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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
ArthroCare Corporation (ARTC) 14.3 24.7 32.65 -1.13
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) 11.8 39.3 12.95 -1.92
KongZhong Corporation (KONG) 9.3 11.4 7.64 -0.66
Sierra Wireless, Inc. (SWIR) 9.3 18.3 7.31 -2.88
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (KKD) 8.6 53.1 7.20 -2.64
Pharmion Corporation (PHRM) 8.3 12.9 24.50 -1.59
Inter Parfums, Inc. (IPAR) 7.0 14.6 17.78 4.36
Red Hat, Inc. (RHAT) 6.8 17.4 12.00 -1.25
Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (AVO) 6.0 19.5 37.63 -1.78
Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (SLXP) 6.0 13.9 15.58 -1.41

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At the Open

by 5/12/2005 9:59 AM
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Here is what I see at the open...

As indicated by the pre-open futures action, there was a slight upward bias in the broad market indices at the open, but it was short lived as they have now slipped below the breakeven mark...semis, networkers, and biotech are trying to hold small gains...oil related groups, gold, cyclicals, and housing are weak...

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Into the Open

by 5/12/2005 9:18 AM
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We head toward the open with stock futures positioned slightly stronger than when I last checked in on them....as the S&Ps bounced on stronger-than-expected retail sales numbers. However, they only sit about half a point above fair value so the open looks rather flat. Gold is now down three points and oil is now down 68 cents...


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When You Wish Upon...

by 5/12/2005 9:01 AM
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From the White House wishing and hoping department...I just saw this article on CNN/Money's website and had to pass it along - "White House wants $25 a barrel oil".

Later today they will be wishing the DJIA to 15000 and tomorrow's project is wishing the deficit away...


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Wal-Mart

by 5/12/2005 8:42 AM
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Last night I touched on Wal-Mart (WMT) and noted the poor price action and weak scorecard reading as they headed into today's earnings. And it looks like that price chart isn't going to improve as the retail behemoth missed earnings by a penny and warned on future performance. The shares are currently indicated near 47, which is down three percent from last night's close, but still above the recent low near 46.

In addition to what I noted last night, you might want to revisit this post from Monday for a better understanding of how the Street views this stock...

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