With stocks surging day in and day out, short-sellers are licking their chops, at a chance to bet on the downside.UBS recently circulated a note regarding which stocks their clients are most heavily shorting.
There are various issues at play. In some cases the stocks are flat-out seen as being overvalued. In other cases, there are specific accounting issues that shorts are honing in on.
Shares Short: 30.9%
Solar industry under threat from potential stoppage in government subsidies.
Shares Short: 26.2%
The coffee maker was probed by the SEC last September. That probe forced the company to restate its financial performance for fiscal years 2007 to 2009 and the first three quarters of fiscal 2010.
Shares short: 1.0%
The healthcare product company had low fourth-quarter earnings after it was hammered by recalls that put many of its products back on the shelves.
Shares short: 10.4%
The cloud computing applications firm had significant insider selling according to Insider Monkey.
Shares short: 39.4%
The education software application company had an outlook for the first quarter of this year that fell short of analysts' estimates as it closed the $53 million takeover of Presidium, an administrative and student services provider.
The deal was said to contribute to revenue for 2011 but will not help profit.
Shares short: 32.7%
The DVD and streaming service is going to be paying $500 million to a $1 billion on content this year while still supporting its DVD mail model which could put pressure on margins.
Shares short: 1.9%
Margins likely to be hit by the subsidies Verizon pays to entice iPhone buyers to sign up for a long-term contract.
Shares short: 17.9%
Goldman Sachs just lowered estimates for U.S. Steel for Q1 2011, based on the belief higher steel prices would not be passed on in that period.
Shares short: 7.3%
The lodging company has more than $1 billion in debt due between 2012 and 2014.
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