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Short Interest

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NYSE Short Interest Stays Flat At 13.2 Billion Shares, Down 12% Over Prior Year





The most recent short interest report from the NYSE indicated that bearish bets in the form of short exposure is near 2009 lows. The number of shares shorted on November 30, 2009 was 13.2 billion, a 0.2% increase from two weeks prior and a 12% decline from the prior year's 14.8 billion. Of the 4,124 stocks available for trading, 3,431 had short positions of at least 5,000. The most recent short interest came out at 3.45% of total shares outstanding, also flat from the prior two weeks.

 
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NYSE Short Interest Rises 2.8% In First Half Of October





In the first half of October, NYSE short interest as reported staged a moderate comeback, rising by 2.8% sequentially to 13.4 billion shares on October 15th, from 13.1 billion at the end of August, and a 1.1% decline from the 13.6 billion shares short on October 15, 2008. The short interest represented 3.51% of total shares outstanding.

 
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NYSE Short Interest Drops 3.5%, 42.5% Below Peak





On October 9, the NYSE provided its latest Short Interest update. The total number of shorted shares on the New York Stock Exchange at September 30 was 13.06 billion, a 3.5% decline from the 13.52 billion on September 15, a 42.5% decline from the all time high short position of 18.61 billion on July 15, 2008, and a 23.8% decline from the 2009 high of 16.17 billion in mid-March. The latest short interest represented a mere 3.42% of the total share outstanding as more and more bearish bets are closed, either voluntarily or forecefully. The current SI is equal to the short interest at the end of 2007.

 
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Pick Up In SPY Short Interest





Data Explorers, via Alphaville, is demonstrating a rapid pick up in SPY shares on loan, a proxy for Short Interest. Of course, with periodic short recalls such as the one in IYR by UBS, it is only a matter of time before the banks create an artificial end to any such comparable bearish momentum trend in any of the highly trafficked ETFs. Stay tuned as we find out where the first SPY recall of the day will occur.

 
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Market Rips, Short Interest Plunges





This is so much more than just a short covering rally. Oh wait, it's not.

 
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Early March Saw Largest Increase In Short Interest In 9 Months





According to data from TrimTabs, the first half of March (March 2- March 13) saw $15.78 billion in new short positions opened in the Russell 3000, resulting in aggregate short interest of 14.28 billion shares or a total of $227 billion in short positions (2.92% of Russell 3000 market cap) at March 13, from 12.84 billion shares or $203 billion on February 27. This has been the largest increase in short interest since June 2008.

 
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Early March Saw Largest Increase In Short Interest In 9 Months





According to data from TrimTabs, the first half of March (March 2- March 13) saw $15.78 billion in new short positions opened in the Russell 3000, resulting in aggregate short interest of 14.28 billion shares or a total of $227 billion in short positions (2.92% of Russell 3000 market cap) at March 13, from 12.84 billion shares or $203 billion on February 27. This has been the largest increase in short interest since June 2008.

 
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