Here’s the 50 Stocks With Most Shares Sold Short in April

The following 50 stocks have the unfortunate distinction of having more shares, as a percentage of the company’s float, sold short than any other company.  All data about short positions is sourced from the Wall St. Journal.

1) Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI): 10,491,018 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 57.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 353,384, it takes 30 days to cover the float.  About the company: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. is a regionally accredited provider of postsecondary education services.  The Company offers associate’s, bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences, and health sciences.

2) HHGregg, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:HGG): 9,667,587 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 49.0% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 506,319, it takes 19 days to cover the float.  About the company: hhgregg, Inc. retails video products, brand name appliances, audio products, and accessories.

3) Barnes & Noble, Inc. Common St (NYSE:BKS): 14,099,501 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 48.7% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 653,767, it takes 22 days to cover the float.  About the company: Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates superstores and mall-based bookstores throughout the US.  The Company operates book superstores under the names Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bookstop, and Bookstar.  Barnes & Noble also operates bookstores in shopping malls under the names B. Dalton Bookseller, Doubleday Book Shops, and Scribner’s Bookstore.

4) DSW Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:DSW): 6,560,145 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 43.5% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 402,613, it takes 16 days to cover the float.  About the company: DSW, Inc. is a specialty branded footwear retailer operating in the United States.  The Company offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual, and athletic footwear for women and men.

5) McClatchy Company (The) Common (NYSE:MNI): 25,174,215 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 42.2% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,316,711, it takes 19 days to cover the float.  About the company: The McClatchy Company publishes daily and non-daily newspapers located in western coastal states, North and South Carolina, and Minnesota.  The Company also owns and operates other media-related businesses, including a national online publishing operation, as well as a national newspaper marketing company. Popular read: McClatchy Earnings Cheat Sheet: Stock Slammed As Newspaper Ad Dollars Feel Competition>>

6) ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI): 6,444,912 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 32.2% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 585,105, it takes 11 days to cover the float.  ITT Educational Services, Inc. provides technology-oriented postsecondary degree programs in the United States.  The Company’s institutes offer associate, bachelor, and master degree programs, as well as non-degree diploma programs.

7) Magnum Hunter Resources Corpor (NYSE:MHR): 20,856,935 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 29.7% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,556,234, it takes 13 days to cover the float.  About the company: Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation explores for oil and natural gas.

8) Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone, I (NYSE:RST): 3,409,381 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 29.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 198,906, it takes 17 days to cover the float.  About the company: Rosetta Stone, Inc. provides technology-based language learning solutions.  The Company develops, markets and sells language learning solutions consisting of software, online services and audio practice tools primarily under our Rosetta Stone brand.

9) Dillard’s, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:DDS): 11,370,416 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 29.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,223,392, it takes 9 days to cover the float.  About the company: Dillard’s Inc. operates retail department stores located primarily in the southwestern, southeastern and midwestern United States.  The Company offers name-brand and private-label merchandise, including fashion apparel and home furnishings.

10) First BanCorp. New Common Stoc (NYSE:FBP): 5,096,008 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 29.1% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 166,822, it takes 31 days to cover the float.  About the company: First BanCorp. is the holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico.  The Bank provides commercial banking services through a network of offices in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  First BanCorp also operates Money Express, a small loan company and First Leasing and Rental Corporation, a vehicle leasing and rental company.

11) Boyd Gaming Corporation Common (NYSE:BYD): 16,160,390 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 29.1% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,894,838, it takes 9 days to cover the float.  About the company: Boyd Gaming Corporation owns and operates several gaming properties throughout the United States.  The Company also operates entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and recreational facilities on its properties.

12) MEDIFAST INC Common Stock (NYSE:MED): 3,966,800 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 28.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 889,050, it takes 4 days to cover the float.  About the company: Medifast, Inc. combines physician-supervised weight loss programs with nutritional supplements and multidisciplinary patient education programs.  The Company provides an Internet-based physician and medical practitioner network to consumers.  Medifast also provides a corporate wellness program for large corporations, associations, and their health insurance carriers.

