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Finisar Co. (FNSR) Short Interest Down 15.9% in May

Finisar Co. (NASDAQ:FNSR) was the target of a large drop in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 7,830,380 shares, a drop of 15.9% from the April 28th total of 9,306,016 shares. Currently, 7.2% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 2,937,704 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.7 days. Shares of Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) opened at 25.25 on Friday. Finisar has a 12 month low of $16.50 and a 12 month high of $36.85. The stock’s 50 day moving average... 
 

Rent-A-Center Inc (RCII) Short Interest Down 16.7% in May

Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ:RCII) was the recipient of a large decrease in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 19,073,684 shares, a decrease of 16.7% from the April 28th total of 22,906,207 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 2,265,544 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 8.4 days. Currently, 37.8% of the company’s stock are sold short. Shares of Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) opened at 11.21 on Friday. Rent-A-Center has a 52-week low of $7.76 and a 52-week high of $13.73. The... 
 

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA) Short Interest Update

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) was the recipient of a significant decline in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 18,882,662 shares, a decline of 15.6% from the April 28th total of 22,377,906 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 18,672,385 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.0 days. Currently, 1.8% of the shares of the company are sold short. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) opened at 27.03 on Friday. The company’s 50 day moving average is $29.22... 
 

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (CTSH) Short Interest Update

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) was the recipient of a large drop in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 18,892,324 shares, a drop of 7.8% from the April 28th total of 20,481,413 shares. Approximately 3.2% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 4,908,768 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 3.8 days. Several research analysts have weighed in on CTSH shares. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reiterated an “outperform”... 
 

Investors Purchase High Volume of Put Options on FireEye (FEYE)

FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) saw unusually large options trading activity on Monday. Stock investors purchased 907 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 130% compared to the typical daily volume of 394 put options. A number of analysts have issued reports on FEYE shares. Bank of America Corp upgraded shares of FireEye from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $13.50 to $18.00 in a research note on Monday, March 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised FireEye... 
 

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD) Short Interest Down 6.8% in May

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) saw a large decrease in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 30,563,737 shares, a decrease of 6.8% from the April 28th total of 32,784,609 shares. Currently, 7.6% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 4,938,477 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 6.2 days. Brocade Communications Systems (NASDAQ:BRCD) opened at 12.63 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $12.58 and a 200-day... 
 

Traders Purchase High Volume of State Street Corp Call Options (STT)

State Street Corp (NYSE:STT) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Monday. Investors bought 8,958 call options on the company. This is an increase of 1,317% compared to the average volume of 632 call options. Shares of State Street Corp (NYSE:STT) opened at 81.99 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $30.85 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.34 and a beta of 1.40. State Street Corp has a 12-month low of $50.60 and a 12-month high of $85.38. The company’s 50 day moving average is $81.13 and its 200 day moving... 
 

Cheniere Energy Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (LNG)

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE:LNG) was the target of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Traders bought 25,723 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 809% compared to the typical daily volume of 2,830 call options. Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in Cheniere Energy by 3.7% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 16,980,682 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $802,676,000 after buying an additional... 
 

Investors Buy High Volume of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. Put Options (PAA)

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) saw some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors acquired 8,663 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 976% compared to the typical volume of 805 put options. Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Founders Capital Management acquired a new position in Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. during the first quarter worth $101,000. Trust Co. of Vermont increased its position in Plains All American Pipeline,... 
 

Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust Target of Unusually High Options Trading (JNUG)

Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NYSE:JNUG) saw some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Investors bought 15,023 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 288% compared to the average volume of 3,867 call options. Shares of Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NYSE:JNUG) opened at 17.28 on Friday. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $12.36 and a 200 day moving average of $8.91. Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust has a 52 week low of $13.72 and a 52 week high of $133.15. TRADEMARK... 
 

Stock Traders Buy Large Volume of Call Options on Time Warner (TWX)

Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) saw unusually large options trading activity on Monday. Investors purchased 29,810 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 901% compared to the typical daily volume of 2,978 call options. Several research firms have recently weighed in on TWX. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $108.00 target price on shares of Time Warner in a research report on Monday, April 17th. Wunderlich reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $107.50 target price on shares... 
 

Coherus Biosciences Inc (CHRS) Sees Large Increase in Short Interest

Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS) saw a large growth in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 4,493,743 shares, a growth of 3.3% from the April 28th total of 4,348,670 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 488,726 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 9.2 days. Shares of Coherus Biosciences (NASDAQ:CHRS) traded up 0.25% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $20.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 582,788 shares. Coherus Biosciences has a 12 month low of $14.00... 
 

Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Tesla Call Options (TSLA)

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Friday. Stock traders bought 177,653 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 229% compared to the average daily volume of 54,066 call options. In related news, CEO Elon Musk acquired 95,420 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 17th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $262.00 per share, with a total value of $25,000,040.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed... 
 

S & T Bancorp Inc (STBA) Short Interest Down 2.2% in May

S & T Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:STBA) saw a significant decline in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,113,119 shares, a decline of 2.2% from the April 28th total of 1,138,472 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 59,082 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 18.8 days. A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in STBA. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of S & T Bancorp by 48,472.8% in the first... 
 

