BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Rite Aid ( RAD) and Home Depot ( HD) had the largest increases in short interest at the end of March, according to data from the New York Stock Exchange, as investors turned more bearish on the market.Short interest, which measures all uncovered short positions in securities, rose during the second half of March, according to the NYSE. Short positions are bets that a stock will fall. Investors borrow shares and sell them, hoping to buy the stock back at a lower price to profit on the difference.
10. Masco ( MAS) Company Profile: Masco manufactures, distributes and installs home improvement and building products including faucets, cabinets, architectural coatings and windows. Short Interest Change: Short interest in Masco climbed 18.2% to 24.5 million positions as of March 31. The stock is down 2.6% over the past month. In February, shares of Masco fell sharply after the company said its fourth-quarter loss widened, falling short of Wall Street's forecast.