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10 ETFs That Could Be Primed For A Short Squeeze

Wayne Duggan

Traders are always on the lookout for the next short squeeze candidate. Short squeezes can send share prices skyrocketing in a matter of minutes and hours, and traders who are along for the ride can make a killing just by timing one squeeze correctly.

S3 Partners analyst Ihor Dusaniwsky released his latest list of the top short squeeze ETFs candidates based on short interest and short percent of float.

Dusaniwsky said there are currently only 11 U.S. ETFs with short interest of at least $25 million and short percent of float of at least 40%.

“Borrow rates on these ETF shorts are generally cheaper than equities with high SI % Float due to the ability for brokers to create ETFs as trading or stock borrow demand increases, although ETNs and leveraged ETFs usually have higher stock borrow rates due to the difficulty and expense of creating new shares,” Dusaniwsky wrote in the report.

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Short Squeeze Candidates

Here are S3’s 10 best ETF candidates for a potential short squeeze.

  1. SPDR S&P Retail (NYSE: XRT), $878.0 million short interest, 326.4% of float.
  2. BARCLAYS IPTH SRS B S&P SHRT TRM ETN (BATS: VXX), $982.0 million short interest, 139.7% of float.
  3. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. (NYSE: XOP), $1.88 billion short interest, 111.7% of float.
  4. VANECK VECTORS/SEMICONDUCTOR ETF (NYSE: SMH), $1.48 billion short interest, 99.1% of float.
  5. SPDR KBW Regional Banking (NYSE: KRE), $1.69 billion short interest, 95.3% of float.
  6. SPDR S&P Biotech (NYSE: XBI), $3.29 billion short interest, 84.9% of float.
  7. VANECK VECTORS/PHARMACEUTICAL ETF (NASDAQ: PPH), $95.0 million short interest, 61.9% of float.
  8. PROSHARES TR II/SHORT VIX SHORT-TER (NYSE: SVXY), $157.0 million short interest, 50.4% of float.
  9. VAR RATE VELOCITY S (NYSE: DGAZ), $88.0 million short interest, 43.4% of float.
  10. SPDR S&P Metals and Mining (NYSE: XME), $168.9 million short interest, 42.8% of float.

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