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The Most Shorted Companies
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|Ticker||Company Name||Short Interest %||YTD Return||Market Cap ($ Millions)|
|NASDAQ:BBBY||Bed Bath & Beyond||61.8%||197.8%||6,411|
|NYSE:SKT||Tanger Factory Outlet Centers||50.6%||79.3%||1,669|
|NYSE:SRG||Seritage Growth Properties||34.3%||37.1%||778|
|NYSE:IFF||International Flavors & Fragrances||28.0%||1.9%||11,864|
|NYSE:AMC||AMC Entertainment Holdings||27.8%||838.7%||6,748|
|NASDAQ:TRHC||Tabula Rasa HealthCare||25.6%||46.4%||1,494|
|NASDAQ:AAL||American Airlines Group||25.2%||5.0%||10,019|
|NYSE:UNFI||United Natural Foods||25.0%||86.7%||1,674|
|NYSE:CNK||Cinemark Holdings Inc||24.7.0%||26.5%||2,601|
Data courtesy of Thompson Reuters
On the date of publication, Tom Yeung did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.
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