These Shorts Could Get Squeezed

These heavily shorted stocks have the potential to surge on any good news.
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The stock market has taken a couple of hits lately. When a stock drops sharply, it may create some interesting short-squeeze opportunities.

A short squeeze takes place when a stock's short-sellers are forced to cover their bearish positions quickly on positive news that drives the stock price higher. This short-covering then works to drive the price of the stock up even more. The main metric for measuring a short-squeeze play is the short ratio, which represents the number of days it would take a stock's short sellers to cover their position based on the stock's recent average daily trading volume.

Stockpickr has compiled a list of the top Nasdaq short-squeeze plays for August, including

MGE Energy

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and

First Busey

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.

To read more, and for the top Nasdaq short-squeeze plays for August, please click here.

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