Traders Purchase Large Volume of Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF Put Options (SMH)

Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSE:SMH) saw some unusual options trading on Tuesday. Investors purchased 11,241 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 258% compared to the average volume of 3,137 put options. Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSE:SMH) opened at 85.32 on Friday. Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF has a one year low of $53.09 and a one year high of $85.49. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $80.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $75.91. TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: This... 
 

Investors Buy Large Volume of Puma Biotechnology Call Options (PBYI)

Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE:PBYI) saw unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Stock traders bought 12,948 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 641% compared to the typical daily volume of 1,747 call options. Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Rothschild Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in Puma Biotechnology during the third quarter valued at $291,000. Capital Fund Management S.A. bought a new stake in Puma Biotechnology during the third quarter valued at... 
 

Fred's, Inc. (FRED) Short Interest Down 2.9% in April

Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRED) was the target of a significant decline in short interest in the month of April. As of April 28th, there was short interest totalling 14,702,005 shares, a decline of 2.9% from the April 13th total of 15,146,072 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 898,002 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 16.4 days. Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Alden Global Capital LLC purchased a new position in shares of Fred's during the fourth quarter valued at approximately... 
 

Investors Purchase High Volume of Jack in the Box Call Options (JACK)

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK) saw unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock investors purchased 883 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 195% compared to the average daily volume of 299 call options. A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Telsey Advisory Group downgraded shares of Jack in the Box from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $125.00 to $118.00 in a research report on Thursday,... 
 

Investors Purchase High Volume of Hain Celestial Group Call Options (HAIN)

Hain Celestial Group Inc (NASDAQ:HAIN) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Traders purchased 13,342 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 437% compared to the typical volume of 2,484 call options. Shares of Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN) opened at 35.96 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.72 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.00 and a beta of 0.97. Hain Celestial Group has a one year low of $32.87 and a one year high of $56.99. The stock has a 50 day moving average... 
 

Traders Purchase High Volume of Put Options on Silver Standard Resources (SSRI)

Silver Standard Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:SSRI) (TSE:SSO) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Investors purchased 10,731 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 1,622% compared to the typical daily volume of 623 put options. Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its stake in shares of Silver Standard Resources by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 59,043 shares of the basic... 
 

Herbalife Sees Unusually High Options Volume (HLF)

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) saw unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Stock traders acquired 13,995 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 257% compared to the average daily volume of 3,925 put options. A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Herbalife from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Tigress Financial assumed coverage on Herbalife in a research report on Monday, April 24th.... 
 

Short Interest in HD Supply Holdings Inc (HDS) Drops By 2.7%

HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) was the recipient of a large drop in short interest in April. As of April 28th, there was short interest totalling 3,142,311 shares, a drop of 2.7% from the April 13th total of 3,229,744 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,783,639 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.8 days. In related news, SVP Margaret Newman sold 1,896 shares of HD Supply Holdings stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.60, for a total value of $80,769.60. Following the... 
 

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (XLF)

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Investors acquired 11,230 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 192% compared to the typical daily volume of 3,844 put options. Shares of Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF) opened at 23.62 on Friday. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund has a one year low of $18.72 and a one year high of $25.30. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $23.53 and a 200-day moving average of $23.49. WARNING:... 
 

Intel Co. (INTC) Short Interest Update

Intel Co. (NASDAQ:INTC) was the target of a large increase in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 98,402,771 shares, an increase of 8.3% from the April 28th total of 90,883,038 shares. Approximately 2.1% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 21,928,390 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.5 days. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) opened at 36.26 on Friday. Intel has a 12 month low of $30.44 and a 12 month high of $38.45. The firm’s 50-day... 
 

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Short Interest Update

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 63,706,005 shares, an increase of 7.3% from the April 28th total of 59,371,467 shares. Currently, 7.2% of the company’s stock are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 7,399,695 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 8.6 days. YHOO has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $44.00 price target... 
 

Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) Short Interest Up 36.4% in May

Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 14,492,662 shares, an increase of 36.4% from the April 28th total of 10,628,442 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 8,153,495 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.8 days. Several equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Barrington Research reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Viacom in a research report on Friday, May 19th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered their... 
 

Two Rivers Bancorp (TRCB) Short Interest Down 16.7% in April

Two Rivers Bancorp (NASDAQ:TRCB) was the recipient of a significant drop in short interest during the month of April. As of April 28th, there was short interest totalling 25,671 shares, a drop of 16.7% from the April 13th total of 30,825 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 29,334 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 0.9 days. A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Bank of America Corp DE increased its position in shares of Two Rivers Bancorp by 5.0% in the first quarter.... 
 

Short Interest in Sabre Corp (SABR) Increases By 7.4%

Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR) was the target of a significant growth in short interest in May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 29,120,124 shares, a growth of 7.4% from the April 28th total of 27,108,126 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 4,531,092 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 6.4 days. Currently, 14.1% of the company’s shares are sold short. Shares of Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR) opened at 22.97 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.39 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.63 and a beta of... 
 

