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Next week approximately 800 companies are reporting their third-quarter earnings – do you have a watch list prepared?

For ideas, we ran a screen on next week’s reporting companies for those with bearish increases 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 stocks could surprise short sellers and report strong earnings? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in shares shorted as a percent of share float.

1. Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIWA): Engages in the production of copper replacement cable and wire products in the People's Republic of China. Market cap of $142.34M. Earnings to be announced on 11/10. Shares shorted have increased from 2.63M to 2.65M month-over-month, a change representing 8.55% of the company's 233.98K share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 16.8% (equivalent to 14.6 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 19.4%.

2. BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:BSFT): Provides software that enables fixed-line, mobile, and cable service providers to deliver voice and multimedia services over Internet protocol (IP) based networks. Market cap of $957.99M. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 5.80M to 7.70M month-over-month, a change representing 7.66% of the company's 24.82M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 29.8% (equivalent to 9.6 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 13.68%.

3. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW): Provides weight management services worldwide. Market cap of $5.29B. Earnings to be announced on 11/08. Shares shorted have increased from 4.71M to 7.23M month-over-month, a change representing 7.18% of the company's 35.09M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 20.52% (equivalent to 6.43 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 9.11% above its SMA20, 20.03% above its SMA50, and 13.38% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 25.9%.

4. LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE:LDK): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of photovoltaic (PV) products; and development of power plant projects. Market cap of $567.67M. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 27.62M to 31.68M month-over-month, a change representing 5.96% of the company's 68.09M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.83). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 21.26% (equivalent to 9.1 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 14.85% over the last week.

5. 99 (NYSE:NDN): Engages in the retail sale of consumable general merchandise with focus on name-brand products. Market cap of $1.53B. Earnings to be announced on 11/09. Shares shorted have increased from 4.29M to 5.93M month-over-month, a change representing 3.76% of the company's 43.65M share float. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.47), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock has had a good month, gaining 17.15%.

6. James River Coal Co. (JRCC): Engages in mining, processing, and selling bituminous, steam, and industrial grade coal in eastern Kentucky and in southern Indiana. Market cap of $353.86M. Earnings to be announced on 11/08. Shares shorted have increased from 8.96M to 9.96M month-over-month, a change representing 3.51% of the company's 28.52M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.2). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 28.11% (equivalent to 5.03 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.63% over the last week.

7. China Kanghui Holdings (NYSE:KH): Develops, manufactures, and markets orthopedic implants and associated instruments. Market cap of $371.26M. Earnings to be announced on 11/09. Shares shorted have increased from 1.91M to 2.21M month-over-month, a change representing 3.11% of the company's 9.64M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.95% (equivalent to 25.4 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 9.27% below its SMA20, 14.81% below its SMA50, and 17.53% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 13.07% over the last week.

8. ATP Oil & Gas Corp. (ATPG): Engages in the acquisition, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Dutch sectors of the North Sea. Market cap of $531.17M. Earnings to be announced on 11/08. Shares shorted have increased from 18.40M to 19.26M month-over-month, a change representing 2.25% of the company's 38.17M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.89). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 43.05% (equivalent to 8.55 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 56.38%.

9. E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. (NYSE:DANG): Operates as a business-to-consumer e-commerce company in the People's Republic of China. Market cap of $515.80M. Earnings to be announced on 11/11. Shares shorted have increased from 8.71M to 9.37M month-over-month, a change representing 2.05% of the company's 32.13M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 13.62% over the last week.

10. Rubicon Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN): Develops, manufactures, and sells monocrystalline sapphire and other crystalline products for light-emitting diodes (LED), radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), blue laser diodes, optoelectronics, and other optical applications. Market cap of $228.56M. Earnings to be announced on 11/08. Shares shorted have increased from 5.28M to 5.61M month-over-month, a change representing 1.88% of the company's 17.53M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 24.5% (equivalent to 10.89 days of average volume). The stock has lost 59.33% over the last year.

11. Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS): Engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas resources primarily in the Williston Basin. Market cap of $2.74B. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 8.16M to 8.70M month-over-month, a change representing 1.72% of the company's 31.40M share float. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 8.43% over the last week. The stock has had a good month, gaining 41.93%.

12. Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX): Operates in the hosting and cloud computing industry. Market cap of $5.26B. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 9.03M to 10.74M month-over-month, a change representing 1.63% of the company's 104.82M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.28% (equivalent to 6.2 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 21.8%.

13. Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ:DIOD): Makes and distributes standard semiconductor products to manufacturers in the consumer electronic, computer, communications, industrial, and automotive markets. Market cap of $1.0B. Earnings to be announced on 11/08. Shares shorted have increased from 2.57M to 3.13M month-over-month, a change representing 1.60% of the company's 34.90M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.1). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.75% (equivalent to 6.8 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 21.33%.

14. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR): Engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Market cap of $9.44B. Earnings to be announced on 11/09. Shares shorted have increased from 15.18M to 17.07M month-over-month, a change representing 1.57% of the company's 120.02M share float. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 14.58% below its SMA20, 28.91% below its SMA50, and 13.37% below its SMA200. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 31.71%.

15. DG FastChannel, Inc. (NASDAQ:DGIT): Provides digital technology services that enable the electronic delivery of advertisements, syndicated programs, and video news releases to traditional broadcasters, online publishers, and other media outlets. Market cap of $515.17M. Earnings to be announced on 11/09. Shares shorted have increased from 3.20M to 3.55M month-over-month, a change representing 1.48% of the company's 23.66M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 14.01% (equivalent to 7.61 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.44%.

16. Fossil, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL): Designs, develops, markets, and distributes fashion accessories worldwide. Market cap of $6.38B. Earnings to be announced on 11/08. Shares shorted have increased from 2.08M to 2.84M month-over-month, a change representing 1.43% of the company's 53.07M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 24.67%.

17. Fabrinet (NYSE:FN): Provides precision optical, electro-mechanical, and electronic manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of complex products, such as optical communication components, modules and sub-systems, industrial lasers, and sensors. Market cap of $463.27M. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 1.48M to 1.79M month-over-month, a change representing 1.43% of the company's 21.67M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.28% (equivalent to 6.83 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 27.92%.

18. Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR): Engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and disposition of oil and natural gas properties. Market cap of $353.59M. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 8.10M to 8.46M month-over-month, a change representing 1.40% of the company's 25.67M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 26.09% (equivalent to 11.92 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.33% over the last week.

19. Dillard's Inc. (NYSE:DDS): Operates as an apparel and home furnishing retailer in the United States. Market cap of $2.70B. Earnings to be announced on 11/11. Shares shorted have increased from 6.58M to 7.00M month-over-month, a change representing 1.39% of the company's 30.16M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.43). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 24.03% (equivalent to 5.53 days of average volume). Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 7.33% above its SMA20, 12.81% above its SMA50, and 12.9% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 22.28%.

20. Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd (NASDAQ:HSOL): Provides various energy solutions including silicon ingots, wafers, monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar cells, and solar modules. Market cap of $176.29M. Earnings to be announced on 11/07. Shares shorted have increased from 2.33M to 2.63M month-over-month, a change representing 1.35% of the company's 22.22M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.4). The stock has lost 80.08% over the last year.

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

Source: 20 Companies With Bearish Short Trends Reporting Earnings Next Week