10 Top Shorted Stocks for Longer-Term Buyers

While several of Wall Street's most shorted stocks are just a playground for traders, others sport legitimate long-term buy cases. Just beware the volatility.

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GameStop (GME) has become a top-of-mind name on Wall Street in 2021 in the most improbable of ways.

The brick-and-mortar video game retailer was among the market's most heavily shorted stocks to start the year – but a group of investors, sparked by the Reddit community r/WallStreetBets, sparked a campaign to purchase shares. The primary reasoning was that a sudden spurt of buying could trigger a "short squeeze" of people who betting against the company, driving GameStop's shares even higher.


Data is as of Jan. 31. Short interest data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Stocks listed in reverse order of shares sold short as a percentage of the float.

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Will Ashworth
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.