In everything from sports to stocks, people love to disagree. Some of the most impassioned conversations I’ve ever witnessed have been centered around disgust over the Miami Heat or diehard loyalty to Apple (AAPL). Heck, my dad and I go back and forth about stock picks all the time — mostly a result of our differing views of growth vs. value.
Of course, it’s not just my family or Apple fanboys and haters who disagree about a stock’s merits.
In some cases, analysts are generally bullish on the same stocks that short-sellers are piling into. In fact, more than 20 stocks of $1 billion in market cap or more feature both at least a quarter of their float sold short and a consensus “buy” rating or better, according to FinViz.
When I dug a little deeper into analysts’ opinions of those names, I found that many boasted price targets implying upside in the double digits, with some expected to appreciate by as much as 40% in the next 12 months.
Let’s take a closer look at few of these stocks: