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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
Abgenix, Inc. (ABGX) 7.5 11.6 8.93 0.11
KB HOME (KBH) 6.9 12.6 77.25 -0.74
Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) 6.3 16.1 56.60 -2.72
Delta Petroleum Corporation (DPTR) 6.2 16.7 13.17 2.06
Witness Systems, Inc. (WITS) 5.8 10.3 17.89 -3.13
Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (ANSI) 5.7 15.7 39.38 1.40
OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OSIP) 5.0 11.9 43.00 -0.47
palmOne, Inc. (PLMO) 4.7 30.9 29.38 -3.30
Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (BZH) 4.4 25.2 58.93 -1.07
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc (MDRX) 4.2 20.4 16.15 -0.19

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Worth a Read

by 6/20/2005 10:16 AM
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Early I made reference to post-expiration related noise...If that comment piqued your interest, make sure you check out what Chris Johnson had to say about historical volatility around expiration in his Investor's Edge report ...

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At the Open

by 6/20/2005 10:00 AM
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Equities have had a chance to settle and here is what I see...

As indicated by pre-open futures, there was a downward bias at the open but so far those losses on the broad market indices are minor...Internet, semis and brokers, however, are showing moderate weakness...oil and gold related groups (along with biotech) are continuing the recent strength...

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EBAY Chatter

by 6/20/2005 9:22 AM
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I have been scanning through the headlines and it appears that eBay (EBAY) is getting some attention...though not the kind it is used to. Today's focus is on eBay's PayPal service, which may be getting some competition from Google (GOOG). Shares of EBAY are indicated down a point (two percent) in pre-open action.

I wanted to note this because EBAY has been popular in the press recently with a couple of cover stories and this article which I discussed last week...

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I wanted to quickly touch on the pre-open action of the S&P futures...


Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX

As you can see, action appears rather light and very choppy. The S&Ps currently sit nearly five and a half points below fair value. While this does point to a lower open, it will be interesting to watch the first half hour to see if this just post-expiration related noise...


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