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If you’re looking for momentum ideas backed by big money buying, then this list might offer an interesting starting place for your analysis.

To create this list we took companies with market caps over $300M and with rallying market prices above their 20-day MA, 50-day MA, and 20% above their 200-day MA. The resulting 223 stocks were then further analyzed to find those with the highest levels of institutional selling.



The big money clearly thinks the momentum behind these stocks will keep the price going up. Do you agree? Check out the list below and judge for yourself.

1. MedQuist Holdings Inc. (MEDH):
Healthcare Information Services Industry. Market cap of $554.78M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 13.6M, which is 59.83% of a 22.73M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.68% (equivalent to 5.34 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 19.19% above its SMA20, 25.15% above its SMA50, and 30.8% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.85% over the last week.

2. GSI Group Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIG):
Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $390.19M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 11.3M, which is 48.75% of a 23.18M share float. The stock has gained 56.0% over the last year.

3. Qlik Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLIK): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.61B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 28.2M, which is 39.06% of a 72.19M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 6.26% above its SMA20, 16.66% above its SMA50, and 33.76% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.19% over the last week.

4. SciQuest, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQI): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $394.87M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.8M, which is 37.88% of a 12.67M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 19.56% above its SMA20, 23.19% above its SMA50, and 33.19% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 14.38% over the last week.

5. Rock-Tenn Co. (NYSE:RKT): Paper & Paper Products Industry. Market cap of $2.88B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 14.1M, which is 37.48% of a 37.62M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 28.2% (equivalent to 14.43 days of average volume). The stock has gained 55.52% over the last year.

6. Body Central Corp. (OTCQB:BODY): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $379.29M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.3M, which is 36.07% of a 11.92M share float. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.76% over the last week.

7. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (NYSE:DTG): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $2.32B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 7.0M, which is 33.11% of a 21.14M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 14.37% (equivalent to 5.82 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 6.05% above its SMA20, 16.19% above its SMA50, and 48.76% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 18.85%.

8. Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (QCOR): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $1.37B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 17.2M, which is 31.32% of a 54.91M share float. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = -0.18), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 13.96% (equivalent to 6.95 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 6.26% above its SMA20, 23.29% above its SMA50, and 58.25% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 17.44%.

9. Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. Ordinar (XG): Gold Industry. Market cap of $917.52M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 23.8M, which is 29.38% of a 81.00M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 8.58% above its SMA20, 32.28% above its SMA50, and 79.58% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 13.91% over the last week.

10. Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBRG): Restaurants Industry. Market cap of $428.92M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.7M, which is 27.01% of a 17.40M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 5.74% above its SMA20, 16.61% above its SMA50, and 22.21% above its SMA200.

11. Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DAR): Cleaning Products Industry. Market cap of $2.05B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 29.7M, which is 25.92% of a 114.60M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 7.82% above its SMA20, 13.38% above its SMA50, and 42.44% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.64%.

12. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $1.16B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.8M, which is 21.27% of a 22.57M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 53.78% (equivalent to 9.73 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 46.56% above its SMA20, 76.29% above its SMA50, and 36.47% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 38.2% over the last week.

13. DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $2.23B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 3.0M, which is 20.01% of a 14.99M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 47.4% (equivalent to 13.89 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 12.02% above its SMA20, 17.65% above its SMA50, and 39.59% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 14.89% over the last week.

14. Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT): REIT. Market cap of $955.04M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 17.0M, which is 17.43% of a 97.52M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.41). The stock has gained 67.43% over the last year.

15. Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. (NASDAQ:PEET): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $633.95M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 2.0M, which is 15.87% of a 12.60M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 24.49% (equivalent to 13.12 days of average volume). The stock has gained 33.36% over the last year.

16. TeleNav, Inc. (NASDAQ:TNAV): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $647.14M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 2.4M, which is 14.79% of a 16.23M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 9.76% above its SMA20, 25.68% above its SMA50, and 84.94% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 44.61%.

17. Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $2.41B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 14.6M, which is 13.47% of a 108.42M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 14.21% above its SMA20, 56.37% above its SMA50, and 170.23% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 15.23% over the last week.

*Institutional Data sourced from Fidelity. 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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