industry. Market cap of $797.33M. Short float at 16.13%. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 15.6M shares - which is equivalent to 13.12% of the floating shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.9). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.21% over the last week. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 12.04%.

6. DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT): Property Management Industry. Market cap of $1.50B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 7.3M shares - which is equivalent to 12.53% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 26.49% (equivalent to 18.25 days of average volume). The stock has gained 9.36% over the last year.

7. Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR): REIT. Market cap of $5.76B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 8.4M shares - which is equivalent to 9.14% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 19.84% (equivalent to 17.56 days of average volume). The stock has gained 5.55% over the last year.

8. CBL & Associates Properties Inc. (NYSE:CBL): REIT. Market cap of $2.72B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 10.4M shares - which is equivalent to 8.22% of the floating shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 3.3). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 14.% (equivalent to 11.19 days of average volume). The stock has gained 24.11% over the last year.

9. National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN): REIT. Market cap of $2.23B. Short float at 11.29%. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 5.5M shares - which is equivalent to 6.68% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.29% (equivalent to 12.45 days of average volume). The stock has gained 15.83% over the last year.

10. TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE:TCB): Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $2.22B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 7.7M shares - which is equivalent to 5.36% of the floating shares. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.54), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.29% (equivalent to 7.72 days of average volume). The stock has lost 16.76% over the last year.

11. First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG): Savings & Loans Industry. Market cap of $3.01B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 10.4M shares - which is equivalent to 5.21% of the floating shares. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.62), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.88% (equivalent to 8.46 days of average volume). The stock has gained 7.07% over the last year.

12. BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS): Regional Bank. Market cap of $1.13B. Over the current quarter, institutional investors purchased 3.0M shares - which is equivalent to 4.11% of the floating shares. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.72), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.62% (equivalent to 15.47 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -10.58% below its SMA20, -11.61% below its SMA50, and -5.74% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 11.29% over the last week.

*Institutional flows sourced from Yahoo! Finance, other relevant data sourced from Finviz.

Source: Short Squeeze Ideas: 12 Highly Shorted Financials Boosted by Big Money Managers