BBQ Recovery: Is All The Good News Cooked In?

By Kapitall | January 20, 2012 AAA



Written by Alexander Crawford:

The economy is improving, but stock investors already know this, says Paul R. La Monica at CNN Money. The US is seeing a "BBQ recovery" that is slowly but surely cooking along - the only problem he says is the market already reflects this and may soon be ripe for a pullback.

La Monica cites several sources of positivity - a huge drop in jobless claims, non-threatening inflation levels, absence of bad news in Europe, and better-than-expected earnings from Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. But the overall market has been essentially flat on these news stories.

"It's true that investors may be getting ahead of themselves a little bit. A pullback in stocks wouldn't surprise me, especially if Europe's debt problems take a sudden turn for the worse again," he said.

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Keeping this possibility in mind, we ran a screen on stocks that may be exposed to a possible pullback, if La Monica is indeed correct.

We ran a screen on large-cap stocks that have rallied over 50% over the last quarter for those with bearish sentiment from short sellers. We screened for stocks with significant increases in shares shorted month-over-month.

Do you think these stocks are the "burgers to flip"?

List sorted by increase in shares shorted as a percent of share float. (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)

1. United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI): Operates as an equipment rental company in the United States and Canada. Market cap of $2.18B. The stock has increased 71.79% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 12.03M to 16.49M month-over-month, a change representing 7.68% of the company's 58.06M share float.

2. Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPPI): A commercial-stage biotechnology company, primarily focuses on oncology and hematology. Market cap of $889.28M. The stock has increased 84.62% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 7.06M to 8.67M month-over-month, a change representing 3.26% of the company's 49.38M share float.

3. RAM Energy Resources, Inc. (NYSE: RAM): Engages in the acquisition, development, exploitation, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas properties primarily in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and West Virginia. Market cap of $312.09M. The stock has increased 395.00% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 293.90K to 1.89M month-over-month, a change representing 2.87% of the company's 55.57M share float.

4. RSC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RRR): Engages in the rental of construction and industrial equipment primarily in the United States and Canada. Market cap of $2.09B. The stock has increased 121.99% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 4.55M to 6.16M month-over-month, a change representing 2.60% of the company's 61.86M share float.

5. OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE: OCZ): Designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes computer components for computing devices and systems worldwide. Market cap of $397.96M. The stock has increased 55.04% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 21.48M to 22.40M month-over-month, a change representing 2.03% of the company's 45.28M share float.

6. Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CDR): Engages in the ownership, operation, development and redevelopment of supermarket-anchored community shopping centers and drug store-anchored convenience centers in the United States. Market cap of $326.45M. The stock has increased 71.43% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 2.33M to 3.29M month-over-month, a change representing 1.77% of the company's 54.26M share float.

7. KB Home (NYSE: KBH): Operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. Market cap of $853.20M. The stock has increased 55.54% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 25.60M to 26.65M month-over-month, a change representing 1.60% of the company's 65.47M share float.

8. Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH): Provides Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals, as well as assists state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. Market cap of $1.28B. The stock has increased 83.99% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 2.40M to 2.68M month-over-month, a change representing 1.12% of the company's 24.92M share float.

9. Dendreon Corp. (Nasdaq: DNDN): Engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics to enhance cancer treatment options for patients. Market cap of $2.09B. The stock has increased 50.48% over the last quarter. Shares shorted have increased from 31.34M to 32.90M month-over-month, a change representing 1.07% of the company's 145.73M share float.

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Kapitall's Alexander Crawford does not own any of the shares mentioned above. Short data sourced from Yahoo! Finance.

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