Short interest figures for the month of August were released late last week, and below we highlight the thirty stocks in the S&P 1500 with the highest short interest as a percentage of float. Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) has the highest SIPF at close to 55%, and is followed by more widely followed stocks like OpenTable (OPEN) at 49.8%, First Solar (FSLR) at 48.8%, and KB Home (KBH) at 44.4%. Other notable names on this month's list include JC Penney (JCP), Boston Beer (SAM), Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR), Coinstar (CSTR) and Netflix (NFLX).
Looking at the list based on market cap, five of the stocks are in the S&P 500 large cap index, nine are mid caps, while 16 are small caps. This is a typical breakdown as you normally see greater short interest in smaller cap stocks. In terms of sector breakdown, 26 of the 30 stocks on the list come from just three sectors. More than half of the stocks on the list (16) are in the Consumer Discretionary sector, while Consumer Staples and Technology each have five stocks on the list.
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