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Do you prefer investing in stocks that have strongly positive sentiment? We ran a screen with this idea in mind.

We began by screening the small-cap sector for stocks that have outperformed the market over the last quarter, with over 20% quarterly return.

Then we screened for those with bullish sentiment from short sellers, with significant decreases in shares shorted month-over-month. This indicates that short sellers are less bearish on these names than they were a month ago.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

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Do you think these stocks are poised to move higher? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

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1. Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (FSIN): Develops, designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes bimetallic wire products, principally copper-clad aluminum (CCA) and copper-clad steel (CCS). Market cap at $338.19M, most recent closing price at $8.83. Performance over the last quarter at 29.72%. Shares shorted have decreased from 4.35M to 3.56M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 3.39% of the company's float of 23.32M shares. Days to cover ratio at 7.9 days.

2. Harbinger Group Inc. (HRG): Operates as the holding company that focuses on acquiring interests in companies that operate in diverse range of industries. Market cap at $1.42B, most recent closing price at $10.10. Performance over the last quarter at 111.02%. Shares shorted have decreased from 1.89M to 1.57M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 3.34% of the company's float of 9.59M shares. Days to cover ratio at 6.35 days.

3. KB Home (KBH): Operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. Market cap at $734.18M, most recent closing price at $9.52. Performance over the last quarter at 22.10%. Shares shorted have decreased from 31.77M to 30.47M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.98% of the company's float of 65.67M shares. Days to cover ratio at 5.22 days.

4. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): Engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Market cap at $1.57B, most recent closing price at $11.42. Performance over the last quarter at 23.79%. Shares shorted have decreased from 24.73M to 22.04M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.98% of the company's float of 135.93M shares. Days to cover ratio at 5.95 days.

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

Source: 4 Outperforming Small-Caps With Bullish Short Trends