featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: ExamWorks Group, Inc., CNO Financial Group, Inc., Glacier Bancorp Inc., Grand featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: ExamWorks Group, Inc., CNO
Financial Group, Inc., Glacier Bancorp Inc., Grand Canyon Education, Inc. and
                                Meredith Corp.

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CHICAGO, June 26, 2013

CHICAGO, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Stocks in this week's article include:
ExamWorks Group, Inc. (NYSE: EXAM - Free Report), CNO Financial Group, Inc.
(NYSE: CNO – Free Report), Glacier Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: GBCI – Free Report),
Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOPE – Free Report)  and Meredith Corp.
(NYSE: MDP – Free Report). Kevin Matras looks at the 'short ratio' as a market
sentiment indicator and shows how to use it for finding winning stocks.


Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

This week's Screen looks at a market sentiment indicator called the short
ratio to find new stock picks. The short ratio is the number of shares sold
short (short interest or bets that the stock will go lower in price) divided
by the average daily volume. The higher the ratio, the longer it would take to
buy back the 'sold' (borrowed) shares. And in theory, the more short positions
there are to cover, the stronger the short covering rally would be.

Many people who use this indicator like to look for the number of "days to
cover" to be higher than 8-10 days. It's generally believed that a short ratio
of that size could prove difficult to cover and therefore trigger a strong
rally on any hint of an upswing. (My personal preference is to take that into
consideration, but also compare it to the industry's average ratio and the
stock's own historical ratio.)

And while I wouldn't recommend using just the short ratio as the 'be all to
end all' of screening items, I do think it can be a great tool for helping
define great opportunities.

Short Ratio and Uptrends

For stocks moving higher, try looking for historically high short ratios for
stocks up 20% or more (new uptrend) or that have just rallied past an
important moving average like the 50 or 200-day average. (Funds will often
pile in at those points. So a large short ratio could propel the market
significantly higher as huge buyers bid the market up while panicky shorts
chase it even higher just to get out.)

The screen I'm currently running focuses in on those kinds of companies:
stocks in solid uptrends with relatively large short ratios that could send
the stocks soaring if the shorts are forced to buy those shares back. The
parameters to this week's screen are:

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