13) Sonic Automotive, Inc. Common (NYSE:SAH): 9,925,054 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 28.6% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 659,481, it takes 15 days to cover the float.  About the company: Sonic Automotive, Inc. is an automotive retailer.  The Company operates dealers and collision repairs centers in the metropolitan southeastern, midwestern, and southwestern United States.  The Company sells new and used cars and light trucks as well as replacement parts.  Sonic also provides vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and repair services, and arranges financing.

14) Saks Incorporated Common Stock (NYSE:SKS): 31,752,406 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 28.6% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 3,500,958, it takes 9 days to cover the float.  About the company: Saks, Inc. operates department stores in the United States.  The stores offer a wide variety of branded and private label merchandise including luxury apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and decorative home furnishings.

15) Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. Cl (NYSE:HOV): 18,369,867 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 28.4% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,939,069, it takes 9 days to cover the float.  About the company: Hovanian Enterprises, Inc. designs, constructs, and markets single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums in planned residential communities.  The Company operates in the states of New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New York, California, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, and in Poland.  Hovnanian also provides mortgages to its homebuyers.

16) Talbots, Inc. (The) Common Sto (NYSE:TLB): 18,998,612 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 27.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 3,097,441, it takes 6 days to cover the float.  About the company: The Talbots, Inc. is an international specialty retailer and direct marketer of women’s apparel, accessories, and shoes.  The Company operates stores in the United States and Canada.  Talbots also retails products over the Internet and through its catalog.

17) Gamestop Corporation Common St (NYSE:GME): 37,921,886 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 27.7% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 6,714,287, it takes 6 days to cover the float.  About the company: GameStop Corporation operates specialty electronic game and PC entertainment software stores throughout the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe.  The Company stores sell new and used video game hardware, video game software and accessories, as well as PC entertainment software, and related accessories and other merchandise.

18) Rock-Tenn Company Common Stock (NYSE:RKT): 10,310,379 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 27.7% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 599,394, it takes 17 days to cover the float.  Rock-Tenn Company manufactures packaging, including folding cartons, as well as recycled paperboard, and specialty corrugated packaging and display products.  The Company has manufacturing operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

19) Western Refining Inc. Western (NYSE:WNR): 14,675,148 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 27.5% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 4,141,549, it takes 4 days to cover the float.  Western Refining, Inc. through a subsidiary, refines crude oil and markets petroleum products.  The subsidiary primarily produces gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.  The products are marketed in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in the United States, and Juarez, Mexico.

20) K-V Pharmaceutical Company Cla (NYSE:KVA): 11,967,967 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 26.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 3,076,428, it takes 4 days to cover the float.  K-V Pharmaceutical Company is an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, acquires, and markets branded and generic/non-branded prescription pharmaceutical products.

21) W & T Offshore, Inc. Common Stoc (NYSE:WTI): 9,133,119 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 26.7% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 688,486, it takes 13 days to cover the float.  About the company: W&T Offshore, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company focused primarily on the Gulf of Mexico area in the United States.

22) Sealy Corporation Common Stock (NYSE:ZZ): 13,048,732 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 26.4% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 258,839, it takes 50 days to cover the float.  About the company: Sealy Corporation manufactures and markets a complete line of bedding products, including mattresses and mattress foundations.  The Company also manufactures and markets specialty (non-innerspring) viscoeleastic and latex bedding products.

23) L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:ID): 20,688,998 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 25.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,989,650, it takes 10 days to cover the float.  L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. develops and markets computer software to verify documents such as passports.  The Company also offers biometric security products based on finger printing, iris scanners, and facial recognition.

24) Alliance Data Systems Corporat (NYSE:ADS): 12,671,871 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 25.2% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,014,912, it takes 12 days to cover the float.  Abou tthe company: Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides card services, loyalty and marketing solutions, payment processing, and business process outsourcing services.  The Company provides such services to the retail, petroleum, utility, financial services, and hospitality markets.

25) Alpha Natural Resources, inc. (NYSE:ANR): 29,821,880 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 25.1% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 4,545,182, it takes 7 days to cover the float.  About the company: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. extracts, processes, and markets steam and metallurgical coal. The Company conducts operations from surface and underground mines located in the northern and central Appalachian regions and Colorado, all located in the United States. Alpha Natural Resources markets its coal to electric utilities, steel and other industrial producers.

