January 28, 2010 / 12:12 AM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Biggest changes in Nasdaq short interest

 NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Short interest on the Nasdaq rose 2.3 percent in the first half of January, the exchange said on Wednesday, suggesting an uptick in bearish sentiment in the stock market. For story please see [ID:nNLLRCE62Z]
 Below are the five Nasdaq stocks that experienced the largest net increases and decreases in their short positions from the end of December to mid-January.
 The five companies with the largest overall short positions are also listed.
 The latest date is as of January 15, while the previous period’s data is as of December 31. COMPANY                      NEW DATE       OLD DATE   NET CHANGE  PCT CHANGE ——————————————————————————————————————- FIVE BIGGEST INCREASES: YRC Worldwide Inc (YRCW.O)  44,183,319     25,625,639   18,557,680    72.4 Palm Inc PALM.O           73,881,910     62,447,996   11,433,914    18.3 Comcast Corp, class ‘A’ special common stock CMCSK.O              2,497,199      5,200,230    7,296,969   140.3 DryShips Inc (DRYS.O)       13,890,122      9,070,685    4,819,437    53.1 Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O)        32,419,730     27,727,114    4,692,616    16.9 FIVE BIGGEST DECREASES: Cell Therapeutics (CTIC.O)  54,385,160     66,081,545  -11,696,385   -17.7 Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)     54,841,423     64,852,015  -10,010,592   -15.4 Associated Banc-Corp ASBC.O                    11,156,638     16,029,458   -4,872,820   -30.4 Marvell Technology (MRVL.O) 12,895,105     17,566,883   -4,671,778   -26.6 Comcast Corp, class ‘A’ common stock (CMCSA.O)      49,346,203     53,810,116   -4,463,913    -8.3 FIVE BIGGEST POSITIONS: Level 3 Communications
 LVLT.O                    99,859,495     97,087,600    2,771,895     2.9 E*Trade Financial (ETFC.O)  85,764,240     89,958,710   -4,194,470    -4.7 Palm Inc PALM.O           73,881,910     62,447,996   11,433,914    18.3 Mylan Inc (MYL.O)           72,441,450     76,624,314   -4,182,864    -5.5 Micron Technology (MU.O)    71,565,344     67,577,983    3,987,361     5.9
 Source: Nasdaq data as of Jan. 15
 (Reporting by Leah Schnurr)   

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