The 10 Most-Shorted Stocks in the S&P 1500

Which stocks have the biggest bearish bets against them right now?

The most recent data on the 25 most heavily shorted stocks center in the consumer discretionary, financial services and energy sectors, according to Bespoke Investment Group, a Harrison, N.Y.-based investment firm, citing short interest figures as of May 13.

Bespoke, in a blog post last week, provided a list of the 25 S&P 1500 stocks that have the highest short interest levels as a percentage of float.

"In terms of overall performance, short-sellers should be having a pretty good month," Bespoke said on May 25. "The average performance of the 25 stocks listed is a decline of 6.93% (median: -5.98%) compared to a gain of 1.14% for the S&P 1500 as a whole. If you were to just pick 25 stocks at random, you would be hard-pressed to end up with an overall return that was as bad as the performance of this list."

Here are the top 10 stocks that short-sellers bet will make further declines.

10. Marriott International
10. Marriott International

Market Cap: $16.9 billion
Sector: Consumer Discretionary

Marriott International's (MAR - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 36.91%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the hospitality company are down 5.1% over the past month and down 0.84% in 2016.

9. Basic Energy Services
9. Basic Energy Services

Market Cap: $86 million
Sector: Energy

Basic Energy Services (BAS - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 38.62%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Fort Worth, Texas-based oil and gas services company are down 33.3% over the past month and down 25.4% in 2016.

8. Bonanza Creek Energy
8. Bonanza Creek Energy

Market Cap: $132 million
Sector: Energy

Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 39.15%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Denver-based energy company are down 22.8% over the past month and down 49% in 2016.

7. Carbo Ceramics
7. Carbo Ceramics

Market Cap: $293 million
Sector: Energy

Carbo Ceramics (CRR - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 42.64%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Houston-based oilfield services technology company are down 9.6% over the past month and down 27.5% in 2016.

6. Bofi Holding
6. Bofi Holding

Market Cap: $1.18 billion
Sector: Financial Services

Bofi Holding (BOFI short interest vs. the float is 43.95%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the San Diego-based banking institution are down 5.3% over the past month and down 10.7% in 2016.

5. Lannett
5. Lannett

Market Cap: $885 million
Sector: Health Care

Lannett (LCI - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 44.44%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical company are up 29% over the past month, yet down 40% in 2016.

4. Outerwall
4. Outerwall

Market Cap: $712 million
Sector: Consumer Discretionary

Outerwall (OUTR short interest vs. the float is 48.59%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Bellevue, Wash.-based retail kiosk operator are up 0.93% over the past month and up 13.4% in 2016.

3. LendingTree
3. LendingTree

Market Cap: $991 million
Sector: Financial Services

LendingTree (TREE - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 50.72%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Charlotte-based online lender are down 9.6% over the past month and down 6.5% in 2016.

2. Adeptus Health
2. Adeptus Health

Market Cap: $1 billion
Sector: Health Care

Adeptus Health (ADPT short interest vs. the float is 52.35%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Lewisville, Texas-based emergency room operator are up 6.4% over the past month and up over 30% in 2016.

1. Cal-Maine Foods
1. Cal-Maine Foods

Market Cap: $2.2 billion
Sector: Consumer Staples

Cal-Maine Foods (CALM - Get Report) short interest vs. the float is 55.26%, according to Bespoke. Shares of the Jacksonville, Miss.-based egg producer are down 14.5% over the past month and down 3.3% in 2016.

Cal-Maine Foods has more than half of its free-floating shares sold short. "One factor not helping CALM is the price of eggs, which have dropped significantly from year ago levels, as the industry recovers from last year's avian flu outbreak," Bespoke said.

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