50 Stocks That Hedge Funds Are Shorting Like Crazy

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Goldman Sachs’ Hedge Fund Trend Monitor report takes a close look at what the world’s biggest hedge funds are trading.The report includes the Very Important Short Positions (VISP) — stocks in which have the most short interest outstanding.

It’s interesting to note that while the largest company by market value (Apple) is high on the list of stocks loved by hedge funds, the second largest company (ExxonMobil) ranks #2 on the list of stocks being shorted.

We pulled the 50 stocks on Goldman’s VISP list and ranked them by the total dollar value of short interest — the extent to which investors have been betting against the stock. Also included are the short interest expressed as a percentage of float cap, the YTD return, and the stock’s ticker and sector.

50. Texas Instruments

Ticker: TXN

YTD return: 10%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Semiconductors

Source: Goldman Sachs

49. Hess Corp.

Ticker: HES

YTD return: 29%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 4%

Industry: Integrated oil and gas

Source: Goldman Sachs

48. Range Resources

Ticker: RRC

YTD return: 14%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 7%

Industry: Oil and gas exploration and production

Source: Goldman Sachs

47. Host Hotels & Resorts

Ticker: HST

YTD return: 9%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: specialised REITs

Source: Goldman Sachs

46. Tiffany & Co.

Ticker: TIF

YTD return: 11%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 10%

Industry: Speciality retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

45. AutoZone Inc.

Ticker: AZO

YTD return: 5%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: Automotive retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

44. Fastenal Co.

Ticker: FAST

YTD return: 13%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: Trading companies and distributors

Source: Goldman Sachs

43. H. J. Heinz Co.

Ticker: HNZ

YTD return: 26%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 4%

Industry: Packaged foods and meats

Source: Goldman Sachs

42. Valero Energy Corp.

Ticker: VLO

YTD return: 39%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 3%

Industry: Oil and gas refining and marketing

Source: Goldman Sachs

41. Kimberly-Clark

Ticker: KBM

YTD return: 7%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Household products

Source: Goldman Sachs

40. MetLife Inc

Ticker: MET

YTD return: 12%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Life and health insurance

Source: Goldman Sachs

39. DirecTV

Ticker: DTV

YTD return: 0%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 3%

Industry: Cable and satellite

Source: Goldman Sachs

38. Target Corp.

Ticker: TGT

YTD return: 7%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: General merchandise stores

Source: Goldman Sachs

37. Phillip Morris Intl

Ticker: PM

YTD return: 8%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Tobacco

Source: Goldman Sachs

36. Omnicom Group

Ticker: OMC

YTD return: 15%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: Advertising

Source: Goldman Sachs

35. Halliburton

Ticker: HAL

YTD return: 25%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Oil and gas equipment and services

Source: Goldman Sachs

34. Merck & Co Inc

Ticker: MRK

YTD return: 1%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

33. Mylan Inc.

Ticker: MYL

YTD return: 6%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 8%

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

32. Home Depot

Ticker: HD

YTD return: 9%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Home improvement retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

31. United Technologies

Ticker: UTX

YTD return: 10%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Aerospace and defence

Source: Goldman Sachs

30. Comcast Corp.

Ticker: CMCSA

YTD return: 8%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Cable and satellite

Source: Goldman Sachs

29. Aetna Inc.

Ticker: AET

YTD return: 8%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: Managed health care

Source: Goldman Sachs

28. M&T Bank Corp.

Ticker: MTB

YTD return: 6%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 8%

Industry: Regional banks

Source: Goldman Sachs

27. Time Warner

Ticker: TWX

YTD return: 12%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Movies and entertainment

Source: Goldman Sachs

26. 3M Co.

Ticker: MMM

YTD return: 11%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

Source: Goldman Sachs

25. Schlumberger Ltd.

Ticker: SLB

YTD return: 18%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Oil and gas equipment and services

Source: Goldman Sachs

24. Hartford Financial Svc. Gp.

Ticker: HIG

YTD return: 9%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 9%

Industry: Multi-line insurance

Source: Goldman Sachs

23. Sysco Corp.

Ticker: SYY

YTD return: 2%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 5%

Industry: Food distributors

Source: Goldman Sachs

22. EMC Corp.

Ticker: EMC

YTD return: -5%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Computer storage and peripherals

Source: Goldman Sachs

21. ConocoPhillips

Ticker: COP

YTD return: 1%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Oil and gas exploration and production

Source: Goldman Sachs

20. Coca-Cola Co.

Ticker: KO

YTD return: 2%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Soft drinks

Source: Goldman Sachs

19. E.I. DuPont

Ticker: DD

YTD return: 6%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 3%

Industry: Diversified chemicals

Source: Goldman Sachs

18. McDonald's Corp.

Ticker: MCD

YTD return: 6%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Restaurants

Source: Goldman Sachs

17. Intuitive Surgical

Ticker: ISRG

YTD return: 16%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: Health care equipment

Source: Goldman Sachs

16. Hewlett-Packard

Ticker: HPQ

YTD return: 20%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 4%

Industry: Computer hardware

Source: Goldman Sachs

15. Bristol-Myers Squibb

Ticker: BMY

YTD return: 13%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

14. CenturyLink

Ticker: CTL

YTD return: -18%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 6%

Industry: Integrated telecommunication services

Source: Goldman Sachs

13. Wal-Mart Stores

Ticker: WMT

YTD return: 4%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Hypermarkets and super centres

Source: Goldman Sachs

12. Procter & Gamble

Ticker: PG

YTD return: 14%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Household products

Source: Goldman Sachs

11. General Electric

Ticker: GE

YTD return: 12%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Industrial conglomerates

Source: Goldman Sachs

10. Amgen Inc.

Ticker: AMGN

YTD return: -1%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 3%

Industry: Biotechnology

Source: Goldman Sachs

9. Caterpillar

Ticker: CAT

YTD return: 7%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 3%

Industry: Construction and farm machinery, heavy trucks

Source: Goldman Sachs

8. Verizon

Ticker: VZ

YTD return: 4%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Integrated telecommunications services

Source: Goldman Sachs

7. Walt Disney

Ticker: DIS

YTD return: 10%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 2%

Industry: Movies and entertainment

Source: Goldman Sachs

6. Chevron Corp.

Ticker: CVX

YTD return: 8%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Integrated oil and gas

Source: Goldman Sachs

5. Gilead Sciences

Ticker: GILD

YTD return: 13%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 4%

Industry: Biotechnology

Source: Goldman Sachs

4. AT&T Inc.

Ticker: T

YTD return: 6%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Integrated telecommunication services

Source: Goldman Sachs

3. International Business Machines

Ticker: IBM

YTD return: 5%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: IT consulting and other services

Source: Goldman Sachs

2. Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ticker: XOM

YTD return: 3%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 1%

Industry: Integrated oil and gas

Source: Goldman Sachs

1. Intel Corp.

Ticker: INTC

YTD return: 4%

Short interest as a percentage of float: 4%

Industry: Semiconductors

Source: Goldman Sachs

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