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Do you consider yourself a contrarian investor, always looking for opportunities against market trends? For ideas on how to start your own contrarian search, we ran a screen.

We began by screening the financial sector for stocks with bearish sentiment, with float shorts above 10%.

Then we screened for those stocks that may also be undervalued, by comparing price trends to changes in EPS estimates over the last month.

Based on the assumption that P/E is equal to a constant k, increases in EPS should be matched by increases in price. When they don't match up, a mispricing may have occurred.

We screened for stocks with faster growth in EPS estimates than price over the last month, which may indicate that these names are being undervalued.

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Do you think the market has excessive bearishness on these names? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in EPS estimate over the last month.

1. PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH): Provides mortgage and fleet management outsourcing services in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $905.83M, most recent closing price at $15.99. Float short at 20.62%. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 1.85 to 2.28 over the last 30 days, an increase of 23.24%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by -4.71% (from 16.78 to 15.99 over the last 30 days).

2. Southside Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:SBSI): Operates as the holding company for Southside Bank that provides financial products and services to individuals, businesses, municipal entities, and non-profit organizations. Market cap at $351.83M, most recent closing price at $20.29. Float short at 10.27%. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 1.91 to 2.07 over the last 30 days, an increase of 8.38%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by 1.81% (from 19.93 to 20.29 over the last 30 days).

3. Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY): Operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. Market cap at $517.21M, most recent closing price at $15.49. Float short at 14.10%. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 1.15 to 1.23 over the last 30 days, an increase of 6.96%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by -1.27% (from 15.69 to 15.49 over the last 30 days).

4. GrupoFinanciero Galicia S.A. (NASDAQ:GGAL): Operates as the holding company for Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires S. Market cap at $558.63M, most recent closing price at $4.50. Float short at 10.13%. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 1.93 to 2.05 over the last 30 days, an increase of 6.22%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by -14.45% (from 5.26 to 4.5 over the last 30 days).

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

Source: 4 Highly Shorted Financials Undervalued By EPS Trends