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What: Shares of snack producer Diamond Foods
So what: SunTrust analysts reiterated their buy rating of the stock, noting that "recent concerns are overblown." In particular, SunTrust expects the acquisition of Procter & Gamble's
Now what: A staggering 75% of Diamond's float was sold short as of mid-November, but share prices have fallen another 15% since then. It's reasonable to expect that a few short-sellers are taking profits here, boosting the analyst effect a bit further. An accounting scandal involving payments to walnut growers has brought on a flurry of shareholder lawsuits, internal audits, and other investigations, slicing share prices in half since late October. Those shorts are bound to cover their bets at some point. If you think the worst is over, this could be a terrific buy-in point -- I'm putting my CAPS rating where my mouth is and placing an "outperform" CAPScall on Diamond Foods right now.
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