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Some of the most heavily shorted stocks in the market tend to be high-growth, momentum companies.But lately, the most shorted companies have also included those sensitive to thee global macro slowdown.
We screened the stock market to see which companies where being shorted the most (as measured by short as a percentage of float).
Description: Polymer membrane developer
Short interest: 36.69 per cent
Comment: Polypore's stock plummeted at the beginning of the month after the company reported higher costs and declining revenues.
Short interest: 37.19 per cent
Comment: Second-quarter earnings slid 49% from a prior-year glass recall settlement and increased spending on brand investments and saw barley costs rise.
Source: Dow Jones
Short interest: 38.61 per cent
Comment: A long-running member of this list, the company can't shake fears that it will be the next Circuit City. It was recently declared a takeover target.
Source: Smart Money
Description: Nutritional supplements
Short interest: 43.03 per cent
Comment: The stock continues to move in lockstep with Herbalife, whose price has yet to recover from David Einhorn's ninja-style beat down in May.
Short interest: 46.55
Comment: The company remains hamstrung by debt concerns even as confidence grows that the housing bottom has come and gone.
Source: Dow Jones
Short interest: 47.41 per cent
Comment: The company's stock has collapsed since it announced it was suspending dividends and reviewing its entire strategy.
Description: For-profit education
Short interest: 48.12 per cent
Comment: The for-profit education sector continues to get hammered. Bridgepoint's YOY income for Q2 was down 8.8 per cent.
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