It's been a long year and a half for the bears.

After a more than 30% gain for the stock market in 2013, markets recovered from some turbulence earlier in the year and are now making new record highs. 

That doesn't mean that traders haven't found stocks to take a chance shorting, or betting that their price will go down. 

Our most recent crop of shorted stocks has screened out some of the little guys, and we've compiled the 27 most shorted stocks with market caps larger than $2 billion. 

The stocks, which include yoga apparel makers, electric carmakers, and natural resource companies, are ranked from least to most shorted as a percent of their outstanding shares being sold short.

We ranked the stocks by short interest as a percentage of floating shares.


Ticker: SYNA

Short interest: 25.5%

YTD return: 76%

Sector: Technology 

Comment: Synaptics, which makes the technology that recognizes gestures for a phone, tablet, or computer screen, reported first quarter revenue that rose 25% over the prior year. 

data from FinViz

Tesla Motors

Ticker: TSLA

Short interest: 25.9%

YTD return: 60%

Sector: Electric Vehicles

Comment: Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced that the company would make its patents avail abe for free use, saying the company's competitors are not other electric carmakers but any company making a car that runs on gasoline.

data from FinViz

Air Methods

Ticker: AIRM

Short interest: 26.1%

YTD return: -7.6%

Sector: Healthcare Services

Comment: Air Methods provides air medical transportation services throughout the U.S. Late last month, the company acquired the four air bases of Baptist LifeFlight, which provides services to Florida's panhandle as well as southern Alabama and Mississippi. 

data from FinViz


Ticker: CAB

Short interest: 26.1%

YTD return: -7.3%

Sector: Consumer Goods

Comment: Cabela's reported revenue that fell more than 9% in the first quarter, citing a sharp decline in firearms and ammunition sales. 

data from FinViz

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