D.R. Horton ( DHI) Company Profile: D.R. Horton constructs and sells homes in U.S. Through the company's financial services operations, it also provides mortgage financing and title agency services. Short Interest Change: Short interest in D.R. Horton climbed 8.4% to almost 29 million positions as of Feb. 28. Not surprising, the stock is down 3.4% in the last month. D.R. Horton shares were hit hardest on Feb. 22 after the S&P Case-Shiller 20-city index -- a key read on the housing sector -- fell 2.4% from a year ago.
General Motors ( GM) Company Profile: GM is the world's second-largest automaker, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and completed the world's biggest initial public offering in November. Short Interest Change: Short interest in GM rose 10.8% to 28.8 million positions as of Feb. 28. While the automaker was a high flying IPO pick for hedge fund managers, the stock actually now trades below its IPO price.
Exxon Mobil ( XOM) Company Profile: Exxon Mobil is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. Short Interest Change: Short interest in Exxon Mobil rose 12.5% to 33.4 million positions as of Feb. 28. As the price of oil has spiked, so have shares of Exxon, gaining more than 10% from the beginning of the Egyptian protests through a recent peak on Feb. 23 amid the crisis in Libya. Since Feb. 16, though, the stock has slipped 1.6%, which may be an indication that traders are booking quick profits in the oil giant.
AMR Corp. ( AMR) Company Profile: AMR Corp. is the parent of American Airlines, which provides scheduled jet service to approximately 160 destinations. Short Interest Change: Short interest in AMR rose 18.9% to 47.2 million positions as of Feb. 28. It's not surprising that as oil prices have held above $100 a barrel, airline stocks have crumbled and fees have ballooned. After crude surged above $100 on Feb. 18, AMR shares have fallen nearly 15%.
Nokia ( NOK) Company Profile: Nokia manufactures mobile devices that offer Internet services, music, maps, media, messaging and games. Short Interest Change: Short interest in Nokia soared 50.5% to 98.6 million positions as of Feb. 28. Nokia shares have plunged more than 20% in the last month, even after news came that Microsoft ( MSFT) would pay the handset maker billions of dollars after Nokia agreed to adopt Windows Phone 7.