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Mid-Cap Short-Squeeze Opportunities

Wholesale power generation company TransAlta (TAC) is a highly shorted stock that focuses on the Canadian power generation market. Competition and increased balance sheet leverage have pushed TransAlta's short interest ratio to 17.6.

Despite the investing headwinds TransAlta faces right now, the company has enough fundamental prowess to make this week's short-squeeze list. TransAlta is solidly profitable, with nearly double-digit net margins and increasing demand in its operating area. And with the company's earnings scheduled for today, the chances of seeing an upside breakout are very real.

TransAlta certainly has some big names on its side. One of those is George Soros, the billionaire investor who owns shares of TransAlta through his firm, Soros Fund Management. Other Soros holdings include PetroBras (PBR) and Monsanto (MON).

For the rest of this week's short-squeeze opportunities, including McCormick (MKC) and Strayer Education (STRA), check out the Mid-Cap Stock Short-Squeeze portfolio at Stockpickr. And to find short-squeeze plays of your own, be sure to check out the Stockpickr Answers community for insights and investment ideas.

-- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.

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Jonas Elmerraji is the editor and portfolio manager of the Rhino Stock Report, a free investment advisory that returned 15% in 2008. He is a contributor to numerous financial outlets, including Forbes and Investopedia, and has been featured in Investor's Business Daily, in Consumer's Digest and on MSNBC.com.
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