The most recent short interest data has been released by the NASDAQ for the 08/30/2013 settlement date, which shows a 1,084,840 share decrease in total short interest for iStar Financial Inc (SFI), to 9,656,927, a decrease of 10.10% since 08/15/2013. 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 SFI at the 08/30/2013 settlement increased to 765,092, as compared to 568,065 at the 08/15/2013 report. That brought "days to cover" down to 12.62, a 33.25% decrease from the 18.91 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 SFI at previous short interest release dates:

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 SFI had been shorted as a hedge.

The chart below shows the one year performance of SFI shares, versus its 200 day moving average. Looking at this chart, SFI's low point in its 52 week range is $7.12 per share, with $12.55 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $12.00.

iStar Financial Inc Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, SFI makes up 2.38% of the Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT) which is higher by about 0.8% on the day Thursday.

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In afternoon trading Thursday, SFI was up about 1% on the day.