After the Dow DOW and S&P hit new record highs last week, the major indices traded with muted losses. Investors are eagerly anticipating the start of earnings season, as well as the release of potentially market-moving inflation data. There are some strong tailwinds also for recovery plays, despite their minor declines today. Vaccinations are ramping up, and if this pace keeps up, over half of adult Americans could have at least one vaccine dose by the end of the week. Fed Chair Jay Powell also made media rounds and said that the Fed will not hike interest rates until inflation exceeds 2% for an extended period of time. The Dow Jones fell 20 points, the S&P 500 declined less than 0.1%, and the Nasdaq NDAQ dipped 0.2%. If you’re looking for a way to play this market, the deep learning algorithms at Q.ai have crunched the data to give you a set of Top Shorts. Our Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) systems assessed each firm on parameters of Technicals, Growth, Low Volatility Momentum, and Quality Value to find the best short plays.

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Bandwidth Inc (BAND)

Bandwidth Inc is our first Top Short today. Bandwidth Inc is a Communications Platform as a Service company, and sells software application programming interfaces for voice and messaging, using their own IP voice network. Our AI systems rated the company F in Technicals, D in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and D in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.03% to $128.56 on volume of 259,221 vs its 10-day price average of $123.47 and its 22-day price average of $124.91, and is down 18.87% for the year. Revenue was $343.11M in the last fiscal year compared to $204.11M three years ago, Operating Income was $(0.6)M in the last fiscal year compared to $7.44M three years ago, EPS was $(1.83) in the last fiscal year compared to $0.85 three years ago, and ROE was (12.56%) in the last year compared to 19.33% three years ago.

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Liveperson Inc (LPSN)

Software company Liveperson Inc LPSN  is our next Top Short for the third day in a row. Liveperson develops conversational commerce and AI software, and is best known as the developer of the Conversational Cloud, a software platform that allows consumers to message directly with brands. Our AI systems rated the company D in Technicals, D in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and D in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.12% to $56.83 on volume of 326,691 vs its 10-day price average of $54.65 and its 22-day price average of $54.58, and is down 7.02% for the year. Revenue was $366.62M in the last fiscal year compared to $249.84M three years ago, Operating Income was $(54.63)M in the last fiscal year compared to $(15.14)M three years ago, EPS was $(1.63) in the last fiscal year compared to $(0.42) three years ago, and ROE was (54.83%) in the last year compared to (16.11%) three years ago.

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Live Nation Entertainment (LYV)

Live Nation Entertainment LYV is our third Top Short today. Live Nation Entertainment is an entertainment company specializing in live events and concerts. This company could benefit greatly from the acceleration and increased access of vaccines reopening the country. Our AI systems rated Live Nation D in Technicals, F in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and F in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.15% to $86.0 on volume of 1,452,575 vs its 10-day price average of $85.82 and its 22-day price average of $85.99, and is up 21.69% for the year. Revenue was $1861.18M in the last fiscal year compared to $10787.8M three years ago, Operating Income was $(1653.51)M in the last fiscal year compared to $307.53M three years ago, EPS was $(8.12) in the last fiscal year compared to $(0.09) three years ago, and ROE was (178.13%) in the last year compared to 5.42% three years ago.

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Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V (PLYA)

Playa Hotels & Resorts is our fourth Top Short today. The company is a travel and hospitality company, and boasts all-inclusive oceanfront resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen and Cap Cana. Our AI systems rated Playa Hotels & Resorts B in Technicals, F in Growth, D in Low Volatility Momentum, and F in Quality Value. The stock closed down 3.05% to $7.3 on volume of 884,208 vs its 10-day price average of $7.34 and its 22-day price average of $7.5, and is up 33.94% for the year. Revenue was $271.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $616.04M three years ago, Operating Income was $(135.39)M in the last fiscal year compared to $90.27M three years ago, EPS was $(1.98) in the last fiscal year compared to $0.16 three years ago, and ROE was (38.09%) in the last year compared to 2.64% three years ago.

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Western Digital Corp (WDC)

Computing company Western Digital WDC  is our final Top Short today. Western Digital is best known for designing, manufacturing, and selling data technology products such as storage devices, data center systems, and cloud storage services. Out AI systems rated the company C in Technicals, F in Growth, D in Low Volatility Momentum, and D in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.01% to $72.93 on volume of 2,352,968 vs its 10-day price average of $69.92 and its 22-day price average of $68.9, and is up 39.63% for the year. Operating Income grew by 65.22% in the last fiscal year, while EPS grew by -165.94% in the last fiscal year. Revenue was $16736.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $20647.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $368.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $3830.0M three years ago, EPS was $(0.84) in the last fiscal year compared to $2.2 three years ago, and ROE was (2.56%) in the last year compared to 5.88% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 9.81% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 14.18.

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