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Top Dow Short-Squeeze Plays

These heavily shorted Dow stocks could surge on positive news.

Updated from 7:05 a.m. EST

Many investors believe that the almost 900-point rise in the stock market last Monday was due to short squeezes.

A short squeeze takes place when a stock's short-sellers scramble to cover their bearish positions when that stock moves sharply upward; their buying ends up pushing shares even higher. Short positions of stocks are measured by the short-squeeze ratio, which represents the number of days it would take for the short-sellers to cover their positions based on the recent daily volume of the stock.

With this in mind, Stockpickr has come up with a list of the

top Dow stocks short-squeeze plays

, including


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