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Over 1,100 companies are reporting their third-quarter earnings next week – do you have a watch list prepared?

For ideas, we ran a screen on next week’s reporting companies from the tech sector that have been seeing bullish sentiment from short sellers, with significant decreases in shares shorted month-over-month.

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.

Do you think these companies will report strong earnings? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by decrease in shares shorted.

1. Changyou.com Limited (CYOU): Develops and operates online games in the People's Republic of China. Market cap of $1.51B. Earnings to be released on 10/31. Shares shorted have decreased from 2.23M to 1.29M month-over-month, a change representing 9.37% of the company's 10.03M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 22.46% (equivalent to 5.5 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.11% over the last week.

2. Affymetrix Inc. (AFFX): Engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and servicing of consumables and systems for genetic analysis in the life sciences and clinical healthcare markets. Market cap of $403.22M. Earnings to be released on 11/02. Shares shorted have decreased from 8.76M to 5.99M month-over-month, a change representing 4.79% of the company's 57.87M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.04). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.59% (equivalent to 5.99 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 17.42% over the last week.

3. AsiaInfo-Linkage,Inc. (ASIA): Provides telecommunications software solutions and information technology (IT) products and services to telecommunications carriers and other enterprises in the People's Republic of China. Market cap of $798.42M. Earnings to be released on 10/31. Shares shorted have decreased from 11.90M to 11.00M month-over-month, a change representing 2.06% of the company's 43.62M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 25.68% (equivalent to 10.21 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.83% over the last week.

4. Merge Healthcare Incorporated. (MRGE): Provides health information technology interoperability solutions. Market cap of $582.73M. Earnings to be released on 11/01. Shares shorted have decreased from 4.23M to 3.83M month-over-month, a change representing 1.90% of the company's 21.00M share float. The stock has gained 96.97% over the last year.

5. Loral Space & Communications, Inc. (LORL): Operates as a satellite communications company. Market cap of $1.87B. Earnings to be released on 10/31. Shares shorted have decreased from 663.14K to 621.38K month-over-month, a change representing 1.49% of the company's 2.80M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.94% over the last week.

6. AOL, Inc. (AOL): Operates as a Web services company that offers a suite of brands and offerings for the worldwide audience. Market cap of $1.57B. Earnings to be released on 11/02. Shares shorted have decreased from 16.42M to 14.91M month-over-month, a change representing 1.44% of the company's 105.22M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.58% (equivalent to 5.43 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 22.61%.

7. Windstream Corporation (WIN): Provides communications and technology solutions in the United States. Market cap of $6.24B. Earnings to be released on 11/04. Shares shorted have decreased from 39.73M to 33.94M month-over-month, a change representing 1.15% of the company's 505.16M share float. The stock has gained 5.43% over the last year.

8. Move, Inc. (MOVE): Operates an online network of Web sites for real estate search, finance, and moving and home enthusiasts in North America. Market cap of $302.68M. Earnings to be released on 11/03. Shares shorted have decreased from 7.93M to 6.59M month-over-month, a change representing 1.13% of the company's 118.18M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.83% over the last week.

9. MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR): Engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry worldwide. Market cap of $1.55B. Earnings to be released on 11/03. Shares shorted have decreased from 21.91M to 19.49M month-over-month, a change representing 1.05% of the company's 229.51M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 18.49% over the last week.

10. Plantronics, Inc. (PLT): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of lightweight communications headsets, telephone headset systems, and accessories for the business and consumer markets under the Plantronics brand name worldwide. Market cap of $1.59B. Earnings to be released on 11/01. Shares shorted have decreased from 4.92M to 4.45M month-over-month, a change representing 1.02% of the company's 46.27M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.63% (equivalent to 8.77 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.15% over the last week.

*Shares shorted data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 10 Tech Stocks With Bullish Short Trends Reporting Earnings Next Week