50 Stocks That Hedge Funds Are Shorting Like Crazy

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Goldman Sachs tracks a group of 50 stocks they like to refer to as the “Hedge Fund VISP (Very-Important-Short Position)” basket.The VISP stocks are the ones with the largest short positions against them as measured by total dollar value.  These are the stocks that investors are betting will go down the most.

And these positions have largely been paying off.

Based on year-to-date total returns, 36 of the 50 positions are in the money.

We list the stocks based on the total dollar value of the short position against them.

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title=”Staples: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
SPLS

YTD return:
-5 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent

Industry:
Specialty Stores

Source: Goldman Sachs
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permalink=”alcoa-07-billion-of-short-bets-2″
title=”Alcoa: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AA

YTD return:
2 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent

Industry:
aluminium

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”freeport-mcmoran-07-billion-of-short-bets-3″
title=”Freeport-McMoRan: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
FCX

YTD return:
-5 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Diversified Metals & Mining

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”sysco-07-billion-of-short-bets-4″
title=”Sysco: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
SYY

YTD return:
2 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent

Industry:
Food Distributors

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”comcast-07-billion-of-short-bets-5″
title=”Comcast: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CMCSA

YTD return:
33 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Cable & Satellite

Source: Goldman Sachs
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permalink=”merck-and-co-07-billion-of-short-bets-6″
title=”Merck & Co: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MRK

YTD return:
14 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs
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permalink=”fastenal-08-billion-of-short-bets-7″
title=”Fastenal: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
FAST

YTD return:
-6 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent

Industry:
Trading Companies & Distributors

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”metlife-08-billion-of-short-bets-8″
title=”MetLife: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MET

YTD return:
-3 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Life & Health Insurance

Source: Goldman Sachs
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permalink=”mcdonalds-08-billion-of-short-bets-9″
title=”McDonald’s: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MCD

YTD return:
-9 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Restaurants

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”ei-dupont-08-billion-of-short-bets-10″
title=”E.I. DuPont: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DD

YTD return:
5 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Diversified Chemicals

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”american-express-08-billion-of-short-bets-11″
title=”American Express: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AXP

YTD return:
25 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Consumer Finance

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”phillip-morris-international-08-billion-of-short-bets-12″
title=”Phillip Morris International: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
PM

YTD return:
18 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Tobacco

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”carnival-corp-08-billion-of-short-bets-13″
title=”Carnival Corp: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CCL

YTD return:
4 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent

Industry:
Hotels Resorts & Cruise Lines

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”centurylink-08-billion-of-short-bets-14″
title=”CenturyLink: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CTL

YTD return:
10 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent

Industry:
Integrated Telecom Services

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”waste-management-08-billion-of-short-bets-15″
title=”Waste Management: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
WM

YTD return:
3 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
5 per cent

Industry:
Environmental & Facilities Services

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”kohls-08-billion-of-short-bets-16″
title=”Kohl’s: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
KSS

YTD return:
-1 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent

Industry:
Department Stores

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”host-hotels-and-resorts-08-billion-of-short-bets-17″
title=”Host Hotels & Resorts: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
HST

YTD return:
8 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent

Industry:
specialised REITs

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”cerner-corp-09-billion-of-short-bets-18″
title=”Cerner Corp: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CERN

YTD return:
35 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent

Industry:
Health Care Technology

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”procter-and-gamble-09-billion-of-short-bets-19″
title=”Procter & Gamble: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
PG

YTD return:
-6 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Household Products

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”simon-property-group-09-billion-of-short-bets-20″
title=”Simon Property Group: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
SPG

YTD return:
25 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Retail REITs

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”union-pacific-09-billion-of-short-bets-21″
title=”Union Pacific: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
UNP

YTD return:
13 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Railroads

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”boston-properties-10-billion-of-short-bets-22″
title=”Boston Properties: $1.0 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
BXP

YTD return:
11 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent

Industry:
Office REITs

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”chipotle-mexican-grill-10-billion-of-short-bets-23″
title=”Chipotle Mexican Grill: $1.0 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CMG

