5 NYSE Short-Squeeze Opportunities for 2010BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Main Street often thinks of the market as moving in one direction: up. So when the market tumbles, retail investors often think that everyone is sharing in losses. But that's not always the case.
Waste Management ( WM - Get Report) is a different kind of "garbage stock," but that hasn't kept short sellers from trashing it. The aptly named company is the largest waste management firm in the U.S., serving 20 million customers and collecting more than 150 million tons of waste each year.
The pressure has been mounting lately for Canada's biggest bank, Royal Bank of Canada ( RY - Get Report). With slow financial growth in Canada and exposure to less enviable portions of the U.S. credit market, short-sellers are taking positions against this firm -- but they could be misjudging its financial health. At present, the stock sports a short ratio of 13.6.
Strong performance from Hyatt Hotels ( H - Get Report) hasn't shaken the stigma that the hospitality industry is still under siege. But that could soon change as this stock continues to impress analysts with incremental increases in RevPAR (revenue per available room) and little exposure to the residential business. Despite a run-up of 34.5% since the company's IPO last year, the company currently has a short ratio of 13.8.
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