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26) Dole Food Company, Inc Common (NYSE:DOLE): 9,026,052 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 25.0% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 270,676, it takes 33 days to cover the float.  About the company: Dole Food Company, Inc. produces, markets, and distributes fresh fruit and vegetables. The Company’s product categories, including bananas, packaged salads and packaged fruit. Dole supplies provide wholesale, retail and institutional customers around the world.

27) Liz Claiborne, Inc. Common Sto (NYSE:LIZ): 23,297,285 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 24.9% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,571,788, it takes 15 days to cover the float.  Liz Claiborne, Inc. designs and markets branded women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, and fragrance products. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes most apparel and non-apparel categories. Liz Claiborne’s products are available at retail locations throughout the world, including its own retail and outlet stores, and on its e-commerce sites.

28) Media General, Inc. Class A Co (NYSE:MEG): 4,472,232 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 24.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 92,879, it takes 48 days to cover the float.  About the company: Media General, Inc. is a diversified communications company situated primarily in the southeastern United States. The Company holds interests in newspapers, television stations, interactive media, and diversified information services. Media General owns various daily newspapers, network-affiliated television stations, and interactive media offerings such as online enterprises.

29) Molycorp, Inc Common Stock $0. (NYSE:MCP): 8,940,864 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 24.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 9,522,976, it takes 1 days to cover the float.  About the company: Molycorp, Inc. produces rare earth minerals. The Company produces rare earth products, including oxides, metals, alloys and magnets for a variety of applications including clean energy technologies, technology, and defense applications.

30) Boise Inc Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ): 17,702,956 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 24.2% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,192,449, it takes 15 days to cover the float.  About the company: Boise, Inc. manufactures paper and packaging. The Company produces copy, commercial printing, newsprint, premium and specialty papers, and market pulp; and corrugated containers and containerboard.

31) Longtop Financial Technologies (NYSE:LFT): 13,577,844 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 24.2% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,059,258, it takes 13 days to cover the float.  About the company: Longtop Financial Technologies Limited develops a wide range of software applications. The Company offers software solutions in the following categories: channel-related solutions, business-related solutions, management-related solutions and other solutions, covering major categories of information technology requirements for financial institutions in China.

32) Titan International, Inc. Comm (NYSE:TWI): 9,613,141 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 24.0% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 701,929, it takes 14 days to cover the float.  About the company: Titan International, Inc. manufactures mounted tire and wheel systems for off-highway equipment used in agriculture, construction, mining, military, recreation, and grounds care. The Company has worldwide manufacturing and distribution facilities.

33) RealD Inc Common Stock (NYSE:RLD): 8,509,625 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 528,609, it takes 16 days to cover the float.  About the company: RealD Inc. is a global licensor of stereoscopic (three-dimensional), or 3D, technologies. The Company licenses its Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also offers active and passive eyewear, and display and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors.

34) RPC, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:RES): 10,103,826 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,716,250, it takes 6 days to cover the float.  About the company: RPC, Inc. provides specialized oilfield services and equipment to independent and major oilfield companies. The Company’s services include snubbing services, coiled tubing services, pressure pumping services, marine services, firefighting and well control, and rental of drill pipe and other equipment.

35) Lumber Liquidators Holdings, I (NYSE:LL): 5,697,710 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.6% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 394,292, it takes 14 days to cover the float.  About the company: Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. retails hardwood flooring in the United States. The Company sells domestic and exotic wood species in both prefinished and unfinished forms.

36) KB Home Common Stock (NYSE:KBH): 17,970,539 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.5% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 5,212,296, it takes 3 days to cover the float.  About the company: KB HOME builds single-family homes in the United States, primarily targeting first-time and first move-up homebuyers. The Company has operating divisions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Wisconsin, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas in the United States. KB Home also derives income from mortgage banking, title and insurance services.

37) Texas Industries, Inc. Common (NYSE:TXI): 5,096,336 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.4% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 120,346, it takes 42 days to cover the float.  About the company: Texas Industries, Inc. and its subsidiaries supply construction materials such as cement, aggregate, and concrete products. The Company’s customers include the construction, original equipment manufacturers, tool, and country goods markets.

