Finance Stock pickers are betting big against these 10 retail stocks

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The retail apocalypse is taking its toll, but some traders are placing big bets on these stocks going even lower.

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The retail apocalypse could pay off in a huge way for stock pickers.

Bets against retail stocks continue to increase as traders eye an even bigger drop in their stock prices. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets have identified 10 stocks with the most short interest.

Topping the list are some usual suspects like J.C. Penney, which announced earlier this year that it would close 138 stores. But there are some newcomers as well. RBC notes that Urban Outfitters, Boot Barn, and Signet Jewelers have seen the biggest spikes in short interest.

On the other hand, Buckle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and The Children's Place have seen the biggest drops in short interest.

Scroll to see the 10 retail stocks with the highest short interest, according to RBC:

10. The Children's Place

10. The Children's Place play

10. The Children's Place

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: PLCE

Stock price: $109.75

Year-to-date change: +8.43%

Short interest as a percent of float: 26%



9. Abercrombie & Fitch

9. Abercrombie & Fitch play

9. Abercrombie & Fitch

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: ANF

Stock price: $13.54

Year-to-date change: +11.81%

Short interest as a percent of float: 26%



8. Under Armour

8. Under Armour play

8. Under Armour

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: UAA

Stock price: $16.90

Year-to-date change: -43.5%

Short interest as a percent of float: 28%



7. The Finish Line

7. The Finish Line play

7. The Finish Line

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: FINL

Stock price: $9.20

Year-to-date change: -50.7%

Short interest as a percent of float: 28%



6. Ascena Retail Group

6. Ascena Retail Group play

6. Ascena Retail Group

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: ASNA

Stock price: $2.14

Year-to-date change: -65.81%

Short interest as a percent of float: 29%



5. Tailored Brands

5. Tailored Brands play

5. Tailored Brands

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: TLRD

Stock price: $12.89

Year-to-date change: -47.66%

Short interest as a percent of float: 30%



4. Fossil

4. Fossil play

4. Fossil

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: FOSL

Stock price: $8.81

Year-to-date change: -66.58%

Short interest as a percent of float: 35%



3. Dillard's

3. Dillard's play

3. Dillard's

(Wikipedia)

Ticker: DDS

Stock price: $59.86

Year-to-date change: -4.61%

Short interest as a percent of float: 40%



2. J.C. Penney

2. J.C. Penney play

2. J.C. Penney

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: JCP

Stock price: $4.10

Year-to-date change: -50.78%

Short interest as a percent of float: 42%



1. Boot Barn Holdings

1. Boot Barn Holdings play

1. Boot Barn Holdings

(Markets Insider)

Ticker: BOOT

Stock price: $8.19

Year-to-date change: -32.37%

Short interest as a percent of float: 55%



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