The 25 Stocks That Everyone Is Shorting Like Crazy

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The S&P 500 ended 2012 up a solid 13 per cent, which was brutal for the bears shorting the market.Maybe the shorts will have better luck this year.

We compiled a list of the 25 stocks with the highest short interest as a percentage of float.

The list includes retail giants and major homebuilders.

For your reference, we also included 1-year stock performance.

DR Horton

per cent short: 12.19

Ticker: DHI

Industry: Housing

Comment: Some analysts remain unconvinced the housing sector has turned around.

1-Year Return: +60%

Source: Bloomberg

per cent short: 12.48

Ticker: CRM

Industry: Tech

Comment: recently reported Q3 losses of $220 million.

1-Year Return: +66%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 12.59

Ticker: SPLS

Industry: Retail

Comment: Staples recently reported a net loss of $596.3 million.

1-Year Return: -15%

Source: Bloomberg

Dun & Bradstreet

per cent short: 12.95

Ticker: DNB

Industry: Data

Comment: Dun & Bradstreet recently abandoned plans to sell itself.

1-Year Return: +7%

Source: Bloomberg

Abercrombie & Fitch

per cent short: 13.09

Ticker: ANF

Industry: Retail

Comment: Among 14 retailers, Abercrombie was the only one to receive an outright 'sell' rating from a fall Citi report.

1-Year Return: 0%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 13.22

Ticker: CMG

Industry: Food

Comment: David Einhorn's recent comments about competition Chipotle will face from Taco bell continue to spook investors.

1-Year Return: -12%

Source: Bloomberg

Eaton Corp

per cent short: 13.27

Ticker: ETN

Industry: Manufacturing

Comment: Eaton just saw its quarterly revenue decline as expenses rose.

1-Year Return: +29%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 13.75

Ticker: STX

Industry: Tech

Comment: Seagate's rating was cut recently to underweight by JPMorgan over 'macroeconomic and secular factors.'

1-Year Return: +95%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 13.78

Ticker: HAS

Industry: Retail

Comment: Hasbro recently reported earnings of $164.9 million off from $171 million from Q3 2011.

1-Year Return: +18%

Source: Bloomberg

Best Buy

per cent short: 14.04

Ticker: BBY

Industry: Retail

Comment: The big box electronics retailer continues to lose business to the online competition.

1-Year Return: -47%

Source: Bloomberg

Chesapeake Energy

per cent short: 14.04

Ticker: CHK

Industry: Energy

Comment: Chesapeake failed to meet its desired price target in a recent sale of midstream assets, according to Argus Research's Phil Weiss.

1-Year Return: -24%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 14.44

Ticker: TRIP

Industry: Retail

Comment: After Priceline bought Kayak, investors believe TripAdvisor will fall behind.

1-Year Return: +66%

Source: Bloomberg

Apollo Group

per cent short: 16.51

Ticker: APOL

Industry: For-profit education

Comment: For-profit schools are constantly in the headlines as a target for increased regulation.

1-Year Return: -60%

Source: Bloomberg

Federated Investors Inc.

per cent short: 17.68

Ticker: FII

Industry: Finance

Comment: The fund management company has absolutely crushed the shorts with huge 2012 returns.

1-Year Return: +50%

Source: Bloomberg

Cliffs Natural Resources

per cent short: 19.96

Ticker: CLF

Industry: Minerals production

Comment: Cliffs was recently cut to 'sell' by Goldman over a 'relatively weak iron ore environment.'

1-Year Return: -35%

Source: Bloomberg

Frontier Communications

per cent short: 22.29

Ticker: FTR

Industry: Telecom

Comment: Frontier was the fifth-worst-performing stock during President Obama's first term.

1-Year Return: -9%

Source: Bloomberg

Advanced Micro Devices

per cent short: 24.06

Ticker: AMD

Industry: Tech

Comment: The shift away from personal computing has driven down AMD's stock down 60 per cent this year.

1-Year Return: -56%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 24.45

Ticker: LEN

Industry: Housing

Comment: Similar to D.R. Horton, some analysts remain unconvinced the housing sector has turned around.

1-Year Return: +98%

Source: Bloomberg

US Steel

per cent short: 25.3

Ticker: X

Industry: Manufacturing

Comment: Steel's Q3 revenues came in -8% compared to the same period in 2011.

1-Year Return: -9%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 26.97

Ticker: NFLX

Industry: Tech

Comment: Rival Redbox just began operating a new video streaming service.

1-Year Return: +34%

Source: Bloomberg

Pitney Bowes

per cent short: 30.5

Ticker: PBI

Industry: Mail and document services

Comment: Pitney's third-quarter profit fell 56%.

1-Year Return: -36%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 33.45

Ticker: SWY

Industry: Supermarket

Comment: Safeway's Q3 revenues fell short of expectations.

1-Year Return: -11%

Source: Bloomberg


per cent short: 36.47

Ticker: GME

Industry: Retail

Comment: YOY video game sales fell 11 per cent in November.

1-Year Return: +8%

Source: Bloomberg

JC Penney

per cent short: 42.94

Ticker: JCP

Industry: Retail

Comment: Some analysts have taken an extremely bearish view of CEO Ron Johnson's turnaround attempts.

1-Year Return: -43%

Source: Bloomberg

First Solar

per cent short: 43.05

Ticker: FSLR

Industry: Energy

Comment: First Solar's Q3 earnings dropped 55% on restructuring charges.

1-Year Return: -9%

Source: Bloomberg

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