It's been a good year for the short sellers.
Amid a flat market, this year's most heavily shorted stocks have plunged. Six of the seven current most popular shorts are down in 2015, some considerably.
Out of the favorite shorts, the big winner (or loser, for those unlucky longs) is Chesapeake Energy, which has lost more than half of its value this year, and is the S&P's third-worst performer. The other biggest 2015 decliners, Consol Energy and Keurig Green Mountain, also have elevated short interest.
So has GameStop, a striking example of a company that has managed to rally 33 percent in the face of serious concerns about its business and incredibly bearish market sentiment.
Rich Ross, technical analyst with Evercore ISI, encourages traders to buy the video game seller now. He explains that GameStop stock is in "outstanding technical position," and "those shorts getting squeezed is providing fuel to that trend."
Shorting a stock is a maneuver by which an investor sells a stock without owning it, forcing that investor to buy it back later. If the stock falls in the intervening time, that investor will pay less than they take in, allowing them to enjoy a profit.
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