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Do you consider yourself a contrarian investor? For ideas on how to start your own contrarian search, we ran a screen.

We began by screening the small-cap sector for stocks with bearish market sentiment, with float shorts above 10%.

We then screened these names for those with the confidence of their company insiders, such as members of the board and upper management, with significant net insider purchases over the last six months representing at least 2% of share float. Since most companies only have a handful of company insiders, net insider purchases representing 2% of share float is a big show of confidence in their employer's prospects.

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Do you think these stocks have excessive market pessimism? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by net insider purchases over the last six months as a percent of share float.

1. Texas Industries Inc. (NYSE:TXI): Engages in the production and supply of heavy construction materials in the United States. Market cap at $912.43M, most recent closing price at $32.61. Float short at 20.90%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,447,670 shares, which represents about 11.46% of the company's 12.63M share float.

2. Wright Medical Group Inc. (NASDAQ:WMGI): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of devices and biologic products for the extremity, hip, and knee repair and reconstruction. Market cap at $795.63M, most recent closing price at $20.24. Float short at 13.11%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,649,234 shares, which represents about 5.59% of the company's 29.49M share float.

3. ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP): Focuses on the development and commercialization of in-licensed cancer drugs in North America. Market cap at $427.82M, most recent closing price at $5.38. Float short at 14.41%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,923,080 shares, which represents about 3.55% of the company's 54.14M share float.

4. Sunrise Senior Living Inc. (SRZ): Provides senior living services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Market cap at $374.16M, most recent closing price at $6.43. Float short at 12.21%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,382,150 shares, which represents about 3.44% of the company's 40.15M share float.

5. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSYS): Engages in the design, manufacture, and supply of alternative fuel components and systems for use in the transportation, industrial, and power generation markets primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America. Market cap at $338.34M, most recent closing price at $16.90. Float short at 10.95%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 375,940 shares, which represents about 2.63% of the company's 14.30M share float.

6. Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END): Engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. Market cap at $372.08M, most recent closing price at $9.82. Float short at 19.64%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 544,339 shares, which represents about 2.33% of the company's 23.32M share float.

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

Source: 6 Highly Shorted Small-Caps Being Bought Up By Insiders