Bank of America Short Interest Jumps

Bank of America stock saw a nearly 20% rise in short-selling activity.
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Bank of America

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saw a big surge in short interest in the second half of September, according to New Short Stock Exchange


released late Monday and published by



Short interest outstanding of Bank of America jumped to 153 million shares from 128 million during the first half of the month. The 19.9% increase was the fourth-largest among NYSE stocks, behind

Chimera Investment Corp.

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Cincinnati Bell

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Nokia Corp.

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, according to



Short sellers borrow shares in the hope of buying them at a lower price in the future and pocketing the difference. Short interest reflects the amount of shares being borrowed by short-sellers, and is one way of measuring bearing sentiment on a stock.

Bank of America is also the third largest short position on the NYSE, behind


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Ford Motor

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Bank of America, which has been one of the weaker performers among large financial stocks since it released second quarter earnings in July, has grabbed headlines lately due to a decision, announced Friday, to halt foreclosures throughout the U.S. pending a review of its business practices.


Written by Dan Freed in New York


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