38) Jackson Hewitt Tax Services Co (NYSE:JTX): 6,725,114 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.4% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 509,172, it takes 13 days to cover the float.  About the company: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. provides tax services to the general public in the United States. The Company has a nationwide network of franchised and company owned offices.

39) Heico Corporation Common Stock (NYSE:HEI): 2,763,134 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.4% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 87,428, it takes 32 days to cover the float.  About the company: HEICO Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells aerospace products and services through its subsidiaries. The Company’s customers include airlines and airmotive, as well as defense contractors and military agencies worldwide, including the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

40) Standard Pacific Corp Common S (NYSE:SPF): 24,419,138 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,457,727, it takes 17 days to cover the float.  About the company: Standard Pacific Corp. constructs move-up homes within a wide range of price and size. The Company operates throughout the major metropolitan areas in California, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. Standard Pacific also provides mortgage financing and title services to its homebuyers through its subsidiaries.

41) Meredith Corporation Common St (NYSE:MDP): 8,453,916 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 23.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 477,087, it takes 18 days to cover the float.  About the company: Meredith Corporation is a diversified media company primarily focused on publishing and broadcasting. The Company’s publishing segment includes magazine and book publishing, integrated marketing, interactive media, brand licensing, and other related operations. Meredith also operates network-affiliated television stations and markets and develops syndicated television programs.

42) St. Joe Company (The) Common S (NYSE:JOE): 20,957,546 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 22.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 715,152, it takes 29 days to cover the float.  About the company: The St. Joe Company is a real estate operating company. The Company provides community, commercial, industrial, leisure, and resort development, as well as timber, and commercial real estate services.

43) China Green Agriculture, Inc. (NYSE:CGA): 3,422,155 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 22.8% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 227,451, it takes 15 days to cover the float.  About the company: China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and distributes humic acid organic liquid compound fertilizer. The Company markets its products to wholesalers and retailers of agricultural farm products.

44) Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT): 13,051,364 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 22.5% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 578,355, it takes 23 days to cover the float.  About the company: DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. is a real estate investment trust and owner, developer, operator and manager of wholesale data centers. The Company’s data centers are used primarily by national and international technology companies to house, power and cool the computer servers that support many of their most critical business processes.

45) American International Group, (NYSE:AIG): 28,387,688 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 22.3% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 3,598,558, it takes 8 days to cover the float.  About the company: American International Group, Inc. is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries provides a varied range of insurance and insurance-related activities in the United States and abroad. The Company’s main activities include both general insurance and life insurance & retirement services operations as well as financial services and asset management.

46) Horizon Lines, Inc. Common Sto (NYSE:HRZ): 6,015,973 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 22.1% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 4,953,566, it takes 1 days to cover the float.  About the company: Horizon Lines Inc. provides container shipping and logistics services. The Company also provides inland cargo trucking and logistics. Horizon Lines also provides domestic US maritime services under the Jones Act of 1920.

47) Goodrich Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:GDP): 5,923,987 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 21.6% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 584,072, it takes 10 days to cover the float.  About the company: Goodrich Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries explore, develop, produce, and acquire oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s properties are located in the onshore portions of the United States, primarily in Louisiana and Texas.

48) China Security & Surveillance (NYSE:CSR): 14,897,443 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 21.5% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 954,368, it takes 16 days to cover the float.  About the company: China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc., through subsidiaries, manufacturing, distributing, installing and maintaining security and surveillance systems. The Company’s systems integrate digital video surveillance, and network communications.

49) SuperValu Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:SVU): 44,940,012 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 21.4% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 11,409,348, it takes 4 days to cover the float.  About the company: SUPERVALU Inc. operates a chain of supermarkets and pharmacies primarily in the United States. The Company also provides supply chain services, which includes wholesale distribution and related logistics support services.

50) United Rentals, Inc. Common St (NYSE:URI): 13,120,109 shares were sold short as of 4/15/11, representing 21.2% of the company’s float. Based on average daily volume of 1,518,095, it takes 9 days to cover the float.  About the company: United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiary, is an equipment rental company operating a network of locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Company serves the construction industry, industrial and commercial concerns, homeowners, and other individuals.

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