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These Are The Stocks Most Hated By Hedge Funds: Let The Squeeze Begin

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In a world in which the bipolar, schizophrenic markets are dominated by Mrs. Watanabe's daily gyrations of the USDJPY (in response to Kuroda's daily jawboning) which in turn has become the primary signal feeding ES algos now that fundamentals are no longer relevant and that the EURUSD-ES correlation is dead and burried, there continues to be one, almost assured way to generate alpha for those so inclined to gamble with the fastest of the vacuum tubes out there: going long the most shorted stocks, which have become the most convex way of betting that Ben Bernanke will continue to dominate the hedge fund league tables as the world's most accomplished portfolio and risk manager.

Indeed, using our previous representations (Q3 2012, Q4 2012) of the most shorted stocks to generate a "long basket" and sitting it out, has generated some 40%+ annualized returns without fail. Which is why it is now time to look at the most recent roster of stocks most hated by the hedge fund community, which slowly but surely is converting into the much maligned "long onlies" as abandoning hedges is the only way to at least catch up with the market, if not overtake it.

This time, however, instead of looking at the most shorted overall names, we focus on two universes: those companies under $1 billion in market cap most shorted by hedge funds only (i.e., those who have to cover to minimize the Fear Of Missing Out), as well as the larger, $1+ billion market cap companies.

Under $1 billion:

Over $1 billion:

Let the short squeeze begin.

Source: Goldman


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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:52 | Link to Comment transaccountin
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how bout gold? no squeeze there right but in the paper junk there will be, mmmmk

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:55 | Link to Comment SafelyGraze
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"us headed for the coldest spring on record"

thanks a lot, haarp. 

you could have told us first. then we would have planted more spinach and less watermelon.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:10 | Link to Comment Jayda1850
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Very true on the effect on produce. I have all my customers bitching about the availability of all the eastern fruit that should be coming on heavy at this time of the year and everything is getting pushed back by weeks.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment nugjuice
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Are the attachments supposed to be for Dec 2012? Where are the Q1 13 reports? I think it may be a mistake.

These figures have drastically changed. For example, short interest on AM is 13.36% atm...not 43. Huge difference

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Doña K
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I am not palying with matches. Sorry

I prefer something that is indistructible, mallable, divisible, shiny, has no counterparty risk and you can also wear it.

Any guesses? Sorry I just realized I am in ZH/land

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:36 | Link to Comment Divine Wind
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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:12 | Link to Comment Awakened Sheeple
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They're shorting Ruger?!

Time to make the hedgies our bitch.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:23 | Link to Comment SamAdams
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Maybe they are betting on increased gun control suppressing future orders resulting in a dwindling backlog?  I ordered a Ruger and it took 6 mos to receive.  This was before Sandy Hook.  If gun orders take this long to fill, who knows what executive orders may be passed in the meantime.  I think the Ruger bet is risky.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:57 | Link to Comment Jdog
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Buy HLF ASAP, Mother or all short squeeze is coming. Carl Icahn will make the NFLX short squeeze look elementry.  load up now!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:05 | Link to Comment eclectic syncretist
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Believe it or not I shorted NFLX from the 280s down to ~120.  If it gets another squeeze back to the high 200s I might just short it again.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:14 | Link to Comment Jdog
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belie it or not bought NFLX at $90 4 months ago, now at $225. might close it soon and go short! depending on what uncle Carl wants to do! :)

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:52 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Not one gold miner on there? WTF?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:03 | Link to Comment unwashedmass
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yeah, thought the same thing. this list is bullshit. i've got things with 50% of the float short. 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:07 | Link to Comment unwashedmass
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interesting. the gold sector is the one sector that Bernanke has rather pointedly ignored in his golden shower upon the markets. Now they are going to suppress the data on the short squeeze implications, and ignore any gains. Can't wait for gold and silver to start imploding, and watch how the media studiously ignores the one sector that holds on and GAINS amid the coming wreckage. 

