Below is an updated look at the most heavily shorted stocks in the Russell 1,000.  Each of these 30 stocks has at least 15% of its equity float sold short.

At the top of the list is Nordstrom (JWN) with 38.66% of its float sold short.  With a YTD decline of 61.86%, the shorts have crushed it with JWN this year.

With its huge portfolio of office and retail real estate, Brookfield Property REIT(BPYU) has the second highest short interest in the Russell 1,000 at 33.7%.  BPYU is down 35.7% YTD.

There are plenty of other well-known companies on the list of the most heavily shorted stocks.  Examples include American Airlines (AAL), Virgin Galactic (SPCE), LendingTree (TREE), Wayfair (W), Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS), ADT, TripAdvisor (TRIP), Beyond Meat (BYND), and Kohl’s (KSS).

One name that is no longer on the list of most shorted stocks is Tesla (TSLA).  When we provided an update on short interest back in February (a pre-COVID world), Tesla (TSLA) had more than 17% of its float sold short, but that number is all the way down to 8.3% as of the most recent filing.

These 30 stocks with the highest short interest are down an average of 3.01% since last Wednesday (9/2) when the S&P 500 made its last closing high.  That’s actually a little bit better than the 3.55% average decline for the rest of the stocks in the Russell 1,000.  And year-to-date, these 30 stocks are up an average of 0.60% versus an average gain of 0.81% for the rest of the index.  That’s not much of a difference!

Below is a list of the 30 least shorted stocks in the Russell 1,000 as a percentage of equity float.  None of these stocks have more than 0.71% of their float sold short, and they’re mostly made up of more conservative names in the Health Care and Consumer Staples sectors.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has the lowest short interest as a percentage of float in the Russell 1,000 at just 0.36%.  Microsoft (MSFT) — one of the key mega-cap Tech names — has the second lowest short interest, followed by Merck (MRK), Eli Lilly (LLY), and Medtronic (MDT).

Somewhat surprisingly, Amazon (AMZN) is the sixth least shorted stock in the entire Russell 1,000.  While AMZN is still thought of as a high-flying momentum name by many investors, its short interest levels tell a much different story, painting it as more of a non-cyclical stock like Pepsi (PEP), Procter & Gamble (PG), or Coca- Cola (KO).

While the 30 most heavily shorted stocks in the Russell 1,000 are up 0.60% YTD, the 30 least shorted stocks in the index are up much more at +8%.  This group has MSFT, AMZN, HD, and AAPL to thank for that strong performance!  Click here to view Bespoke’s premium membership options for our best research available.

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