What do stock short sellers look for? Here are example of things they look for (knowing them can in principle help would-be stock buyers to avoid these stocks because of the risk from bears among other stock investing risks): 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.

When stocks fall they can fall fast and fall big. 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. While stock short sellers may help stock buyers in a short squeeze, in a stock treat the stock buyers can see their stocks hammered.


Below is a list of stocks that passed the above four conditions using a stock screener(October 18, 2010).



Ticker Company Sector Industry

CX CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. Industrial Goods Cement
LVLT Level 3 Communications Inc. Technology Diversified Communication Services
WY Weyerhaeuser Co. Industrial Goods Lumber, Wood Production
ERTS Electronic Arts Inc. Technology Multimedia & Graphics Software
MAS Masco Corporation Industrial Goods Lumber, Wood Production
ARNA Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
QTWW Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. Consumer Goods Auto Parts
GNBT Generex Biotechnology Corp. Healthcare Drug Delivery
PEIX Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Basic Materials Specialty Chemicals
SOMX Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
NWD New Dragon Asia Corp. Consumer Goods Processed & Packaged Goods
GMR General Maritime Corp. Services Shipping
DSCO Discovery Laboratories Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
VVUS VIVUS Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
MWA Mueller Water Products, Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Equipment & Components
NGBF New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. Basic Materials Specialty Chemicals
CTIC Cell Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
MIPI Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
TOL Toll Brothers Inc. Industrial Goods Residential Construction
HGSI Human Genome Sciences Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
NUAN Nuance Communications, Inc. Technology Application Software
NXG Northgate Minerals Corp. Basic Materials Gold
HERO Hercules Offshore, Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
FBR Fibria Celulose SA Consumer Goods Paper & Paper Products
IVAN Ivanhoe Energy Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
MTW Manitowoc Co. Inc. Industrial Goods Farm & Construction Machinery
CFW Cano Petroleum, Inc. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
BIOD Biodel Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
IMGN Immunogen Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
KRY Crystallex International Corp. Basic Materials Gold
TIVO TiVo Inc. Services CATV Systems
NETL NetLogic Microsystems Inc. Technology Semiconductor- Memory Chips
BQI Oilsands Quest, Inc. Basic Materials Nonmetallic Mineral Mining
LEAP Leap Wireless International Inc. Technology Wireless Communications
USG USG Corp. Industrial Goods General Building Materials
HEK Heckmann Corporation Financial Diversified Investments
BGP Borders Group, Inc. Services Catalog & Mail Order Houses
JAG Jaguar Mining Inc. Basic Materials Gold
GRS Gammon Gold, Inc. Basic Materials Gold
VMC Vulcan Materials Company Industrial Goods General Building Materials
CPST Capstone Turbine Corp. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
FORM FormFactor Inc. Technology Semiconductor - Broad Line
ACOR Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
FBC Flagstar Bancorp Inc. Financial Savings & Loans
HOV Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. Industrial Goods Residential Construction
AUXL Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Drug Related Products
GU Gushan Environmental Energy Limited Basic Materials Specialty Chemicals
PLM Polymet Mining Corp. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals
CLNE Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Utilities Gas Utilities
PLUG Plug Power Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
GIGM GigaMedia Ltd. Technology Multimedia & Graphics Software
AMCC Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Technology Semiconductor - Integrated Circuits
KEP Korea Electric Power Corp. Utilities Electric Utilities
ALVR Alvarion Ltd. Technology Wireless Communications
BKD Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Healthcare Long-Term Care Facilities
UCBI United Community Banks, Inc. Financial Regional - Mid-Atlantic Banks
QBC Cubic Energy Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
ANDS Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
STSA Sterling Financial Corp. Financial Savings & Loans
CLGX CoreLogic, Inc. Financial Surety & Title Insurance
BLC Belo Corp. Services Broadcasting - TV
TXIC Tongxin International, Ltd. Consumer Goods Auto Parts
ABTL Autobytel Inc. Technology Internet Information Providers
CAK CAMAC Energy Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
ONTY Oncothyreon Inc Healthcare Biotechnology
LNG Cheniere Energy, Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
SPEX Spherix Inc. Healthcare Medical Laboratories & Research
APPY AspenBio Pharma Inc. Healthcare Diagnostic Substances
XING Qiao Xing Universal Resources, Inc. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals
EEE Evergreen Energy, Inc. Utilities Electric Utilities
AUTH AuthenTec, Inc. Technology Semiconductor - Specialized
GDP Goodrich Petroleum Corp. Basic Materials Independent Oil & Gas
SMBL Smart Balance, Inc Consumer Goods Processed & Packaged Goods
SWS SWS Group Inc. Financial Investment Brokerage - Regional
CYCC Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
AAV Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
ULGX Urologix, Inc. Healthcare Medical Appliances & Equipment
FBN Furniture Brands International Inc. Consumer Goods Home Furnishings & Fixtures
XRA Exeter Resource Corporation Basic Materials Gold
STXS Stereotaxis Inc. Healthcare Medical Appliances & Equipment
GMTC GameTech International Inc. Consumer Goods Toys & Games
PRGN Paragon Shipping Inc. Services Shipping
DSCM Drugstore.com Inc. Services Catalog & Mail Order Houses
EXAR Exar Corp. Technology Semiconductor - Integrated Circuits
TREX Trex Co. Inc. Industrial Goods Lumber, Wood Production
GSI General Steel Holdings, Inc. Basic Materials Steel & Iron
INAP Internap Network Services Corp. Technology Internet Software & Services
HLCS Helicos BioSciences Corporation Healthcare Drugs - Generic
ANPI Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
ZZ Sealy Corporation Consumer Goods Home Furnishings & Fixtures
TSEM Tower Semiconductor Ltd. Technology Semiconductor - Integrated Circuits
EMMS Emmis Communications Corp. Services Broadcasting - Radio
ALNY Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
IN Intermec, Inc. Technology Computer Peripherals
GRO Agria Corporation Consumer Goods Farm Products
BLDP Ballard Power Systems Inc. Industrial Goods Industrial Electrical Equipment
CAEI China Architectural Engineering, Inc. Industrial Goods General Contractors
RDNT RadNet, Inc. Healthcare Medical Laboratories & Research
TELK Telik Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Other
NYNY Empire Resorts Inc. Services Resorts & Casinos
CSA Cogdell Spencer Inc. Financial REIT - Healthcare Facilities
GBE Grubb & Ellis Company Financial Property Management
ZHNE Zhone Technologies Inc. Technology Communication Equipment
CLWT Euro Tech Holdings Co. Ltd. Industrial Goods Pollution & Treatment Controls
CETV Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Services Broadcasting - TV
HAWK Seahawk Drilling, Inc. Basic Materials Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
COMV Comverge, Inc. Technology Scientific & Technical Instruments
ANX Adventrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
KSP K-SEA Transportation Partners LP Services Shipping
MMG Metalline Mining Co. Basic Materials Industrial Metals & Minerals
KAD Arcadia Resources Inc. Healthcare Home Health Care
COWN Cowen Group, Inc. Financial Investment Brokerage - National
IDRA Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Healthcare Biotechnology
AIQ Alliance Healthcare Services, Inc. Healthcare Medical Laboratories & Research
SPNC The Spectranetics Corporation Healthcare Medical Appliances & Equipment
BNVI Bionovo, Inc. Healthcare Drug Manufacturers - Major
SURW SureWest Communications Technology Telecom Services - Domestic
OSUR OraSure Technologies Inc. Healthcare Medical Instruments & Supplies
AVD American Vanguard Corp. Basic Materials Agricultural Chemicals

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