The 15 Stocks That People Are Shorting Like Crazy

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Based on “short interest” you can find out which stocks investors are most bearish on, and betting are most likely to do down.When last we checked in on the 15 stocks the market currently loves to hate, little-known Canadian retailer Teavana topped the list, with big-box retailers and for-profit education firms also suffering.

Since then, Radioshack and Teavana saw enough improvement to fall off this month’s list. 

As for everyone else?

Read on.

 

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.

Ticker:
OSG

Short per cent of float:
35.43 per cent

One-month return:
-10.93 per cent

Sector:
Oil tanker developer

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The stock has been pulverized by falling oil prices.

Source: Yahoo

Higher One Holdings Inc.

Ticker:
ONE

Short per cent of float:
35.63 per cent

One-month return:
-21.00 per cent

Sector:
Higher education payment systems

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The stock was downgraded last month by Barrington. Investors remain spooked by uncertainty in the for-profit education business.

Source: Yahoo

USANA Health Sciences

Ticker:
USNA

Short per cent of float:
35.81 per cent

One-month return:
+7.83 per cent

Sector:
Vitamin and nutritional supplements

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The company continues to experience residual fallout from David Einhorn's blistering attack on fellow supplement developer Herbalife. Seeking Alpha has said USNA 'allegedly appears to be bending the rules' on reporting sales even worse than HLF.

Source: Motley Fool

InvenSense Inc.

Ticker:
INVN

Short per cent of float:

35.91 per cent

One-month return:
+7.83 per cent

Sector:
Motion sensor chip maker

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The stock's been hit by Android jitters. Plus, its biggest competitor just sued them.

Source: Motley Fool

The Boston Beer Co Inc.

Ticker:
SAM

Short per cent of float:
35.93 per cent

One-month return:
-4.42 per cent

Sector:
Adult beverages

On last month's list?
No.

Notes: The company recently revised capital expenditure forecasts dramatically upward; according to Seeking Alpha, capex usually hovers around $20-$30M, but the company now projects around $50M.

Source: Seeking Alpha

Molycorp Inc.

Ticker:
MCP

Short per cent of float:
30.13 per cent

One-month return:
-25.34 per cent

Sector:
Rare earths mining

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: According to Seeking Alpha the company suffers from high price to earnings ratio, price to book value and lack of dividend.

Source: Seeking Alpha

ITT Educational Services

Ticker:
ESI

Short per cent of float:
39.13 per cent

One-month return:
-10.87 per cent

Sector:
For-profit education

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: Like Higher One, the company is feeling the effects of federal scrutiny on the for-profit education industry.

Source: Yahoo

American Greetings Corp.

Ticker:
AM

Previous closing price:
$14.01

One-month return:
-7.52 per cent

Sector:
Greeting card manufacturer

On last month's list?
No.

Notes: A British greeting card counterpart recently filed for bankruptcy protection as it was unable to repay a loan to AM. The company is also facing higher cost pressures.

Source: Marketwatch

SUPERVALU Inc.

Ticker:
SVU

Previous closing price:
$4.29

One-month return:
-22.56 per cent

Sector:
Supermarkets

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The Minnesota-based chain is in freefall. Goldman recently issued a 'sell' rating, and the company had been near of the top of the S&P's worst-performers list for the past 12 months before it was replaced outright by Phillips66 on May 1.

Source: Zacks

Kinder Morgan

Ticker:
KMI

Short per cent of float:
40.53 per cent

One-month return:
-8.23 per cent

Sector:
Energy

On last month's list?
No.

Notes: The market has ended its honeymoon with the Houston-based firm after giving it a boost upon its acquisition of El Paso in April.

Source: Yahoo

GameStop Corp.

Ticker:
GME

Previous closing price:
$19.20

One-month return:
-12.05 per cent

Sector:
Video game retailer

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The market continues to punish the brick and mortar retailer. CNBC also named the company in a recent report on the 'shrinking' video game market.

Source: Yahoo

Barnes & Noble Inc.

Ticker:
BKS

Short per cent of float:
49.47 per cent

One-month return:
-14.24 per cent

Sector:
Bookseller

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The world awaits with baitedbreath what the future will have in store for the legendary bookseller. The fact that the most recent article on Yahoo in which they feature discusses a new retailer coming into a space they recently vacated pretty much sums things up.

Source: Yahoo

hhgregg Inc.

Ticker:
HGG

Short per cent of float:
53.86 per cent

One-month return:
+2.09 per cent

Sector:
Electronics retailer

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The big box retailer topped our list last month. Pressure has eased somewhat but, they were recently described as 'haggard' by Motley Fool.

Source: Yahoo

KB Home

Ticker:
KBH

Short per cent of float:
54.03 per cent

One-month return:
-15.26 per cent

Sector:
Homebuilding

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The market continues to single out the California-based homebuilder as the housing market bottom calls pile up.

Source: Yahoo

Bridgepoint Education Inc.

Ticker:
BPI

Short per cent of float:
54.80 per cent

One-month return:
-9.38 per cent

Sector:
For-profit education

On last month's list?
Yes.

Notes: The market consensus appears to be that the San Diego-based firm has the most to lose from the regulatory hammer dropping on the for-profit education industry.

Source: Yahoo

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