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  • 15 Short Squeeze Candidates Seeing Unusual Options Activity
    The following is a list of heavily shorted stocks that have seen unusually high trading volume during today's trading session.

    Options data sourced from OptioNetics, short ratio data sourced from Finviz.



    1. Echelon Corporation (ELON): Networking & Communication Devices Industry. Market cap of $352M. Today's option volume at 433 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 128 contracts. Short float at 10.98%, which implies a short ratio of 17.02 days. The stock has lost -25.94% over the last year.

    2. Jefferies Group Inc. (JEF): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $4,047B. Today's option volume at 988 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 460 contracts. Short float at 11.63%, which implies a short ratio of 16.84 days. The stock has lost -1.17% over the last year.

    3. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL): Housewares & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $4,497B. Today's option volume at 6,336 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 507 contracts. Short float at 16.7%, which implies a short ratio of 10.99 days. The stock has gained 13.72% over the last year.

    4. Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SVNT): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $975M. Today's option volume at 8,071 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 5,252 contracts. Short float at 11.59%, which implies a short ratio of 10.73 days. The stock has gained .14% over the last year.

    5. Silicon Laboratories, Inc. (SLAB): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1,590B. Today's option volume at 5,962 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 2,456 contracts. Short float at 17.77%, which implies a short ratio of 10.25 days. The stock has lost -27.04% over the last year.

    6. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $4,431B. Today's option volume at 15,860 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 9,699 contracts. Short float at 21.73%, which implies a short ratio of 9.72 days. The stock has gained 69.68% over the last year.

    7. China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTC:CHNG): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $136M. Today's option volume at 392 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 196 contracts. Short float at 12.76%, which implies a short ratio of 9.08 days. The stock has lost -42.01% over the last year.

    8. SuperGen Inc. (SUPG): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $124M. Today's option volume at 483 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 119 contracts. Short float at 5.69%, which implies a short ratio of 8.94 days. The stock has lost -28.22% over the last year.

    9. Titan Machinery, Inc. (TITN): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $271M. Today's option volume at 457 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 191 contracts. Short float at 10.82%, which implies a short ratio of 8.7 days. The stock has gained 20.89% over the last year.

    10. Focus Media Holding Ltd. (FMCN): Advertising Agencies Industry. Market cap of $2,817B. Today's option volume at 3,508 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 2,316 contracts. Short float at 8.2%, which implies a short ratio of 7.97 days. The stock has gained 101.87% over the last year.

    11. China Sky One Medical, Inc. (OTCPK:CSKI): Drug Related Products Industry. Market cap of $115M. Today's option volume at 327 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 102 contracts. Short float at 13.51%, which implies a short ratio of 7.81 days. The stock has lost -48.67% over the last year.

    12. RPC Inc. (RES): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $1,753B. Today's option volume at 392 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 229 contracts. Short float at 13.68%, which implies a short ratio of 7.73 days. The stock has gained 95.05% over the last year.

    13. VirnetX Holding Corp (VHC): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $470M. Today's option volume at 2,489 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 1,121 contracts. Short float at 13.23%, which implies a short ratio of 7.66 days. The stock has gained 230.33% over the last year.

    14. Hi Tech Pharmacal Co. Inc. (HITK): Generic Drugs Industry. Market cap of $244M. Today's option volume at 556 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 143 contracts. Short float at 16.98%, which implies a short ratio of 7.49 days. The stock has gained 12.28% over the last year.

    15. Meredith Corp. (MDP): Publishing Industry. Market cap of $1,422B. Today's option volume at 140 contracts vs. average daily options volume at 65 contracts. Short float at 9.43%, which implies a short ratio of 7.45 days. The stock has gained 22.31% over the last year.


    Disclosure: No positions
    Sep 08 7:32 PM | Link | Comment!
  • 10 Heavily Shorted Takeover Targets
    The following is a list of 10 takeover targets with significant short interest. To develop the list, we started by creating a universe of about 80 stocks that have been labeled as takeover targets by various publications, including Barrions, Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch, TheStreet.com and StreetInsider.

    We then collected data on short positions for this universe of takeover targets. The stocks mentioned here have the highest short float percentages in this universe of takeover targets. The complete universe that we used for the screen can be accessed here.

    Will a short squeeze help these stocks if takeover rumors start surfacing? Or is this significant short interest an indication of a low takeover probability?

    Short float data sourced from Finviz. More details below.



    1. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $868.09M. Short float at 42.77%, which implies a short ratio of 11.83 days. The stock has lost -20.98% over the last year.

    2. Athenahealth, Inc. (ATHN): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $951.14M. Short float at 35.63%, which implies a short ratio of 14.38 days. The stock has lost -30.32% over the last year.

