The 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 hedge funds have the most short interest outstanding.

Considering the relatively strong performance of the stock market this year, these short positions have done pretty well.

Year-to-date, a portfolio of VISP stocks is up 7.4 per cent.

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 hedge fund managers 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.

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title=”Mylan Inc: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MYL
YTD return:
+19 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent
Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Aetna Inc: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AET
YTD return:
-2 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
5%
Industry:
Managed Health Care

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Progressive Corp: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
PGR
YTD return:
+16 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent
Industry:
Property & Casualty Insurance

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Halliburton: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
HAL
YTD return:
-11 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Lockheed Martin: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
LMT
YTD return:
+12 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Aerospace & defence

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Walgreen Co: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
WAG
YTD return:
0 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Drug Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”AutoZone Inc: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AZO
YTD return:
+15 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
5 per cent
Industry:
Automotive Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”NextEra Energy Inc: $0.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
NEE
YTD return:
+12 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Electric Utilities

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Newmont Mining: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
NEM
YTD return:
-23 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Gold

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Southwestern Energy: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
SWN
YTD return:
+8 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent
Industry:
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”M&T Bank Corp: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MTB
YTD return:
+30 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
6 per cent
Industry:
Regional Banks

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”3M Co: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MMM
YTD return:
+10 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Industrial Conglomerates

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Eli Lilly & Co: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
LLY
YTD return:
+16 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Moody’s Corp: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MCO
YTD return:
+38 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
9 per cent
Industry:
specialised Finance

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”H.J. Heinz Co: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
HNZ
YTD return:
+10 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent
Industry:
Packaged Foods & Meats

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Time Warner Cable: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
TWC
YTD return:
+46 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Cable & Satellite

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”range-resources-08-billion-of-short-bets-17″
title=”Range Resources: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
RRC
YTD return:
+9 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
8 per cent
Industry:
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”seagate-technology-08-billion-of-short-bets-18″
title=”Seagate Technology: $0.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
STX
YTD return:
+70 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
9 per cent
Industry:
Computer Storage & Peripherals

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”cerner-corp-09-billion-of-short-bets-19″
title=”Cerner Corp: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CERN
YTD return:
+70 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
8 per cent
Industry:
Health Care Technology

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”avalonbay-communities-09-billion-of-short-bets-20″
title=”AvalonBay Communities: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AVB
YTD return:
0 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent
Industry:
Residential REITs

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”oreilly-automotive-09-billion-of-short-bets-21″
title=”O’Reilly Automotive: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
ORLY
YTD return:
+12 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
9 per cent
Industry:
Automotive Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”MetLife Inc: $0.9 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=”deere-and-co-09-billion-of-short-bets-23″
title=”Deere & Co: $0.9 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DE
YTD return:
+12 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Construction & Farm Machinery & Heavy Trucks

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”home-depot-1-billion-of-short-bets-24″
title=”Home Depot: $1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
HD
YTD return:
+48 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Home Improvement Retail

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”centurylink-1-billion-of-short-bets-25″
title=”CenturyLink: $1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CTL
YTD return:
+7 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent
Industry:
Integrated Telecommunication Services

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”sysco-corp-1-billion-of-short-bets-26″
title=”Sysco Corp: $1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
SYY
YTD return:
+6 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
5 per cent
Industry:
Food Distributors

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”comcast-corp-11-billion-of-short-bets-27″
title=”Comcast Corp: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CMCSA
YTD return:
+50 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Cable & Satellite

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”coca-cola-co-11-billion-of-short-bets-28″
title=”Coca-Cola Co: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
KO
YTD return:
+6 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Soft Drinks

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”oracle-corp-11-billion-of-short-bets-29″
title=”Oracle Corp: $1.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
ORCL
YTD return:
+18 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Systems Software

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”E.I. DuPont: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DD
YTD return:
-5 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Diversified Chemicals

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”McDonald’s Corp: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MCD
YTD return:
-14 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Restaurants

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”pioneer-natural-resources-12-billion-of-short-bets-32″
title=”Pioneer Natural Resources: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
PXD
YTD return:
+15 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
9 per cent
Industry:
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Merck & Co Inc: $1.2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MRK
YTD return:
+17 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Altria Group: $1.3 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
MO
YTD return:
+7 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Tobacco

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”time-warner-13-billion-of-short-bets-35″
title=”Time Warner: $1.3 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
TWX
YTD return:
+24 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Movies & Entertainment

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”bristol-myers-squibb-13-billion-of-short-bets-36″
title=”Bristol-Myers Squibb: $1.3 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
BMY
YTD return:
-9 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Pharmaceuticals

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”amgen-inc-13-billion-of-short-bets-37″
title=”Amgen Inc: $1.3 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
AMGN
YTD return:
+34 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Biotechnology

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Hewlett-Packard: $1.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
HPQ
YTD return:
-48 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
5 per cent
Industry:
Computer Hardware

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Procter & Gamble: $1.4 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
PG
YTD return:
+3 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Household Products

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”ConocoPhillips: $1.5 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
COP
YTD return:
+3 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”intuitive-surgical-15-billion-of-short-bets-41″
title=”Intuitive Surgical: $1.5 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
ISRG
YTD return:
+13 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
7 per cent
Industry:
Health Care Equipment

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”caterpillar-15-billion-of-short-bets-42″
title=”Caterpillar: $1.5 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CAT
YTD return:
-8 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
3 per cent
Industry:
Construction & Farm Machinery & Heavy Trucks

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”wal-mart-stores-16-billion-of-short-bets-43″
title=”Wal-Mart Stores: $1.6 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
WMT
YTD return:
+17 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Hypermarkets & Super centres

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”ford-motor-co-16-billion-of-short-bets-44″
title=”Ford Motor Co: $1.6 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
F
YTD return:
0 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent
Industry:
Automobile Manufacturers

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”att-inc-17-billion-of-short-bets-45″
title=”AT&T Inc: $1.7 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
T
YTD return:
+16 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Integrated Telecommunication Services

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”walt-disney-18-billion-of-short-bets-46″
title=”Walt Disney: $1.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
DIS
YTD return:
+27 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Movies & Entertainment

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Chevron Corp: $1.8 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
CVX
YTD return:
-1 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
1 per cent
Industry:
Integrated Oil & Gas

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Gilead Sciences: $2 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
GILD
YTD return:
+78%
Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent
Industry:
Biotechnology

Source: Goldman Sachs

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permalink=”verizon-communications-21-billion-of-short-bets-49″
title=”Verizon Communications: $2.1 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
VZ
YTD return:
+9 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
2 per cent
Industry:
Integrated Telecommunication Services

Source: Goldman Sachs

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title=”Intel Corp: $4.3 billion of short bets”
content=”Ticker:
INTC
YTD return:
-15 per cent
Short interest as a % of float:
4 per cent
Industry:
Semiconductors

Source: Goldman Sachs

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