Short Interest Decreases By 24.3% For MBFI

The most recent short interest data has been released by the NASDAQ for the 08/29/2014 settlement date, which shows a 582,016 share decrease in total short interest for MB Financial Inc ( MBFI), to 1,810,010, a decrease of 24.33% since 08/15/2014. 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 MBFI at the 08/29/2014 settlement increased to 329,438, as compared to 199,771 at the 08/15/2014 report. That brought "days to cover" down to 5.49, a 54.11% decrease from the 11.97 days to cover calculated at the previous short interest data release.

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

START SLIDESHOW:
Top 25 S.A.F.E. Dividend Stocks »

Loading+chart++2014+TickerTech.com

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 MBFI had been shorted as a hedge.

The chart below shows the one year performance of MBFI shares, versus its 200 day moving average. Looking at this chart, MBFI's low point in its 52 week range is $24.44 per share, with $32.85 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $29.19.

MB Financial Inc Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, MBFI makes up 2.35% of the Proshares Ultra KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRU) which is higher by about 0.7% on the day Thursday.

In afternoon trading Thursday, MBFI was up about 1.1% on the day.

If you liked this article you might like

20 Mid-Cap Dividend Growers Are Blips on My Tracking Radar

20 Mid-Cap Dividend Growers Are Blips on My Tracking Radar

Analysts' Actions -- Kinder Morgan, AT&T, Verizon, 3M and More

Analysts' Actions -- Kinder Morgan, AT&T, Verizon, 3M and More

Insider Trading Alert - QCOM, MBFI And IIIN Traded By Insiders

Insider Trading Alert - QCOM, MBFI And IIIN Traded By Insiders

Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: JTD, CII, MBFI

Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: JTD, CII, MBFI

Doha Oil Talks Fail: What It Means for the Markets in the Week Ahead

Doha Oil Talks Fail: What It Means for the Markets in the Week Ahead