With the financial sector dominating the business news headlines, and financial stocks such as Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Report and JPMorgan (JPM) - Get Report helping to lead some moves higher, now may be the time to look at heavily shorted names in the sector in anticipation of a snapback, when short-sellers scramble to cover their positions.
This is especially true with companies such as
( LEH) and
, who are fighting the short-sellers by issuing stock to increase their liquidity. The key ratio for analyzing short-squeezes is the short ratio, which represents the number of days it would take for those shorting a stock to cover their bearish positions should the stock start moving higher, based on the stock's recent average daily trading volume.
With this in mind, Stockpickr has compiled a list of the
One of the stocks with a high short ratio is
Woori Finance Holdings
, a South Korean-based financial services and banking company with a short ratio of 45.5. The stock rose 9% April 1, following Lehman Brothers'
. Woori has a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 6.6 and a P/E-to-growth ratio of 0.6.
Woori appears in a Stockpickr portfolio called
. Other stocks in the portfolio include
, which has a 1.4 short ratio,
Shinhan Financial Group
, with a 0.9 short ratio, and
, with a short ratio of 2.
Another stock with a high short ratio is
Greenhill & Co
, a New York investment banking firm with a short ratio of 34.2. The company recently appointed its managing director Richard Lieb to the chief financial officer position. The stock has a forward P/E ratio of 14.6, a PEG of 1 and a yield of 2.5%.
Greenhill is a stock owned by Al Gore's investment vehicle,
. Gore also owns shares of
, with a short ratio of 4,
, with a 2.1 short ratio, and
, which has a short ratio of 0.9.
is another financial stock with a high short ratio; the manager of insurance companies has a short ratio of 24.1. The company recently closed its acquisition of AMP Limited's Australian-based reinsurance and insurance operations. The stock has a trailing P/E ratio of 22.
Enstar is a favorite of top stock value investor and hedge fund manager Michael Price. He also holds
, which has a 1.9 short ratio,
, with a 5.5 short ratio, and
( NWEC), with an 11.6 short ratio.
For for other heavily shorted stocks in the sector, check out the
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