Below is a list of the stocks in the Russell 1,000 with the highest short interest as a percentage of float (SIPF). For each stock we also provide its year-to-date change as well as its change since the start of the month. Generally when the market is rising, the most heavily shorted stocks outperform, and we've seen that so far this month as well.
In the Russell 1,000, AutoNation (NYSE:AN) has the highest short interest as a percentage of float at 40.74%. With a gain of 25%, AN has hit the shorts pretty hard year to date. Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) and MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) rank second and third in terms of short interest and are the only other names with SIPF above 30%. SunPower (SPWRA) and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) round out the top five with SIPF of 27.65% and 26.05% respectively.
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), MBIA (NYSE:MBI), and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) are all on the list as well, and the shorts have gotten killed in these names this year. All are up more than 100% year to date. Shorts have had a field day this year with SunPower (SPWRA) (down 52%), Comstock (NYSE:CRK) (down 48%), and ITT Education (NYSE:ESI) (down 43.7%). Some other notable names on the list include Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ:GMCR), US Steel (NYSE:X), First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR), Jefferies (JEF), AIG, Newell Rubermaid (NYSE:NWL), and Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN).
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