iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (EEM) Sees Large Decrease in Short Interest

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (NYSEARCA:EEM) was the recipient of a significant drop in short interest during the month of December. As of December 15th, there was short interest totalling 95,849,158 shares, a drop of 6.4% from the November 30th total of 102,439,802 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 61,099,519 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.6 days.

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (NYSEARCA:EEM) opened at $49.13 on Friday. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx has a 1-year low of $35.84 and a 1-year high of $49.13. The stock has a market cap of $41,170.00 and a P/E ratio of -3.16.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 20th were given a dividend of $0.6966 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 19th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.05%. This is an increase from iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.19. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -5.73%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Bridgewater Associates LP grew its position in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx by 44.5% in the 2nd quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP now owns 56,530,086 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $2,339,780,000 after purchasing an additional 17,409,308 shares during the period. Retirement Systems of Alabama grew its position in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx by 1.2% in the 3rd quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 16,413,006 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $735,467,000 after purchasing an additional 200,000 shares during the period. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board grew its position in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx by 22.5% in the 2nd quarter. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board now owns 16,362,632 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $677,249,000 after purchasing an additional 3,000,000 shares during the period. MKP Capital Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $699,036,000. Finally, Lincoln National Corp grew its position in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx by 5.9% in the 3rd quarter. Lincoln National Corp now owns 15,260,631 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $683,829,000 after purchasing an additional 848,328 shares during the period.

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About iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF, formerly iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (the Fund), seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded equity securities in global emerging markets, as measured by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (the Index).

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