Bearish Bets: 2 Small-Cap Stocks You Should Consider Shorting This Week

These recently downgraded names are displaying both quantitative and technical deterioration.

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Each week Trifecta Stocks identifies names that look bearish and may present interesting investing opportunities on the short side.

Using technical analysis of the charts of those stocks, and, when appropriate, recent actions and grades from TheStreet’s Quant Ratings, we zero in on five names.

While we will not be weighing in with fundamental analysis, we hope this piece will give investors interested in stocks on the way down a good starting point to do further homework on the names.


OneSpan Inc.  (OSPN)  recently was downgraded to Sell with a D+ rating by TheStreet’s Quant Ratings.

The provider of anti-fraud and digital transaction technology has been showing bearish qualities for months; look at the money flow for that description. We see the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is about to roll over and that monster gap is acting as huge resistance.

The cloud is red and the triangle created is not bullish; rather, a break to the downside should be seen here and that would mean a move toward the $12-$13 area.

If short here, put in an aggressive stop at $23.

Liberty Oilfield Services

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.  (LBRT)  recently was downgraded to Sell with a D+ rating by TheStreet’s Quant Ratings.

The provider of hydraulic fracturing and wireline services has been slammed lately and is trying to make a recovery. However, the recent pull-up has been on poor turnover; it’s just a matter of time before this name rolls over again.

With markets at new highs should stocks be near their lows? Not if money is in the name, and that clearly is not the case here.

RSI is stymied at the 50 level and the cloud is red as could be, and expanding. All bad for Liberty; short to the single digits, but place a stop at $13.50.

This commentary is an excerpt from “5 Bearish Bets” a weekly feature sent to subscribers of Trifecta Stocks. Click here to learn more about this portfolio, trading ideas and market commentary product.

Want to find out the other stocks we think look good short this week and how to play them? Click here for a trial subscription to Trifecta Stocks and get “Bearish Bets” each week!

— Bob Lang and Chris Versace are co-portfolio managers of Trifecta Stocks.

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