For the first half of November investors increased their bearish position in a number of widely held US companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Investors who bet against the bears would profit if these shares rise. A “short-squeeze” would exaggerate the push for a higher share price as bearish investors close their short-position. Left out of the list below are the short-selling increases in ETFs. ETF short-selling may be rising as investors hedge their bullish position against the indexes. (
List Average 1-Year Return: 21%
Ford Motor Co. (F)
saw its share short volume increase to 24.4 million. The short position is now 169.29 million shares. Ford recently sold a record number of vehicles in China in November. The company sold 67,505 vehicles, fueled by strong demand for its Ford Focus.
2) Short-selling for
Bank of America (BAC)
shares rose by 17.7M shares, up 10% from October 31 to 203.82M. Shares recently reached a 52-week high.
CSX Corp. (CSX)
saw short-selling increase significantly by 42%, or 6.4M shares. The short volume is now at 21.8M shares.
4) Bearishness was steady for
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
. The short-position is now 152.4M, up 4% from October 31 2012. AMD recently cut its silicon wafer order by 75%, and will now spend $115 million, down from $500 million.
American International Group (AIG)
shares saw bearishness rise 26% to 23.3M shares. AIG is divesting its assets, which is good for realizing value for investors.
Sony Corp (SNE)
short-selling increased by 38% to 15.1M shares in total. Sony is struggling to return to its former glory.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
short-selling increased 9%, or rose 4.0M shares. JPMorgan, is approaching a 52-week high.
Royal Dutch ADR (RDS)
saw bearishness rise 90%, to 6.3M.
Bearishness in was
Sprint Nextel (S).
It increased 6%, to 50.5M total. Sprint is up 170% from its 52-week low.
UBS AG (UBS)
short-sellers increased their position by 64%, to 6.7M shares. Like the above banks, UBS is at a 52-week high.
Written by Chris Lau
. Disclosure: Author has a long position in Ford (F).
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