While the start of football season always comes with plenty of trash-talking between teams, the financial world has a good amount of back-and-forth of its own.
One example is when Wall Street analysts are generally bullish on the very same stocks that short sellers — people making bearish bets against a company — are piling into. Right now, the number of stocks that sport a consensus “buy” rating or better yet also have more than a quarter of their float sold short is in the double-digits, according to FinViz.
Some companies have already been proving analysts right and thus burning short sellers — including momentum investor darling Tesla Motors (TSLA). But it has run so far that analysts are turning cold; Stifel initiated coverage with a “hold” in August, and Barlcays downgraded the stock.
However, there are a few stocks that analysts have reiterated bullishness on even as the shorts continue to maintain their camps. Here’s a look at three: