Supply of stocks and demand for stocks can affect the price of a stock. There are traders out there who specialize in trading the stock market on the short side. They like fast and big profits. When stocks fall they can fall fast and fall big. While stock short sellers may help stock buyers in a short squeeze, in a stock treat the stock buyers can see their stocks hammered.

What do these stock short sellers look for? Here are example of things they look for (knowing them can in principle help would be stock buyers not buy these stocks because of the risk from bears among other stock investing risk): They may look for stocks that pass a number of filters(1) shortable stocks, (2) stocks that have a minimum trading volume so that they can get out in case of short squeeze, (3) stocks weak technically such as stocks trading below their 200-day moving average, (4) stocks that are have weak stock fundamentals such as a negative return on stock company assets.

We ran a stock screen through those conditions, and here is what we got when we run it during the stock market session today (October 15, 2010).

Ticker Company Sector Industry
MGM MGM Resorts International Services Resorts & Casinos
SNV Synovus Financial Corp. Financial Regional - Mid-Atlantic Banks
RF Regions Financial Corp. Financial Regional - Southeast Banks
STI SunTrust Banks, Inc. Financial Money Center Banks
FHN First Horizon National Corp. Financial Regional - Southeast Banks
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp Financial Regional - Midwest Banks
ESLR Evergreen Solar Inc. Services Technical Services
CX CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. Industrial Goods Cement
ERTS Electronic Arts Inc. Technology Multimedia & Graphics Software
X United States Steel Corp. Industrial Goods Metal Fabrication
ETFC E*TRADE Financial Corporation Financial Investment Brokerage - National
MI Marshall & Ilsley Corporation Financial Regional - Midwest Banks
BP BP plc Basic Materials Major Integrated Oil & Gas
MAS Masco Corporation Industrial Goods Lumber, Wood Production
RDN Radian Group Inc. Financial Surety & Title Insurance
PHM PulteGroup, Inc. Industrial Goods Residential Construction
AIB Allied Irish Banks plc Financial Foreign Money Center Banks
WY Weyerhaeuser Co. Industrial Goods Lumber, Wood Production
DYN Dynegy Inc. Utilities Electric Utilities
CTIC Cell Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
DAL Delta Air Lines Inc. Services Major Airlines
VLO Valero Energy Corp. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing
ANDS Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
AMR AMR Corporation Services Major Airlines
PHH PHH Corporation Financial Credit Services
RAD Rite Aid Corp. Services Drug Stores
ARNA Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
ZION Zions Bancorp. Financial Regional - Pacific Banks
GNBT Generex Biotechnology Corp. Healthcare Drug Delivery
HTZ Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. Services Rental & Leasing Services
HGSI Human Genome Sciences Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
NXG Northgate Minerals Corp. Basic Materials Gold
PEIX Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Basic Materials Specialty Chemicals
NGBF New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. Basic Materials Specialty Chemicals
DPTR Delta Petroleum Corp. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
RRI RRI Energy, Inc. Utilities Electric Utilities
MEE Massey Energy Co. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals
ALXA Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
MFC Manulife Financial Corporation Financial Life Insurance
RBY Rubicon Minerals Corporation Basic Materials Gold
TIVO TiVo Inc. Services CATV Systems
IBCA Intervest Bancshares Corp. Financial Credit Services
USG USG Corp. Industrial Goods General Building Materials
ENER Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. Technology Semiconductor - Specialized
TOL Toll Brothers Inc. Industrial Goods Residential Construction
IVAN Ivanhoe Energy Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
PLUG Plug Power Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
CMC Commercial Metals Company Basic Materials Steel & Iron
MWA Mueller Water Products, Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Equipment & Components
ELN Elan Corp. plc Healthcare Drug Delivery
CPST Capstone Turbine Corp. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
RZ Raser Technologies, Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
CLWR Clearwire Corporation Technology Wireless Communications
MTW Manitowoc Co. Inc. Industrial Goods Farm & Construction Machinery
AFFX Affymetrix Inc. Technology Scientific & Technical Instruments
NETL NetLogic Microsystems Inc. Technology Semiconductor- Memory Chips
CUZ Cousins Properties Inc. Financial REIT - Diversified
BPAX BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
ATEC Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Healthcare Medical Instruments & Supplies
GRS Gammon Gold, Inc. Basic Materials Gold
ACOR Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
HAFC Hanmi Financial Corp. Financial Regional - Pacific Banks
BGP Borders Group, Inc. Services Catalog & Mail Order Houses
STM STMicroelectronics NV Technology Semiconductor - Broad Line
GAP The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. Services Grocery Stores
TAT TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
RNWK RealNetworks Inc. Technology Internet Software & Services
HOV Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. Industrial Goods Residential Construction
SFI iStar Financial Inc. Financial REIT - Diversified
BIOD Biodel Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
PVTB Privatebancorp Inc. Financial Regional - Midwest Banks
AVNW Aviat Networks, Inc. Technology Communication Equipment
