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Short interest figures for the month of October were released Wednesday night, and in the table below we highlight the 25 stocks in the S&P 1500 with at least 25% of their free floating shares sold short. Diamond Foods (DMND) tops the list with an astounding 53.2% of its float sold short, and is followed by KB Home (KBH), Ebix (EBIX), Savient (SVNT), and First Solar (FSLR). Consumer Discretionary is the most heavily represented sector with 15 out of 25 names on the list. The most noteworthy aspect of the list, however, is how much these stocks are down on the year. Of the 25 names shown, the average year to date return is a decline of 25.27%, with only five names up on the year!

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Source: The Most Heavily Shorted S&P 1500 Stocks