Motorola, Exxon, Ford See Big Short Rise - TheStreet

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Motorola Inc.

( MOT),

Exxon Mobil Corp.

(XOM) - Get Report

and

Ford Motor Co.

(F) - Get Report

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

(BAC) - Get Report

and

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

but

their increases

were fairly small on a percentage basis versus the previous two-week period.

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Written by Dan Freed in New York

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