VISN VisionChina Media Inc. Services Advertising Agencies
WGO Winnebago Industries Inc. Consumer Goods Recreational Vehicles
STEM StemCells Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
RYL Ryland Group Inc. Industrial Goods Residential Construction
BQI Oilsands Quest, Inc. Basic Materials Nonmetallic Mineral Mining
PVA Penn Virginia Corp. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
CRIS Curis Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
FCF First Commonwealth Financial Corp. Financial Regional - Northeast Banks
FBR Fibria Celulose SA Consumer Goods Paper & Paper Products
STSA Sterling Financial Corp. Financial Savings & Loans
BLC Belo Corp. Services Broadcasting - TV
THQI THQ Inc. Technology Multimedia & Graphics Software
CAK CAMAC Energy Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
ASBC Associated Banc-Corp Financial Regional - Midwest Banks
UCBI United Community Banks, Inc. Financial Regional - Mid-Atlantic Banks
ZBB ZBB Energy Corporation Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
CBAK China BAK Battery, Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
MNTA Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
GMXR GMX Resources Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
ITMN InterMune Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
COIN Converted Organics Inc. Basic Materials Agricultural Chemicals
WZE Wizzard Software Corporation Technology Application Software
ZRAN Zoran Corporation Technology Semiconductor - Specialized
BKS Barnes & Noble, Inc. Services Specialty Retail, Other
APPY AspenBio Pharma Inc. Healthcare Diagnostic Substances
SPEX Spherix Inc. Healthcare Medical Laboratories & Research
VICL Vical Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
HW Headwaters Inc. Industrial Goods General Building Materials
CYTX Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
SOMX Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
WAL Western Alliance Bancorporation Financial Regional - Pacific Banks
DYAX Dyax Corp. Healthcare Biotechnology
OPWV Openwave Systems Inc. Technology Application Software
GTN Gray Television Inc. Services Broadcasting - TV
CEDC Central European Distribution Corp. Consumer Goods Beverages - Wineries & Distillers
DSTI DayStar Technologies Inc. Technology Semiconductor - Specialized
DSCM Drugstore.com Inc. Services Catalog & Mail Order Houses
FMBI First Midwest Bancorp Inc. Financial Regional - Midwest Banks
BCON Beacon Power Corporation Utilities Electric Utilities
SWS SWS Group Inc. Financial Investment Brokerage - Regional
QTWW Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. Consumer Goods Auto Parts
DEJ Dejour Enterprises, Ltd. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
WCG WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Healthcare Health Care Plans
GDP Goodrich Petroleum Corp. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
AAV Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
AUXL Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Drug Related Products
MLNK ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. Technology Internet Software & Services
IN Intermec, Inc. Technology Computer Peripherals
IRDM Iridium Communications Inc. Technology Communication Equipment
BCRX BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
KRY Crystallex International Corp. Basic Materials Gold
MELA MELA Sciences, Inc. Healthcare Medical Instruments & Supplies
CYTK Cytokinetics Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
CLFC Center Financial Corporation Financial Savings & Loans
CSA Cogdell Spencer Inc. Financial REIT - Healthcare Facilities
SYNM Syntroleum Corp. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing
CYCC Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
HNSN Hansen Medical, Inc. Healthcare Medical Appliances & Equipment
MDVN Medivation, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
RTEC Rudolph Technologies Inc. Technology Scientific & Technical Instruments
GNVC GenVec, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
BEBE Bebe Stores, Inc. Services Apparel Stores
CRK Comstock Resources Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
UQM UQM Technologies Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
PRWT Premierwest Bancorp Financial Regional - Pacific Banks
BBND BigBand Networks, Inc. Technology Communication Equipment
PNFP Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. Financial Regional - Southeast Banks
DRL Doral Financial Corp. Financial Mortgage Investment
COMV Comverge, Inc. Technology Scientific & Technical Instruments
CLSN Celsion Corp. Healthcare Medical Appliances & Equipment
IBNK Integra Bank Corporation Financial Regional - Midwest Banks
WMG Warner Music Group Corp. Services Entertainment - Diversified
AUTH AuthenTec, Inc. Technology Semiconductor - Specialized
ABFS Arkansas Best Corporation Services Trucking
ENZ Enzo Biochem Inc. Healthcare Medical Laboratories & Research
RGN Regenerx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
HPY Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. Services Business Services
LAB LaBranche & Co. Inc. Financial Investment Brokerage - Regional
STXS Stereotaxis Inc. Healthcare Medical Appliances & Equipment
OSUR OraSure Technologies Inc. Healthcare Medical Instruments & Supplies
CMED China Medical Technologies Inc. Healthcare Medical Instruments & Supplies
NARA Nara Bancorp Inc. Financial Regional - Pacific Banks
OCNF OceanFreight, Inc. Services Shipping
JTX Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. Services Personal Services
ALVR Alvarion Ltd. Technology Wireless Communications
PRGN Paragon Shipping Inc. Services Shipping
USEG US Energy Corp. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals
XING Qiao Xing Universal Resources, Inc. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals

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