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As usual, this table lists stocks that have at least 10 percent of their float sold short and then shows the top ten based on the previous day's gain. The last field shows how the stock is performing in today's session. This can be a useful tool for finding situations where stocks with heavy short interest have begun to move. All returns are shown in percentages.

Note - more information on short interest can be found by clicking here.

Company Yesterday's
Gain
Percent of Float
Sold Short
Yesterday's
Close
Today's
Return
United Online, Inc. (UNTD) 34.8 10.6 11.94 -2.93
Digene Corporation (DIGE) 22.6 15.1 23.29 0.77
WMS Industries Inc. (WMS) 21.2 35.4 30.00 2.10
Jupitermedia Corporation (JUPM) 21.1 16.4 15.85 1.33
General Cable Corporation (BGC) 20.0 11.1 14.15 -0.35
General Motors Corporation (GM) 18.1 16.9 32.80 -1.68
aQuantive, Inc. (AQNT) 17.9 10.8 12.61 9.44
Trinity Industries, Inc. (TRN) 14.1 24.8 27.47 -1.24
DHB INDUSTRIES INC (DHB) 13.2 12.3 8.33 7.32
Ryerson Tull, Inc. (RT) 11.3 19.5 14.75 3.59

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At the Open

by 5/5/2005 9:48 AM
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As indicated by the pre-open futures action...

The major indices opened slightly lower. Overall we see a mixed picture as many groups trade near breakeven. Semis are trying to mount a rally as are housing stocks. Oil is leading the upside movers and oil related stocks are following closely behind. Gold stocks are resting after two strong days of bouncing.

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Checking Back on WFMI

by 5/5/2005 9:37 AM
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Another stock to keep an eye on today is Whole Foods Market (WFMI) which is reacting positively to last night's earnings release. I touched on this stock last month and said the shares were showing some signs of life...but it appears they weren't quite ready to run as they continued to consolidated. However as you can see in this weekly chart below, the uptrend is still intact and the shares are once again trying to pull away from support...


Created with SuperCharts by Omega Research

The short interest position in the stock is moderately healthy, but the most interesting aspect is that analysts are still firmly on sidelines. According to Zacks, just 4 of the 14 analysts (29 percent) rank WFMI with a "buy" rating as we headed into today...


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Into the Open

by 5/5/2005 9:07 AM
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The bulls continue to try and push pre-open stock futures higher...


Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

Initial jobless claims and productivity reports were released at 8:30 but this had minimal impact. S&P futures popped higher just before the reports and have been mulling around their highs for the overnight session. However, the S&P's still sit slightly below fair value so it looks like we are poised for a flat open.

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Keep an Eye on QLGC

by 5/5/2005 8:41 AM
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It might also be worthwhile to keep an eye on QLogic (QLGC). Yesterday we noted that the shares were top heavy with analyst "buys" as the company headed into their earnings report. The company beat earnings estimates but their guidance was less than impressive and shares are indicated down seven percent or so - though there is still an hour until the open.

I have been scanning through analysts' comments, and as you might expect given the fact that the Street is overwhelmingly bullish, some brokers are coming out to defend the stock. Last week's low was near 32 and the shares are flirting with breaking that level which would put them below the support zone we noted yesterday.

I would keep a close eye on this situation to see if the brokerage houses are able to talk up the shares. If not, you may see some defection from the bullish camp in the near future as no one on the Street wants to be the last one holding the bag...


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