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Here are five S&P mid-cap stocks with extraordinarily high short interest:

Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS): The Plano, Texas,-based company provides data-driven and transaction-based marketing solutions and customer loyalty solutions. The company has 50.39 million shares float: 36.8% of the shares float are short, or 18.458 million are shares short.

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Boyd Gaming Corp (NYSE:BYD): The Las Vegas, Nev.,-based company specializes in casino and gaming operations. The company has 54.47 million shares float: 33.3% of the shares float are short, or 18.1558 million are shares short.

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Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN): The Linthicum, Md.,-based company provides communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic. The company has 85.88 million shares float: 32.7% of the shares float are short, or 28.1394 million are shares short.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR): The Waterbury, Vt.,-based specialty coffee company is a distributor and marketer of its own coffee labels, as well as a manufacturer of coffee brewing systems. The company has 103.42 million shares float: 27.6% of the shares float are short, or 28.5521 million are shares short.

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Rackspace Hosting Inc (NYSE:RAX): The San Antonio, Texas,-based IT hosting and cloud computing company has 97.87 million shares float: 23.5% of the shares float are short, 23.0317 million are shares short.

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Short interest can be determined by dividing the number of shares being sold short (i.e. a bet on the downward direction of the stock) by the number of shares being float to the public.

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