Below is a list of the Russell 3,000 stocks that are currently the most hated by investors — the most heavily shorted stocks in the index. The Russell 3,000 contains large, mid, and small cap stocks, making up roughly 98% of US equity market cap. As shown below, Sears Holdings (SHLD) is the most heavily shorted stock with more than 65% of its float sold short. With a YTD decline of 43.5%, the SHLD shorts are crushing it this year. The same is true for Weight Watchers (WTW) and Insys Therapeutics (INSY). Both of these stocks have insanely high short interest levels, and they’re both down more than 50% year-to-date.
Two more stocks in the Russell 3,000 have more than 50% of their float sold short — Adeptus Health (ADPT) and Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI). Clayton Williams is up 166% year-to-date, so this is a stock where the shorts have gotten crushed recently. A few other notables on the list of most heavily shorted stocks include Herbalife (HLF), Gogo (GOGO), Fitbit (FIT), GoPro (GPRO), Freshpet (FRPT), Shake Shack (SHAK), and recent IPO Acacia Communications (ACIA).