Top 25 Most Shorted NYSE Stocks As Of October 15
The most recent short interest report by stock indicates that the most hated name on the NYSE by a large margin continues to be Citigroup, whose 404 million shares short as of October 15 were an 0.8% increase from two weeks earlier. Not surprisingly, two of the top five names in the top 5 are ETFs, which are broadly used by hedge funds for nothing else but to hedge long book positions. The SPY and the IWM were at the 2nd and 4th position, respectively, although both saw a decline in their short interest which was to be expected in a time when the overall market was continuing to surge (it is of course unclear whether the offsetting single names that made up the hedge were sold off as well, and what the delta on the trade would have been, and, most importantly, how profitable it may have been). Ford and Qwest round out the top 5 names. Other notable names in the top 25 include XLF at 6th, Paulson darlings BAC and MGM at 7 and 9 (both of which saw their short interest collapse by 19.5% and 11.9%, respectively, even as maintaining a BAC short would have paid off more than handsomely into the EOM). The two names which saw the biggest increase in short interest were Alcoa and the VXX. And while some have made an issue over XRT's SI being more than 5 times its shares outstanding and float, check out the KRE Regiona Banking ETF: it has a short interest of 50 million which happens to be over 15 times its daily volume, and about 7 times it outstanding stock. Gotta love the logic of ETF share creation.
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