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Short Sellers Are Targeting Beyond Meat

  • Short interest rises to 37% of free float: S3 Partners data
  • Shares have underperformed Russell 1000 over past 12 months
Beyond Meat burger patties
Beyond Meat burger pattiesPhotographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

Short sellers are piling into Beyond Meat Inc., making it the most shorted company in the Russell 1000 Index, as the shares struggle to gain momentum amid growing competition for plant-based meat.

Short interest stands at 37% of the company’s freely traded shares, the highest among stocks in the Russell 1000 Index, according to the latest data from financial analytics firm S3 Partners. That’s risen from 26% at the start of October, and the move by sellers has picked up pace with short interest relative to tradable shares jumping more than 3% just last week.