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5 Stocks With the Largest 'Short' Interest

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1. McClatchy (MNI - Get Report) is a newspaper publisher, which owns The Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer and other papers. Its stock has tumbled 33% in 12 months and delivered annualized losses of 31% over a three-year span. Fourth-quarter net income decreased 42% to $15 million and earnings per share fell 53% to 18 cents, hurt by a higher share count. McClatchy's gross margin narrowed from 60% to 57% and its operating margin dropped from 27% to 24%, hurting profit.

McClatchy has just $18 million of cash and $1.7 billion of debt, for a quick ratio of 0.8 and an excessive debt-to-equity ratio of 7.8. McClatchy's stock has a beta value, a measure of market correlation, of 3.1, so it tends to more than triple the day-to-day movements of the equity market. Of analysts covering the company, all five rank its stock "hold." It receives no "buy" or "sell" rankings. Currently, a disproportionate 42% of the float is sold short, indicating sizable negativity.

-- Written by Jake Lynch in Boston.

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