Short Interest In PacWest Bancorp Drops 42.4%

The most recent short interest data has been released by the NASDAQ for the 06/14/2013 settlement date, which shows a 1,940,280 share decrease in total short interest for PacWest Bancorp (PACW), to 2,633,879, a decrease of 42.42% since 05/31/2013. Total short interest is just one way to look at short data; another metric that we here at Dividend Channel find particularly useful is the "days to cover" metric because it considers both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded. The number of shares short is then compared to the average daily volume, in order to calculate the total number of trading days (at the average volume) it would take to close out all of the open short positions if every share traded represented a short position being closed. Average daily volume for PACW at the 06/14/2013 settlement decreased to 257,094, as compared to 265,851 at the 05/31/2013 report. That brought "days to cover" down to 10.24, a 40.46% decrease from the 17.21 days to cover calculated at the previous short interest data release.

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The below chart shows the historical "days to cover" for PACW at previous short interest release dates:

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A decreased "days to cover" value could indicate that short sellers are no longer expecting the same decline in stock price they once were, or it could also indicate a long bet elsewhere was closed where PACW had been shorted as a hedge.

The chart below shows the one year performance of PACW shares, versus its 200 day moving average. Looking at this chart, PACW's low point in its 52 week range is $21.50 per share, with $30.59 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $30.53.

PacWest Bancorp Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, PACW makes up 3.03% of the KBW Regional Banking Portfolio ETF (KBWR) which is higher by about 1.9% on the day Thursday.

In afternoon trading Thursday, PACW was up about 2.4% on the day.

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