NEW YORK (
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Ford Motor Co.
all saw big percentage increases in shorting activity in the first half of January.
Motorola saw short interest rise to nearly 58 million shares -- a 52% increase over the last half of December. Exxon short interest jumped by 31% to 72 million shares, and Ford saw a 25% rise in short interest, with 193 million shares sold short.
All three companies were among the 100 most shorted tickers on the NYSE -- a list the exchange publishes semi-weekly and which includes exchange traded funds.
The most heavily shorted companies were
Bank of America
were fairly small on a percentage basis versus the previous two-week period.
Written by Dan Freed in New York