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Many investors believe that the value of gold will go much higher, and in turn, gold mining stocks will move up along with the price of the commodity. Unfortunately, many stocks iin the sector have suffered along with the rest of the market and may be heavily shorted, making them oversold. This confluence, however, could create a short-squeeze buying opportunity.
The short interest is measured by the short ratio, the number of days it would take the short-sellers to cover their positions, based on the stock's recent trading volume. On any positive catalyst, these stocks could rush higher as the short-sellers, or those betting against the stock, are forced to cover their bearish bets.
Stockpickr has reviewed the stocks in the gold mining sector and compiled a list of the
One of the gold mining stocks with the highest short ratios is
, with a short ratio of 8.4, meaning that, based on recent trading volumes, it would take roughly eight days for the short-sellers to cover their positions. Shares of this manager of gold mining royalties have a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 45, a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 7.4 and pay a yield of 0.9%.
Royal Gold is also part of the portfolio of the
, a five-star Morningstar-rated fund managed by Frank Reichel. The fund also holds
( TRA), with a short ratio of 4.9,
Chicago Bridge & Iron
, with a short ratio of 0.6, and
, with a 2.9 short ratio.
Another gold stock with a relatively high short ratio, currently at 5, is
. The company, which explores and develops gold mines in Western Canada and Alaska, is expected to release its delayed full-year earnings results on Friday.
NovaGold shares are also owned by the
, a five-star rated long-term capital growth fund managed by Whitney George. The portfolio also includes
Reliance Steel & Aluminum
, with a short ratio of 1,
, with a 2.2 short ratio, and
, with a 9.4 short ratio.
( GRS) has a short ratio of 5. Shares of this Canada-based explorer and developer of gold and silver mines in Mexico sport a forward P/E of 82.
Gammon appears in the portfolio of the Eaton Vance Growth Fund, which also holds shares of
Research In Motion
( RIMM), a stock with a 0.9 short ratio,
, with a 1.6 short ratio, and
Diamond Offshore Drilling
, with a 2.6 short ratio.
For a complete list of top gold stocks with short squeeze potential, check out the
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