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If you're looking for micro-cap short ideas, the following list might offer an interesting starting point.

To create this list, we started with a universe of about 200 stocks with market caps between $100M-300M. We then collected data on short trades, and identified the 16 names that have seen the most significant short increase over the last month, as measured relative to the company's total float.

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.

Short sellers seem to think these companies are in deep trouble. Do you agree? Or are these names more likely short squeeze candidates?

List sorted by trading volume.

1. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV): Engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses in the United States. Market cap of $110.95M. Shares shorted have increased from 14.74M to 18.36M over the last month, an increase which represents about 5.31% of the company's float of 68.23M shares.

2. American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC): Provides wind turbine designs and electrical control systems primarily in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Market cap of $195.85M. Shares shorted have increased from 8.66M to 9.19M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.39% of the company's float of 38.11M shares.

3. Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SVNT): Focuses on developing KRYSTEXXA, a biologic PEGylated uricase in the United States. Market cap of $253.47M. Shares shorted have increased from 24.19M to 26.00M over the last month, an increase which represents about 3.27% of the company's float of 55.38M shares.

4. GMX Resources Inc. (GMXR): Operates as an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company primarily in the United States. Market cap of $141.52M. Shares shorted have increased from 7.57M to 9.33M over the last month, an increase which represents about 3.34% of the company's float of 52.69M shares.

5. Penn Virginia Corp. (PVA): Engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in various domestic onshore regions of the United States, including Texas, Appalachia, the Mid-Continent, and Mississippi. Market cap of $258.66M. Shares shorted have increased from 9.23M to 10.09M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.9% of the company's float of 45.27M shares.

6. RAIT Financial Trust (RAS): Operates as a self-managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). Market cap of $156.79M. Shares shorted have increased from 3.78M to 4.49M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.9% of the company's float of 37.37M shares.

7. Cumulus Media Inc. (CMLS): Engages in the acquisition, operation, and development of commercial radio stations in the United States. Market cap of $122.31M. Shares shorted have increased from 9.30M to 10.65M over the last month, an increase which represents about 3.24% of the company's float of 41.71M shares.

8. Flamel Technologies SA (FLML): Engages in the development and commercialization of controlled-release therapeutic products based on its proprietary polymer based technology in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, France, and Europe. Market cap of $115.12M. Shares shorted have increased from 258.57K to 409.58K over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.42% of the company's float of 10.65M shares.

9. Vista Gold Corp. (VGZ): Engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects in Australia, North America, and Indonesia. Market cap of $224.22M. Shares shorted have increased from 4.34M to 5.42M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.73% of the company's float of 62.39M shares.

10. Sequans Communications S.A. Ame (SQNS): Designs, develops, and supplies 4G semiconductor solutions for wireless broadband applications. Market cap of $187.79M. Shares shorted have increased from 175.42K to 874.40K over the last month, an increase which represents about 7.88% of the company's float of 8.87M shares.

11. Accuride Corp. (ACW): Engages in the manufacture and supply of components to the commercial vehicle industry in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Market cap of $266.24M. Shares shorted have increased from 2.10M to 2.53M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.44% of the company's float of 29.77M shares.

12. Zale Corporation (ZLC): Operates as a specialty retailer of fine jewelry in North America. Market cap of $119.31M. Shares shorted have increased from 3.63M to 3.91M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.07% of the company's float of 26.07M shares.

13. Medifast Inc. (MED): Engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. Market cap of $259.71M. Shares shorted have increased from 3.89M to 4.02M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.1% of the company's float of 11.85M shares.

14. Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp. (RPTP): Operates as a biotechnology company in the United States. Market cap of $158.82M. Shares shorted have increased from 2.40M to 2.84M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.32% of the company's float of 33.22M shares.

15. Callidus Software Inc. (CALD): Provides sales performance management (SPM) software and services. Market cap of $163.69M. Shares shorted have increased from 2.86M to 3.17M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.19% of the company's float of 26.16M shares.

16. Golden Minerals Company (AUMN): Engages in the exploration and development of precious metals and other mineral properties in Mexico and South America. Market cap of $289.41M. Shares shorted have increased from 1.83M to 1.99M over the last month, an increase which represents about 1.6% of the company's float of 10.03M shares.

*Shorts data sourced from Yahoo! Finance

Source: 16 Micro-Cap Stocks Being Targeted By Short Sellers