Anything to save the dollar I guess....its they stuff shit down our throats, our job is to swallow. 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:46 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Phucking twitter man. That thing is worth a ton of money...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:29 | Link to Comment Arius
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i would guess a lot of mining shorting takes place through Canada as it is called NAKED SHORT ... the short do not have to borrow the shares ... they just short it .... is it that included?  most likely not ...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:54 | Link to Comment Dan The Man
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Going back 3 qrtrs is hardly success "without fail".  Its still gambling

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:57 | Link to Comment Tyler Durden
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Of course it is. What's worse, the casino is openly rigged and the pit bosses are betting against you.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:00 | Link to Comment Dan The Man
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Yah, I guess there's still lots of fiat to be made...or lost.   Just don't bet the gold

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:35 | Link to Comment Bearwagon
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In fact the house has gone bust! It has just not been noticed, but that's the reason the casino is rigged. Someone has to hold the bag.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:51 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Of course "some tweets are more valuable than others."

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:55 | Link to Comment CDNX fan
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I predict a stock market crash next week with S&P dropping 12%.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:00 | Link to Comment Terminus C
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I predict a series of predictions by people who are mostly just guessing over the next... forever.  I also predict that when most of these predictions prove incorrect we will here nothing more about them but when one prognosticator guesses correctly, I predict we will hear loud, "I told you so's" with links to said prediction.

I am Nostradamus.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:09 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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I still stand by my prediction that the S&P will top out at 1600.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:02 | Link to Comment Dan The Man
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Prognostication is a volume game.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:04 | Link to Comment The Thunder Child
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Ruger? I love my tacticool 10/22 it's the only good gun in Canada without stupid magazine restrictions.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:12 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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It says here that BLYTH Inc is into housewares and specialties, I thought they just sold paper silver and gold.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:57 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Gundlach is long aapl.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:57 | Link to Comment Son of Loki
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I thought shorting was illegal.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:00 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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OT, two massive earthquakes in the Pacific, one 8.2 off Siberia and one 7.4 near Fiji....


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:03 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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Weird rumblings in Greenville, CA.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:09 | Link to Comment TeamDepends
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The Overlords desired a bit of folly, and began to strum their haarp....

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:17 | Link to Comment youngman
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Does this include naked shorts..or just the "legal" ones...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment Skin666
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Ambrose Evans Pritchard of the Telegraph has finally fucking lost it!


Read this:

This man is an idiot...


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Fuh Querada
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a weather vane in the wind...changes direction as often as a honeymoon dick goes up and down...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:24 | Link to Comment taketheredpill
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NFLX !!!!!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:28 | Link to Comment haskelslocal
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Looks like this was provided by the BLS.

Holdings as of 12/31/12? Priced in February?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:39 | Link to Comment blackbishop
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This list is a little outdated (12/31/2012), do you have a fresher one please?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:39 | Link to Comment Fuh Querada
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BLYTH Inc at 27% short interest - how optimistic!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:01 | Link to Comment Tombstone
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Is this why the market is still rising; Benny is in a short squeeze? 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:17 | Link to Comment AgShaman
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It's nothing a properly placed political donation can't fix....followed by a "Solyndrical Bailout" or ten

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:23 | Link to Comment dcohen
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I swear Bernanke buys the dips, I swear. The FED got its eyes on the markets and as soon as the shorters see an oppurtunity, he rips their faces. He leaves no behind left and I think he is determined to end the idea of shorting stocks, put the fear in them, think three times before trying again. I don't care about the legalities, those psychopaths at the FED will find a way to buy stocks.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:30 | Link to Comment kragsquest
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Oh yes, Spectrum Pharm, I owned the penny stock Vipro for a little while which is connected to it.  Hedge Fund money is generally amoral, run by HFT programs as the traders do much of nothing except for those critical moments when they need to pull the trigger, timing is everything.  What do they do the rest of the day?  Surf the internet, share porn with other traders??  We would like to know if these people are really doing anything significant in society or are just a bunch of ass kissing parasites good at covering up when insider cases may implicate them....

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Palladin
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Anybody notice that at the bottom of both tables there is a footnote that says "Holdings as of December 31, 2012" so the information is 5 months old, and the "Pricing is as of February 15, 2015" so that makes the prices almost 3 months old. Seems so yesterday.....

More timely information can be found here:

At least the data presented there is current as of May 10, 2013



Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:31 | Link to Comment Nathan American
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6 month old data???? not exactly breaking news.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Morrotzo
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Hahaha. The second company with an approximately 50 percent of the managers shorting it, Sturm Ruger and Co., is a

goddamned rampaging bull. It'll be around 50 to 60 bucks a share or more from here to eternity. Do you really think

that firearms the quality of Ruger are going to become CHEAPER in the near future?

If this is half a year old data, the shortsters got their heads ripped off. The stock is up about 10 bucks since last December.



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