Short interest figures for the middle of January were released after the close on Friday. Below we list the most heavily shorted stocks (as a percentage of float) in the S&P 1500. As shown, there are currently 33 stocks whose short interest as a percentage of float exceeds 25%.
Of these 33 names, 18 are from the S&P 600 small-cap index,10 are from the S&P 400 mid-cap index, while just five are large- cap stocks. The three most heavily shorted names are Spectrum Pharma (51.85%), Blyth (51.75%), and Questcor (51.23%). They are also all small-cap stocks.
Outside of these three names, J.C. Penney (JCP) is the most heavily shorted large-cap stock with 46.11% of its float sold short, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) is the most heavily shorted mid-cap stock with 43.68% of its float sold short.