Short interest figures for the end of October were released earlier this week and with that we updated our semi-monthly report on trends in short interest among sectors, groups, and individual stocks.  The table below lists the 29 stocks in the S&P 1500 which have more than 30% of their free-floating shares sold short.  For each company, we have also included its performance since the end of October.  As has been the case for well over a year now, the most heavily shorted stocks are still performing poorly.  Of the 29 names listed, their average decline month to date is -0.70% (median: -0.24%) compared to a decline of just 0.14% for the S&P 1500.  Breadth among the 29 names is mixed with fourteen stocks up and fifteen down.  Of the fifteen stocks that have traded down, a third of them are down by at least 10%.  In terms of market cap, most of the names with the highest short interest are small cap stocks, but a handful of large cap stocks also made the list.  These include GameStop (GME), Chesapeake (CHK), and Transocean (RIG).


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