Goldman Sachs: the 50 stocks most shorted, most hated by hedge funds

Mom-and-pop investors like to see where the "smart money" is going, but Goldman Sachs finds the 50 stocks (with market caps over $1B) that hedge funds are heavily shorting have averaged a 30% gain YTD.

Top 10 most shorted, based on the number of funds owning the stock: EQIX, LCC, HLF, RDN, BBRY, WNR, VVUS, PHH, DECK, OUTR.

Top 10 best loved, based on the same criteria: GOOG, AAPL, AIG, C, GM, JPM, BAC, MSFT, QCOM, PFE.

Complete lists: the 50 most shorted; the 50 best loved.

Earlier: picks from Goldman's Hedge Fund Monitor.

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Comments (15)
  • Akmanscam
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    Just goes to prove that just because a hedge fund manager shorts a stock, does not mean he made the right choice. Witness Billy Ackman who is being taken to the cleaners with his reckless bet on HLF.


    WHEN YOU go long, you risk your entire investment, which is bad enough. When you short you take on infinite risk losing your entire investment PLUS much more.


    Shorting is not as predictable as some make it appear.
    21 Aug 2013, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • Dampflok
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    when you go short, you don't have an "investment" to lose, but you take unlimited risk. When you are long your risk is your investment. By the way, HLF is a scam therefore Ackman is not reckless.
    21 Aug 2013, 08:24 PM Reply Like
  • hwood007
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    I must be doing something right/wrong, only own 6 out of the 100.
    21 Aug 2013, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    21 Aug 2013, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • 12120341
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    I have six of the most loved and none of the most hated. Wonder what that means?
    21 Aug 2013, 11:40 PM Reply Like
  • cjkitch
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    Some of the bigger hedge fund managers are manipulators and gamblers...I wouldn't be following anything they are doing
    22 Aug 2013, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    "Goldman Sachs Said to Send Stock-Option Orders by Mistake"


    "A programming error at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. caused unintended stock-option orders to flood American exchanges this morning, roiling markets and shaking confidence in electronic trading infrastructure."


    “This unfortunately was an error, and in the financial world an error can be a million-dollar error,”


    "Canceling the Goldman trades won’t guarantee nobody will suffer losses, according to Ophir Gottlieb, managing director of options analytics firm Livevol Inc. in San Francisco. Market makers who hedged the options transactions in the stock market may still be at risk, he said in a telephone interview."




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    22 Aug 2013, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    "...As the cash equity markets opened in the US this morning, it appears a slew of options-based bearish bets were placed across a variety of stocks (starting with letters H to L). This slammed the Dow down into the red and to the all-important 15,000 Maginot Line. All was 'normal' until that critical indicator of 'wealth' finally broke 15,000 and almost instantly the exchanges went into "catastrophic error" mode which has resulted in trades from 0930ET to 0947ET on the CBOE being "busted". The exact time when the selling was under-way (so we can't have those sells being counted?). However, there is a rumor that what really drove it was Goldman losing millions on options trades (including JPM), and instead of the NYSE forcing the firm to eat its losses as it did with Knight, it decided to unwind 17 minutes of trades. These are the 'markets' in which investors are supposed to trade?..."

    22 Aug 2013, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    trading has been halted as of 45 mins ago...another glitch!
    22 Aug 2013, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • what do I know
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    Does your brokerage company have any connection with U.S. Treasury!
    23 Aug 2013, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    re: high speed trading errors


    This wasn't the first time..won't be last, until a glitch fix is provided


    "In Cramer's opinion, high-speed trading can be blamed for the "flash crash" of May 2010, Facebook's (FB) botched initial public offering in May, as well as the trading glitch that punched a $440 million hole in Knight Capital Group's (KCG) balance sheet and nearly sank the firm last month. Sadly, though, Cramer said few government regulators seem to care - that is, except for the Chicago Fed."


    "Jim Cramer slammed high-speed trading on Tuesday, calling it a "scourge to the individual investor."


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    22 Aug 2013, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • what do I know
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    I did not get the idea how the "best loved" happened?
    22 Aug 2013, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    'best loved'
    "based on the number of funds owning the stock"
    22 Aug 2013, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • Warren Buffett007
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    The shorts must be prohibited by law!.
    22 Aug 2013, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    VVUS not so unloved...

    22 Aug 2013, 03:39 PM Reply Like
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