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The following is an overview of the most and least shorted stocks in the S&P 500 index, based on the short ratio. The short ratio is derived by dividing the total short interest by the average daily volume for a stock.

All data sourced from Finviz.

Top 10 Most Shorted S&P 500 Stocks (Based on Short Ratio)

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1. The Washington Post Company (WPO): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $3.3B. Short float at 13.13%, which implies a short ratio of 23.73 days. The stock has lost -17.14% over the last year.

2. Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD): Department Stores Industry. Market cap of $8.17B. Short float at 10.34%, which implies a short ratio of 19.13 days. The stock has lost -30.8% over the last year.

3. Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC): General Building Materials Industry. Market cap of $5.21B. Short float at 14.57%, which implies a short ratio of 17.95 days. The stock has lost -22.48% over the last year.

4. Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE:FII): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $2.75B. Short float at 15.71%, which implies a short ratio of 17.18 days. The stock has gained 17.33% over the last year.

5. Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL): REIT. Market cap of $6.61B. Short float at 9.89%, which implies a short ratio of 14.18 days. The stock has gained 15.51% over the last year.

6. AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN): Auto Dealerships Industry. Market cap of $4.93B. Short float at 10.59%, which implies a short ratio of 13.97 days. The stock has gained 71.43% over the last year.

7. Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN): Healthcare Information Services Industry. Market cap of $9.95B. Short float at 11.89%, which implies a short ratio of 13.57 days. The stock has gained 39.73% over the last year.

8. Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST): General Building Materials Industry. Market cap of $9.77B. Short float at 7.84%, which implies a short ratio of 12.04 days. The stock has gained 26.1% over the last year.

9. Moody's Corp. (NYSE:MCO): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $8.7B. Short float at 10.88%, which implies a short ratio of 11.52 days. The stock has gained 80.13% over the last year.

10. Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE:BXP): REIT. Market cap of $15.23B. Short float at 8.48%, which implies a short ratio of 11.51 days. The stock has gained 36.5% over the last year.

Top 10 Least Shorted S&P 500 Stocks (Based on Short Ratio)

1. JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $4.7B. Short float at 2.47%, which implies a short ratio of 0.33 days. The stock has gained 74.23% over the last year.

2. Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $23.53B. Short float at 0.57%, which implies a short ratio of 0.44 days. The stock has gained 34.4% over the last year.

3. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO): Networking & Communication Devices Industry. Market cap of $91.76B. Short float at 0.88%, which implies a short ratio of 0.63 days. The stock has lost -33.01% over the last year.

4. National Semiconductor Corporation (NSM): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $5.94B. Short float at 2.39%, which implies a short ratio of 0.63 days. The stock has gained 75.97% over the last year.

5. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB): Regional Bank. Market cap of $11.46B. Short float at 0.95%, which implies a short ratio of 0.64 days. The stock has lost -10.22% over the last year.

6. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX): Copper Industry. Market cap of $44.86B. Short float at 1.39%, which implies a short ratio of 0.65 days. The stock has gained 41.68% over the last year.

7. Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC): Banking Industry. Market cap of $120.18B. Short float at 0.93%, which implies a short ratio of 0.7 days. The stock has lost -27.24% over the last year.

8. PerkinElmer Inc. (NYSE:PKI): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $3.18B. Short float at 0.92%, which implies a short ratio of 0.74 days. The stock has gained 25.23% over the last year.

9. CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI): Health Care Plans Industry. Market cap of $13.14B. Short float at 0.68%, which implies a short ratio of 0.75 days. The stock has gained 44.41% over the last year.

10. Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC): Railroads Industry. Market cap of $25.21B. Short float at 0.58%, which implies a short ratio of 0.76 days. The stock has gained 25.74% over the last year.

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