BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Investors have always had a love/hate relationship with so-called "sin stocks" -- companies that operate businesses that some consider morally dubious -- but whichever side of the fence you're on, this week's short-squeeze opportunities could present significant gain potential.
Monarch Casino & Resort ( MCRI) is a small-cap stock that owns and operates Reno, Nevada's Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, a property with 61,000 square feet of casino floor and nearly 1,000 guest rooms. Monarch has been getting quite a bit of investor attention lately -- and not the good kind. Short-sellers have pushed the stock's short ratio to 14.1. At that level, it would take nearly three trading weeks for short-sellers to cover their stakes.
Cigarette maker Vector Group ( VGR) markets tobacco products to smokers through its Liggett and Vector Tobacco subsidiaries. Currently, the stock has a short interest ratio of 23.
Earlier this week Century Casinos ( CNTY) announced a surprise loss, exciting the short sellers that had pushed the stock's short ratio to 12.4. But there's more to that earnings story that just red ink.
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