    3. Intrepid Potash, Inc. (IPI): Nonmetallic Mineral Mining Industry. Market cap of 1,731B. Short float at 24.26%, which implies a short ratio of 9.47 days. The stock has lost -7.32% over the last year.

    4. United States Steel Corp. (X): Metal Fabrication Industry. Market cap of 6,275B. Short float at 19.22%, which implies a short ratio of 2.06 days. The stock has gained 1.06% over the last year.

    5. Regis Corp. (RGS): Personal Services Industry. Market cap of $974.59M. Short float at 15.31%, which implies a short ratio of 11.57 days. The stock has gained 2.41% over the last year.

    6. Websense, Inc. (WBSN): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $850.9M. Short float at 12.68%, which implies a short ratio of 9.49 days. The stock has gained 28.38% over the last year.

    7. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (CBOE): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of 2,131B. Short float at 12.67%, which implies a short ratio of 1.51 days.

    8. Sourcefire, Inc. (FIRE): Security Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $747.04M. Short float at 12.08%, which implies a short ratio of 5.8 days. The stock has gained 39.17% over the last year.

    9. SuccessFactors, Inc. (SFSF): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of 1,588B. Short float at 11.88%, which implies a short ratio of 11.02 days. The stock has gained 79.42% over the last year.

    10. Jos. A Bank Clothiers Inc. (JOSB): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of 1,049B. Short float at 11.52%, which implies a short ratio of 7.43 days. The stock has gained 31.37% over the last year.


    Disclosure: No positions
    Tags: BKS, ATHN, IPI, X, RGS, WBSN, CBOE, FIRE, SFSF, JOSB
    Aug 30 10:36 AM | Link | Comment!
  • 6 Stocks In An Uptrend With Conservative Accounting Practices
    This is a follow-up to a previous article we wrote, discussing various screens around the ratings developed by forensic accounting firm Audit Integrity.

    Audit Integrity was founded in 2002 to develop risk management tools based on a statistical analysis of corporate integrity. The Accounting and Governance Risk (AGR) rating is a forensic measure of the transparency and reliability of a corporation’s financial reporting and governance practices. The focus of AGR analysis is on identifying the measures most highly associated with fraud, and quantifying those risks for interested stakeholders in relation to company.

    All the companies in this list have high AGR scores, i.e. more conservative accounting practices than most other firms. In addition, all of these companies are in an uptrend, i.e. trading above their 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Full details below.



    1. Edison International (EIX): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $11.06B. The stock's AGR score is Conservative (92), meaning that its accounting practices are more risky than 8% of companies. Audit Integrity is most concerned with the trends in the company's Cost of Goods Sold/Revenue ratio. The stock is currently 0.64% above its 20-day SMA, 2.36% above its 50-day SMA and 2.05% above its 200-day SMA.

    2. Salesforce.com (CRM): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $14.58B. The stock's AGR score is Conservative (91), meaning that its accounting practices are more risky than 9% of companies. Audit Integrity is most concerned with the company's classification of "other" expenses. The stock is currently 12.19% above its 20-day SMA, 17.99% above its 50-day SMA and 42.5% above its 200-day SMA.

    3. Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (PNW): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $4.34B. The stock's AGR score is Conservative (87), meaning that its accounting practices are more risky than 13% of companies. Audit Integrity is most concerned with the company's Asset Turnover ratios. The stock is currently 1.72% above its 20-day SMA, 5.45% above its 50-day SMA and 10.84% above its 200-day SMA.

    4. Progress Energy Inc. (PGN): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.54B. The stock's AGR score is Conservative (86), meaning that its accounting practices are more risky than 14% of companies. Audit Integrity is most concerned with trends in the company's Goodwill/Total Assets ratio. The stock is currently 0.64% above its 20-day SMA, 4.58% above its 50-day SMA and 10.32% above its 200-day SMA.

    5. Northeast Utilities (NU): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $5.07B. The stock's AGR score is Average (83), meaning that its accounting practices are more risky than 17% of companies. Audit Integrity is most concerned with the company's Pension Liability Discount Rate assumptions. The stock is currently 0.27% above its 20-day SMA, 4.73% above its 50-day SMA and 10.25% above its 200-day SMA.

    6. The Chubb Corporation (CB): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $16.86B. The stock's AGR score is Average (80), meaning that its accounting practices are more risky than 20% of companies. Audit Integrity is most concerned with the company's Deferred Income Tax Assets /Operating Expense ratio. The stock is currently 0.59% above its 20-day SMA, 2.43% above its 50-day SMA and 6.3% above its 200-day SMA.


    Disclosure: No positions
    Tags: EIX, CRM, PNW, DUK, NU, CB
    Aug 24 9:26 PM | Link | Comment!
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