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To create list of high growth stocks below, we looked for companies that meet the following conditions:

  • Market cap over $300M
  • 5 year projected Earnings per share (EPS) over 20%.
  • Experienced a significant increase in shares shorted over the last month.

If you're a contrarian, this increase in short selling may raise a flag: Why, despite promising EPS projections, do short sellers seem to think the following names will drop in value?

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.

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Does this present an opportunity to buy in before analyst estimates price in? Use the data below to conduct your own analysis.

List sorted by 5 year EPS.

1. A123 Systems, Inc. (AONE): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $726.79M. 5 year projected EPS at 65%. Shares shorted increased from 15.67M last month to 17.97M this month. This represents 2.44% of the 94.36M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 18.74% (equivalent to 5.07 days of average volume). The stock has lost 32.36% over the last year.

2. Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $542.48M. 5 year projected EPS at 55%. Shares shorted increased from 10.39M last month to 11.52M this month. This represents 3.23% of the 34.94M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.57). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 32.47% (equivalent to 14.27 days of average volume). The stock has gained 13.44% over the last year.

3. Zipcar, Inc. (ZIP): Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $881.05M. 5 year projected EPS at 50%. Shares shorted increased from 1.84M last month to 2.66M this month. This represents 4.15% of the 19.77M share float. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 8.5% over the last week.

4. ReachLocal, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOC): Advertising Agencies Industry. Market cap of $554.56M. 5 year projected EPS at 46.67%. Shares shorted increased from 2.26M last month to 2.55M this month. This represents 3.19% of the 9.10M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.71% (equivalent to 12.4 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 8.36% over the last week.

5. Universal Display Corp. (PANL): Computer Peripherals Industry. Market cap of $1.86B. 5 year projected EPS at 40%. Shares shorted increased from 4.21M last month to 5.10M this month. This represents 2.39% of the 37.29M share float. After a solid performance over the last year, PANL has pulled back during recent sessions. The stock is -11.99% below its SMA20 and -19.73% below its SMA50, but remains 16.66% above its SMA200. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 20.57%.

6. TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO): CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $1.23B. 5 year projected EPS at 40%. Shares shorted increased from 17.61M last month to 19.91M this month. This represents 1.96% of the 117.47M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 6.44% above its SMA20, 10.6% above its SMA50, and 10.24% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.93%.

7. Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO): Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $1.09B. 5 year projected EPS at 33%. Shares shorted increased from 1.58M last month to 1.76M this month. This represents 3.25% of the 5.54M share float. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 12.09%.

8. Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH): Management Services Industry. Market cap of $2.30B. 5 year projected EPS at 32.33%. Shares shorted increased from 4.47M last month to 5.02M this month. This represents 1.66% of the 33.05M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 13.29% (equivalent to 10.76 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 12.88%.

9. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (NYSE:DTG): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $2.42B. 5 year projected EPS at 32%. Shares shorted increased from 4.09M last month to 4.42M this month. This represents 1.56% of the 21.14M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.53% (equivalent to 6.76 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 20.61%.

10. Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ALSK): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $396.14M. 5 year projected EPS at 31.9%. Shares shorted increased from 5.64M last month to 7.46M this month. This represents 4.1% of the 44.40M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 16.77% (equivalent to 11.95 days of average volume). The stock has gained 15.39% over the last year.

11. DepoMed Inc. (NASDAQ:DEPO): Drug Manufacturers Industry. Market cap of $474.98M. 5 year projected EPS at 30%. Shares shorted increased from 5.14M last month to 5.44M this month. This represents 5.48% of the 5.47M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.19% (equivalent to 5.8 days of average volume). The stock has gained 166.57% over the last year.

12. Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSEMKT:NOG): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $1.11B. 5 year projected EPS at 30%. Shares shorted increased from 20.98M last month to 23.51M this month. This represents 4.46% of the 56.79M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 40.16% (equivalent to 8.79 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 12.56% over the last week.

13. Sequenom Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $820.22M. 5 year projected EPS at 30%. Shares shorted increased from 16.95M last month to 18.33M this month. This represents 1.54% of the 89.63M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 18.63% (equivalent to 8.64 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 21.94%.

14. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUXL): Drug Related Products Industry. Market cap of $1.06B. 5 year projected EPS at 30%. Shares shorted increased from 8.92M last month to 10.02M this month. This represents 2.51% of the 43.80M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 21.75% (equivalent to 16.18 days of average volume). The stock has lost 22.14% over the last year.

15. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.0B. 5 year projected EPS at 28.33%. Shares shorted increased from 11.51M last month to 12.53M this month. This represents 2.11% of the 48.37M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 26.52% (equivalent to 5.81 days of average volume). The stock has lost 15.04% over the last year.

16. VanceInfo Technologies Inc. (NYSE:VIT): Information Technology Services Industry. Market cap of $1.12B. 5 year projected EPS at 27.88%. Shares shorted increased from 2.35M last month to 2.95M this month. This represents 2.54% of the 23.66M share float. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -7.34% below its SMA20, -17.04% below its SMA50, and -23.37% below its SMA200. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 19.%.

17. Higher One Inc. (NYSE:ONE): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $863.27M. 5 year projected EPS at 27.5%. Shares shorted increased from 3.31M last month to 3.91M this month. This represents 2% of the 30.04M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.39% (equivalent to 13.23 days of average volume).

18. Rubicon Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $518.17M. 5 year projected EPS at 26.67%. Shares shorted increased from 8.48M last month to 8.99M this month. This represents 2.91% of the 17.52M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 39.24% (equivalent to 12.05 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 18.46%.

19. Nxstage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $973.42M. 5 year projected EPS at 25%. Shares shorted increased from 3.37M last month to 4.68M this month. This represents 3.23% of the 40.56M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.75% (equivalent to 10.03 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 12.24%.

20. Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNCR): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $1.09B. 5 year projected EPS at 24%. Shares shorted increased from 1.71M last month to 2.18M this month. This represents 1.98% of the 23.75M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.66% (equivalent to 7.88 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.39% over the last week.

21. Sapient Corp. (NASDAQ:SAPE): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.93B. 5 year projected EPS at 24%. Shares shorted increased from 4.85M last month to 6.46M this month. This represents 1.57% of the 102.55M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.% (equivalent to 5.57 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.12%.

22. Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $4.75B. 5 year projected EPS at 23.9%. Shares shorted increased from 4.41M last month to 5.52M this month. This represents 2.09% of the 53.15M share float. The stock has gained 179.74% over the last year.

23. Amerigon Inc. (ARGN): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $352.95M. 5 year projected EPS at 23.33%. Shares shorted increased from 2.56M last month to 3.25M this month. This represents 3.25% of the 21.21M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.32% (equivalent to 12.34 days of average volume). The stock has gained 90.75% over the last year.

24. Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $415.71M. 5 year projected EPS at 22.4%. Shares shorted increased from 4.12M last month to 4.61M this month. This represents 1.64% of the 29.79M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 3.29). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.35% over the last week.

25. Coinstar Inc. (CSTR): Business Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.58B. 5 year projected EPS at 22.28%. Shares shorted increased from 11.55M last month to 12.07M this month. This represents 1.9% of the 27.35M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 41.02% (equivalent to 10.96 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.43% over the last week.

*Shorts data sourced from Yahoo Finance, rest of data sourced from Finviz.

Source: Contrarian Ideas: 25 High Growth Stocks With Significant Short Selling