YTD return:
14 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
8 per cent

Industry:
Restaurants

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”avalonbay-communities-10-billion-of-short-bets-24″
title=”AvalonBay Communities: $1.0 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AVB

YTD return:
12 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent

Industry:
Residential REITs

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”amgen-10-billion-of-short-bets-25″
title=”Amgen: $1.0 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AMGN

YTD return:
18 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Biotechnology

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”ups-10-billion-of-short-bets-26″
title=”UPS: $1.0 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
UPS

YTD return:
10 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Air Freight & Logistics

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”schlumberger-10-billion-of-short-bets-27″
title=”Schlumberger: $1.0 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
SLB

YTD return:
-3 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”oracle-11-billion-of-short-bets-28″
title=”Oracle: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
ORCL

YTD return:
14 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Systems Software

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”bristol-myers-squibb-11-billion-of-short-bets-29″
title=”Bristol-Myers Squibb: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
BMY

YTD return:
2 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”dell-11-billion-of-short-bets-30″
title=”Dell: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DELL

YTD return:
-16 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent

Industry:
Computer Hardware

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”home-depot-11-billion-of-short-bets-31″
title=”Home Depot: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
HD

YTD return:
25 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Home Improvement Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”lockheed-martin-11-billion-of-short-bets-32″
title=”Lockheed Martin: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
LMT

YTD return:
11 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
5 per cent

Industry:
Aerospace & defence

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”time-warner-11-billion-of-short-bets-33″
title=”Time Warner: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
TWX

YTD return:
7 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent

Industry:
Movies & Entertainment

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”walgreen-co-12-billion-of-short-bets-34″
title=”Walgreen Co: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
WAG

YTD return:
-9 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent

Industry:
Drug Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”conocophillips-12-billion-of-short-bets-35″
title=”ConocoPhillips: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
COP

YTD return:
0 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”caterpillar-12-billion-of-short-bets-36″
title=”Caterpillar: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CAT

YTD return:
-7 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Construction & Farm Machinery & Heavy Trucks

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”wal-mart-13-billion-of-short-bets-37″
title=”Wal-Mart: $1.3 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
WMT

YTD return:
22 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Hypermarkets & Super centres

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”general-electric-14-billion-of-short-bets-38″
title=”General Electric: $1.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
GE

YTD return:
14 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Industrial Conglomerates

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”coca-cola-14-billion-of-short-bets-39″
title=”Coca-Cola: $1.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
KO

YTD return:
13 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Soft Drinks

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”abbott-laboratories-14-billion-of-short-bets-40″
title=”Abbott Laboratories: $1.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
ABT

YTD return:
19 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”walt-disney-15-billion-of-short-bets-41″
title=”Walt Disney: $1.5 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DIS

YTD return:
28 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Movies & Entertainment

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”duke-energy-17-billion-of-short-bets-42″
title=”Duke Energy: $1.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DUK

YTD return:
1 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent

Industry:
Electric Utilities

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”verizon-18-billion-of-short-bets-43″
title=”Verizon: $1.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
VZ

YTD return:
16 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Integrated Telecom Services

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”chevron-21-billion-of-short-bets-44″
title=”Chevron: $2.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CVX

YTD return:
0 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Integrated Oil & Gas

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”att-23-billion-45″
title=”AT&T: $2.3 billion”
content=”Ticker:
T

YTD return:
22 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Integrated Telecom Services

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”amazoncom-24-billion-of-short-bets-46″
title=”Amazon.com: $2.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AMZN

YTD return:
30 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent

Industry:
Internet Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”ibm-24-billion-of-short-bets-47″
title=”IBM: $2.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
IBM

YTD return:
4 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
IT Consulting & Other Services

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”intel-26-billion-of-short-bets-48″
title=”Intel: $2.6 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
INTC

YTD return:
10 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Semiconductors

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”exxon-mobil-28-billion-of-short-bets-49″
title=”Exxon Mobil: $2.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
XOM

YTD return:
0 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent

Industry:
Integrated Oil & Gas

Source: Goldman Sachs
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[slide
permalink=”johnson-and-johnson-29-billion-of-short-bets-50″
title=”Johnson & Johnson: $2.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
JNJ

YTD return:
5 per cent

Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent

Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs
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