Income Ideas: 10 High Dividend Yield Stocks Being Exited By Short Sellers

If you are looking to invest in dividend paying stocks, a good starting point is to analyze those stocks in which short sellers are covering their short positions. This indicates short sellers, who benefit when share prices drop, think there's more upside than downside potential ahead. 

In order to construct this list we looked for stocks with the following characteristics:-    Dividend yield above 2% -    Short float above 5% -    Decrease of the shorted shares over the last month representing greater than 1% of share float

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Short sellers are signalingthe upside potential on these names outweighs the downside. Do you agree?

 

1. Guess' Inc. (GES, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and licensing of apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. Market cap at $2.3B, most recent closing price at $26.91. Dividend yield: 2.97%. Short float: 14.35%. Shares shorted have decreased from 9.67M to 8.60M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.86% of the company's float of 57.38M shares. Days to cover ratio at 6.86 days.

 

2. Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a mall- and Web-based specialty retailer in the United States. Market cap at $566.53M, most recent closing price at $13.93. Dividend yield: 2.3%. Short float: 15.2%. Shares shorted have decreased from 6.58M to 5.70M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 2.6% of the company's float of 33.87M shares. Days to cover ratio at 4.41 days.

 

3. Intersections Inc. (INTX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription based consumer protection services and other consumer products and services primarily in the United States. Market cap at $172.75M, most recent closing price at $9.56. Dividend yield: 8.37%. Short float: 9.93%. Shares shorted have decreased from 1.74M to 1.55M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 2.01% of the company's float of 9.44M shares. Days to cover ratio at 20.8 days.

 

4. Kronos Worldwide Inc. (KRO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the production and marketing of titanium dioxide pigments in North America and Europe. Market cap at $1.82B, most recent closing price at $15.73. Dividend yield: 3.81%. Short float: 18.43%. Shares shorted have decreased from 4.31M to 3.89M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 2.1% of the company's float of 20.04M shares. Days to cover ratio at 10.73 days.

 

5. REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (RGC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates a theatre circuit in the United States. Market cap at $2.79B, most recent closing price at $17.91. Dividend yield: 4.69%. Short float: 16.1%. Shares shorted have decreased from 22.52M to 21.47M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.34% of the company's float of 78.13M shares. Days to cover ratio at 20.6 days.

 

6. Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. (RGR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of firearms in the United States. Market cap at $947.16M, most recent closing price at $49.05. Dividend yield: 3.3%. Short float: 25.11%. Shares shorted have decreased from 5.44M to 5.04M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 2.13% of the company's float of 18.74M shares. Days to cover ratio at 10.09 days.

 

7. Redwood Trust Inc. (RWT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): A financial institution, together with its subsidiaries, invests in, finances, and manages residential and commercial real estate loans and securities. Market cap at $1.84B, most recent closing price at $22.57. Dividend yield: 4.96%. Short float: 5.65%. Shares shorted have decreased from 5.39M to 4.26M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.47% of the company's float of 76.93M shares. Days to cover ratio at 4.36 days.

 

8. Strayer Education Inc. (STRA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides various academic programs through traditional classrooms and Internet. Market cap at $533.76M, most recent closing price at $48.0. Dividend yield: 8.33%. Short float: 19.73%. Shares shorted have decreased from 2.18M to 2.03M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.44% of the company's float of 10.45M shares. Days to cover ratio at 10.76 days.

 

9. The Washington Post Company (WPO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $3.31B, most recent closing price at $446.37. Dividend yield: 2.2%. Short float: 6.96%. Shares shorted have decreased from 478.87K to 427.52K over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.19% of the company's float of 4.33M shares. Days to cover ratio at 18.04 days.

 

10. EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the exploration, exploitation, development, and production of onshore North American oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays. Market cap at $1.56B, most recent closing price at $7.18. Dividend yield: 2.79%. Short float: 8.74%. Shares shorted have decreased from 20.77M to 18.32M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.84% of the company's float of 133.14M shares. Days to cover ratio at 5.36 days.

 

 

(List compiled by Rebecca Lipman. Short data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.)

 

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