Stock pickers are betting big against these 10 retail stocks

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The retail apocalypse could pay off in a huge way for stock pickers.

Bets against retail stocks continue to increase as traders eye an even bigger drop in their stock prices. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets have identified 10 stocks with the most short interest.

Topping the list are some usual suspects like J.C. Penney, which announced earlier this year that it would close 138 stores. But there are some newcomers as well. RBC notes that Urban Outfitters, Boot Barn, and Signet Jewelers have seen the biggest spikes in short interest.

On the other hand, Buckle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and The Children’s Place have seen the biggest drops in short interest.

Scroll to see the 10 retail stocks with the highest short interest, according to RBC:


10. The Children’s Place

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Markets Insider

Ticker: PLCE

Stockprice: $109.75

Year-to-date change: +8.43%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 26%


9. Abercrombie & Fitch

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Markets Insider

Ticker: ANF

Stockprice: $13.54

Year-to-date change: +11.81%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 26%


8. Under Armour

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Markets Insider

Ticker: UAA

Stockprice: $16.90

Year-to-date change: -43.5%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 28%


7. The Finish Line

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Markets Insider

Ticker: FINL

Stockprice: $9.20

Year-to-date change: -50.7%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 28%


6. Ascena Retail Group

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Markets Insider

Ticker: ASNA

Stockprice: $2.14

Year-to-date change: -65.81%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 29%


5. Tailored Brands

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Markets Insider

Ticker: TLRD

Stockprice: $12.89

Year-to-date change: -47.66%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 30%


4. Fossil

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Markets Insider

Ticker: FOSL

Stockprice: $8.81

Year-to-date change: -66.58%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 35%


3. Dillard’s

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Wikipedia

Ticker: DDS

Stockprice: $59.86

Year-to-date change: -4.61%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 40%


2. J. C. Penney

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Markets Insider

Ticker: JCP

Stockprice: $4.10

Year-to-date change: -50.78%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 42%


1. Boot Barn Holdings

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Markets Insider

Ticker: BOOT

Stockprice: $8.19

Year-to-date change: -32.37%

Shortinterest as a percent of float: 55%


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