The most recent short interest data has been released for the 08/31/2017 settlement date, which shows a 961,370 share increase in total short interest for Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc (TTPH - Get Report), to 3,889,264, an increase of 32.83% since 08/15/2017. 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 TTPH at the 08/31/2017 settlement decreased to 856,396, as compared to 1,505,472 at the 08/15/2017 report. That brought "days to cover" up to 4.54, a 133.51% increase from the 1.94 days to cover calculated at the previous short interest data release.The below chart shows the historical "days to cover" for TTPH at previous short interest release dates: An increased "days to cover" value could indicate that short sellers are using the stock to hedge a long bet elsewhere, or could also mean that short sellers believe the stock will decline in price. When short sellers eventually cover their positions, by definition there must be buying activity because a share that is currently sold short must be purchased to be covered. So investors tend to keep an eye on that "days to cover" metric, because a high value could predict a sharper price increase should the company put out some unexpectedly good news — short sellers might then rush to cover their positions, and if the "days to cover" number is high, it would then be more difficult to close those positions without sending the stock higher (until the higher price produces enough sellers to generate the necessary volume the short sellers need to close their positions). The chart below shows the one year performance of TTPH shares, versus its 200 day moving average. Looking at this chart, TTPH's low point in its 52 week range is $3.11 per share, with $9.93 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $6.82.
More from Stocks
Microsoft Gains on Solid Results and Guidance: 10 Key Takeaways
The software giant beat estimates with the help of strong corporate demand for a number of different products and services. And it struck an upbeat tone about the upcoming fiscal year.
Replay: Jim Cramer on Netflix's Earnings, and His Three Keys for Earnings Season
Jim Cramer breaks down what investors need to know when it comes to Netflix, earnings season and how he's looking at the markets.
Amazon Prime Day Sales Topped $7 Billion: Internet Retailer
An early analysis by Internet Retailer estimates that Amazon's 48-hour Prime Day event hit $7.16 billion in sales, surpassing an earlier estimate of more than $6 billion.
Combative Hearings for Facebook's Libra Suggest Project Could Face Long Delays
After the contentious series of hearings, Rep. Maxine Waters and others said that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should be called to testify on plans for the cryptocurrency.
The 3 Things Jim Cramer Must See Before He'll Buy An Expensive Stock
Anything with a high P/E must have a large total addressable market, the ability to scale up its business and a wide 'moat.' One stock that fits the bill: Mastercard.