About SqueezeFinder

The SqueezeFinder Live Watchlist is updated every 30 minutes with a combination of short interest data from several sources, giving you the best and most current data available. All you have to do is check the Watchlist regularly and look for the highest scores!

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Squeezability

Once all of the data has been compiled…

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and each criteria has been scored, the values are averaged into what we call a “Squeezability Score”. The score is on a scale from 1-100% which represents the probability of a short squeeze occurring. Squeeze + Probability = Squeezability

Juice target price

This is a potential price target that estimates…

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how far a stock might run during a squeeze. The scores from Market Cap, % of Float Sold Short and % of Float On Loan are used to create an estimated price movement from recent lows. This target is rounded to the nearest whole dollar and should be treated as a ballpark estimate ONLY. It can be very helpful during a squeeze to approximate when the squeeze is close to being done.

recent squeeze (UNIQUE TO SQUEEZEFINDER)

This criteria determines whether or not…

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a stock has recently squeezed. This is very important because multiple squeezes within a short timeframe are exceedingly rare. What usually happens during the squeeze is that shorts will roll over each other. Old shorts are taking losses and buying-to-cover, while new shorts are coming into the stock and selling-to-open at or near the highs. It is common for the other criteria to remain elevated after a squeeze has occurred, but it is rare that another squeeze will happen any time soon. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 20 when the stock has not had any significant intraday price increases within 3 months, and a score of -10 is given when the stock has surpassed its Juice Target within the last 3 months.

Cost to Borrow (CTB)

The highest ranked criteria is the Cost to Borrow…

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This is the annual interest rate that short sellers must pay, accrued daily, in order to hold on to their borrowed shares. A higher CTB puts more pressure on short sellers and can force them to close their positions. A 10/10 score is achieved in SqueezeFinder when the CTB reaches 200%. Borrow fees can go beyond 200%, for example BRCC in April 2022 set a score of 31.33/10 which is totally insane! This translates to an actual borrow fee of 626%! Borrow Fees are compiled from several different sources, so this is a realistic number that is being charged across many brokerages.

Share Availability (Unique to SqueezeFinder)

The second most important criteria is share availability…

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If short sellers can’t find shares to borrow then they can’t open new short positions. And if the short sellers can’t add or open positions, then selling pressure is greatly reduced and buyers can take control of the price action. SqueezeFinder scores this criteria based on a 3 hour average number of shares available as a percentage of float size. A score of 20/10 is given when there are 0 shares left to borrow for a full 3 hours. As share availability increases, this score goes down accordingly. Share availability data comes from multiple sources averaged together for accuracy. SqueezeFinder is the only service using realtime share availability and comparing it to the float when calculating the scores.

social sentiment (Unique to SqueezeFinder)

This score tracks social media “buzz”…

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and assigns a score from 1 to 20 based on current rank as well as 24 hour trends. A score over 15 is considered very positive and represents strong current social sentiment as well as a recent uptrend in social sentiment. This score is critical when trying to time the squeeze.

Market Capitalization

Market Cap is the absolute value of a company…

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A lower market cap is good for squeezes because it takes less buying pressure to move the price upwards. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 10/10 when the market cap is below $50M while a market caps above $500M will be scored as 0.

float size

Public float has a very similar impact…

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to the squeeze process as the market cap. A lower public float makes it easier to create buying pressure and force a squeeze. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 10/10 when the public float is below 5M shares while a public float above 50M will be scored as 0.

Days to Cover (DTC)

This value represents the length of time it would take…

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for every short to cover their positions. It’s an important factor but not as important as the criteria above. When shorts start to cover, the daily volume will simply explode and a squeeze can happen inside of 1 day even though the stock is showing 5 days to cover. The DTC is actually more important in determining where we are in the squeeze process. A very high DTC indicates the stock is not squeezing yet, but pressure is building up. SqueezeFinder gives a maximum score of 10/10 when the DTC value is above 10 days. DTC values below 10 days are scored according to a logarithmic scale.

% of free float short

It is critical to know the percentage of float…

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which has already been sold short. This value can be considered as the amount of “Juice” that can be squeezed out of the stock, and it factors heavily into the Juice Target. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 10/10 when this value equals 40%. When this value goes beyond 40% the score will go above 10 accordingly.

% of free float on loan

This value represents the shares that have been borrowed…

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but not necessarily sold short. This is often overlooked, but it is important because it provides the ability to calculate the next score, Naked Shorts, which tells us how many shares are still available for shorts to sell the price down. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 10/10 when this value equals 50%. When this value goes above 50% the score will go above 10 accordingly.

naked shorts (Unique to SqueezeFinder)

This calculation determines whether or not…

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naked shorting is taking place, and to what degree. This is important because we need to know how much additional selling power is available to short sellers. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 10/10 when the percentage sold short is equal or greater than the percentage on loan. A score above 10 implies that naked short selling is taking place.

ftd vs float (Unique to SqueezeFinder)

This calculation measures upcoming…

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Fails to Deliver (FTD) that will be due within the next 2 weeks. That measurement is compared against the float size to determine the % of float that will be due soon. A score of 15/10 indicates that more than 50% of the float will be due soon. The lowest possible score is 5/10 which indicates that less than 10% of the float will be due soon. Extremely high FTD’s can help a squeeze get moving, but we don’t want to subtract from the overall Squeezability score when the FTD count is low. That’s why the scale is 5 to 15 on this criteria.

short losses (Unique to SqueezeFinder)

This calculation is critical for…

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determining the probability of a squeeze. When short sellers are in a losing trade they are more inclined to close their position before the losses get any worse. Their gains or losses must be compared to the market cap of the stock before any useful information can be determined. SqueezeFinder gives a score of 10/10 when short losses reach 10% of market cap, and a score of 0 when gains reach of 5% of market cap.

volume

This score measures the previous…

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days’ volume against a 1 month average. This score, along with the Social score, can let us know when there is a rise in interest for the stock.