One of the main ways hedge funds make money is actually betting against companies they believe are overvalued, so investors should be wary of stocks with high levels of so-called short interest.
Goldman Sachs listed which stocks professional managers are short selling the most in its latest “Hedge Fund Trend Monitor” report by Ben Snider on Tuesday.
The firm’s very important short positions basket consists of 50 S&P 500 stocks with the “highest total dollar value of short interest outstanding.” The basket includes AT&T, Wal-Mart, Nvidia in addition to IBM.
Shorting is actually a trading strategy which involves selling borrowed shares using a view which the stock will drop in value in addition to the shares can be bought back later in addition to returned for a profit.
Goldman’s very important short positions list is actually up 18 percent which year through Nov. 20, slightly outperforming the S&P 500’s 17 percent gain, according to the firm.
Here are the top 10 stocks in Goldman’s very important short positions basket.