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Play Editor's note: A few stocks that caught my eye as potential shorts were CBS, CTSH, and MAA. Unfortunately, CTSH and MAA both report earnings on February 7th.


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Sovran Self Storage - SSS - cls: 38.31 chg: -0.59 stop: 40.41

Company Description:
Sovran Self Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed equity REIT that is in the business of acquiring and managing self-storage facilities. The Company operates 355 self-storage facilities in twenty-two states under the name "Uncle Bob's Self Storage". (source: company press release or website)

Why We Like It:
SSS is a self storage company that looks stuck in a bearish trend of lower highs and lower lows. The stock just produced a bull trap with a breakout over resistance at $40 and its 50-dma but this proved to be a fake. The stock has reversed and is poised to breakdown under short-term support at $38.00. We are suggesting readers short SSS at $37.90. If triggered we are listing two targets. Our first target is the $35.10 mark since the $35 level is probably round-number support. However, given the trend of lower lows we're setting a second target at $33.00. This is a little aggressive given our short-term time frame. SSS is due to report earnings on February 13th (unconfirmed) and we do not want to hold over the report. FYI: The P&F chart is bearish with a $32 target. The most recent data puts short interest at 7.2% of the 20.99 million-share float.

Picked on February 06 at $38.31
Change since picked: + 0.00
Earnings Date 02/13/08 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 170 thousand

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Xerox Corp. - XRX - cls: 15.13 chg: -0.10 stop: 16.01

Company Description:
Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) is the world's leading document management technology and services enterprise. A $17 billion company, Xerox provides the document industry's broadest portfolio of offerings. (source: company press release or website)

Why We Like It:
XRX has seen a huge rebound from its January lows and the rally stalled right at resistance in the $15.50-16.00 zone. Now shares are starting to look vulnerable again. Technical indicators are turning bearish. We are suggesting readers short XRX at $14.95. If triggered our short-term target is the $13.55 mark. We are starting with a stop loss at $16.01 but more conservative traders could try and play with a much tighter stop near $15.56. XRX's Point & Figure chart is bearish with a $10.50 target. The most recent data listed short interest at just 0.6% of the float.

Picked on February xx at $xx.xx <-- see TRIGGER
Change since picked: + 0.00
Earnings Date 01/24/08 (confirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 5.9 million
 

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