21 Large-Cap Stocks Insiders And Short Sellers Are Dumping Like Crazy

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 |  Includes: ALTR, ALXN, AZO, CERN, CF, CMG, CVS, GMCR, GWW, HCP, IP, ISRG, KR, M, PCLN, SPG, TJX, VFC, VRTX, WFM, WM
by: Insider Monkey

Corporate insiders have material non-public information and they sometimes trade based on such information. Other times they have an edge because they know their companies and industries better than almost all other investors. Therefore, by imitating the insiders, investors are more likely to beat the market.

Below we compiled a list of large cap stocks insiders and short sellers are insanely dumping. All companies have at least $10 billion market cap, at least 3% short interest, and the short interest is increasing during the past month. At least three insiders sold the stock during the past three months.

Company Name

Symbol

Short Interest

Change in Short Interest

No. of Insiders

GREEN MOUNTAIN

GMCR

10.04%

4.69%

11

WASTE MAN

WM

7.59%

6.01%

8

PRICELINE.COM

PCLN

7.39%

15.96%

8

V.F. CORP

VFC

3.60%

7.25%

8

TJX COMPANIES

TJX

3.22%

4.42%

7

ALEXION PHARMA

ALXN

3.16%

65.00%

7

WHOLE FOODS

WFM

3.91%

20.69%

7

CF INDUSTRIES

CF

4.07%

14.68%

6

INTUITIVE SURGICAL

ISRG

4.26%

7.56%

6

HCP INC

HCP

7.49%

7.30%

5

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN

CMG

10.01%

6.37%

5

CERNER CORP

CERN

10.14%

8.66%

5

VERTEX PHARMA

VRTX

4.23%

3.45%

5

ALTERA CORP

ALTR

3.87%

12.34%

5

MACY'S INC

M

3.41%

11.95%

4

KROGER CO.

KR

3.23%

28.40%

4

AUTOZONE INC

AZO

3.27%

10.50%

4

GRAINGER (W W)

GWW

5.00%

6.37%

3

SIMON PROPERTY

SPG

4.28%

7.15%

3

INTL PAPER

IP

3.91%

20.69%

3

CVS CAREMARK

CVS

3.33%

110.00%

3

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Most of these stocks have tremendous returns since the beginning of this year, even when the market was down about 9%. However, insiders and short sellers do not believe such return will continue and are dumping them. Here are the top 10 stocks on the list with the most insider sells.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffee maker businesses. GMCR has a short interest of 10.04% and its short interest increased by 4.69% in the past month. It was sold by 11 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $16.8B, a P/E ratio of 102, and returned 219.33% since the beginning of this year. Steven Cohen reduced his position in GMCR by 40% in the second quarter (check out Steve Cohen’s top stock picks).

Waste Management Inc.: Waste Management is a provider of waste management services in North America. WM has a short interest of 7.59% and its short interest increased by 6.01% in the past month. It was sold by 8 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $14B, a P/E ratio of 14.6, and lost 17.24% since the beginning of this year. D. E. Shaw reduced his position in WM by 44% during the second quarter.

Priceline.com Inc.: Priceline.com is a global online travel company. PCLN has a short interest of 7.39% and its short interest increased by 15.96% in the past month. It was sold by 8 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $26.4B, a P/E ratio of 36.4, and returned 27.71% since the beginning of this year. Ken Griffin held $184 million PCLN Puts in his portfolio (check out Griffin’s top stock picks).

VF Corp.: VF is a global apparel company based in the United States. VFC has a short interest of 3.60% and its short interest increased by 7.25% in the past month. It was sold by 8 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $13.3B, a P/E ratio of 20.8, and returned 42.77% since the beginning of this year.

TJX Companies Inc.: TJX is an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and worldwide. TJX has a short interest of 3.22% and its short interest increased by 4.42% in the past month. It was sold by 7 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $21.5B, a P/E ratio of 16.9, and returned 30.28% since the beginning of this year. D.E. Shaw reduced his position in TJX by 38% over the second quarter (check out Shaw’s top stock picks).

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.: Alexion is a biopharmaceutical company. AXLN has a short interest of 3.16% and its short interest increased by 65.00% in the past month. It was sold by 7 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $12.1B, a P/E ratio of 105.4, and returned 61.57% since the beginning of this year.

Whole Foods Market Inc.: Whole Foods Market is a natural and organic foods supermarket. WFM has a short interest of 3.91% and its short interest increased by 20.69% in the past month. It was sold by 7 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $12.4B, a P/E ratio of 37.1, and returned 38.96% since the beginning of this year. Ken Griffin reduced his position in WFM by 13% in the second quarter.

CF Industries Holdings Inc.: CF Holdings is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products. CF has a short interest of 4.07% and its short interest increased by 14.68% in the past month. It was sold by 6 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $11B, a P/E ratio of 10.4, and returned 12.72% since the beginning of this year.

Intuitive Surgical Inc.: Intuitive Surgical designs, manufactures and markets da Vinci Surgical Systems, which are advanced surgical systems. ISRG has a short interest of 4.26% and its short interest increased by 7.56% in the past month. It was sold by 6 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $14.9B, a P/E ratio of 34.5, and returned 41.37% since the beginning of this year. Jim Simons reduced his position in ISRG by 32% over the second quarter (check out Simons’ top stock picks).

HCP Inc.: HCP is a real estate investment trust. HCP has a short interest of 7.49% and its short interest increased by 7.30% in the past month. It was sold by 5 insiders over the past three months. It has a market cap of $14.4B, a P/E ratio of 30.7, and lost 1.28% since the beginning of this year. D.E. Shaw reduced his HCP position by 44% over the second quarter.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.