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (THLD) Short Interest Update

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:THLD) was the target of a large drop in short interest in May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,713,962 shares, a drop of 23.2% from the April 28th total of 2,231,533 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 211,221 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 8.1 days. A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. FMR LLC boosted its stake in shares of Threshold Pharmaceuticals by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns... 
 

Short Interest in MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) Expands By 2.8%

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) was the target of a large increase in short interest in May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 2,313,917 shares, an increase of 2.8% from the April 28th total of 2,250,061 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 467,049 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 5.0 days. In other news, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.75, for a total value of $68,750.00. Following the completion... 
 

Short Interest in CyberOptics Co. (CYBE) Rises By 6.9%

CyberOptics Co. (NASDAQ:CYBE) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 450,545 shares, an increase of 6.9% from the April 28th total of 421,519 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 132,788 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.4 days. A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. TheStreet cut CyberOptics from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Craig Hallum... 
 

Short Interest in UFP Technologies, Inc. (UFPT) Rises By 0.4%

UFP Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPT) saw a significant growth in short interest during the month of April. As of April 28th, there was short interest totalling 82,528 shares, a growth of 0.4% from the April 13th total of 82,213 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 13,461 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 6.1 days. Shares of UFP Technologies (NASDAQ:UFPT) opened at 27.40 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $198.13 million, a P/E ratio of 21.94 and a beta of 0.52. The company’s 50 day moving average... 
 

Short Interest in BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (BSTC) Increases By 15.5%

BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of April. As of April 28th, there was short interest totalling 137,738 shares, an increase of 15.5% from the April 13th total of 119,218 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 30,356 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 4.5 days. Shares of BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) opened at 51.65 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $370.38 million, a P/E ratio of 31.69 and a beta of 1.31. BioSpecifics Technologies... 
 

Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Activision Blizzard Call Options (ATVI)

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) was the target of some unusual options trading on Tuesday. Stock traders acquired 2,050 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 196% compared to the average volume of 693 call options. Several research analysts have recently commented on ATVI shares. Mizuho lifted their price objective on Activision Blizzard to $50.00 in a report on Friday, February 10th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Activision... 
 

Traders Buy Large Volume of Call Options on American International Group (AIG)

American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Friday. Stock traders bought 13,030 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 202% compared to the average daily volume of 4,316 call options. In other news, CEO Brian Duperreault acquired 80,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 18th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $61.48 per share, for a total transaction of $4,918,400.00. Following the completion of the acquisition,... 
 

CF Industries Holdings Sees Unusually High Options Volume (CF)

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Friday. Investors purchased 14,984 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 691% compared to the typical daily volume of 1,894 call options. Several brokerages have issued reports on CF. Citigroup Inc lowered their price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings from $36.00 to $31.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of CF Industries... 
 

Colgate-Palmolive Company Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (CL)

Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) saw unusually large options trading on Friday. Stock investors bought 7,078 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 314% compared to the typical volume of 1,709 put options. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) opened at 75.37 on Friday. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a 12 month low of $63.43 and a 12 month high of $76.86. The stock has a market capitalization of $66.57 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.20 and a beta of 0.70. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $73.07 and a 200 day moving... 
 

Investors Buy Large Volume of Bristol-Myers Squibb Call Options (BMY)

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Traders purchased 6,071 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 319% compared to the typical volume of 1,448 call options. Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) opened at 54.39 on Friday. Bristol-Myers Squibb has a 12 month low of $46.01 and a 12 month high of $77.12. The firm has a market cap of $89.60 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.89 and a beta of 1.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $54.27... 
 

AK Steel Holding Target of Unusually High Options Trading (AKS)

AK Steel Holding Co. (NYSE:AKS) was the target of some unusual options trading on Friday. Stock traders purchased 3,160 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 228% compared to the average volume of 962 call options. Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of AKS. Stifel Financial Corp acquired a new position in shares of AK Steel Holding during the first quarter valued at about $110,000. Elkfork Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of AK Steel Holding during the fourth quarter valued... 
 

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) Short Interest Up 19.6% in May

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) was the target of a significant growth in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 15,848,778 shares, a growth of 19.6% from the April 28th total of 13,247,319 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 6,067,612 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.6 days. Currently, 2.3% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) opened at 59.22 on Friday. Activision Blizzard has a 12 month low of $35.12 and a 12 month... 
 

Angie's List Inc (ANGI) Sees Significant Growth in Short Interest

Angie's List Inc (NASDAQ:ANGI) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 9,023,934 shares, a growth of 167.2% from the April 28th total of 3,377,779 shares. Currently, 19.9% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 4,189,804 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.2 days. Several analysts have recently issued reports on ANGI shares. Loop Capital reissued a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 target... 
 

American Airlines Group Inc (AAL) Short Interest Update

American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 41,441,337 shares, an increase of 11.9% from the April 28th total of 37,031,005 shares. Approximately 8.5% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 6,661,260 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 6.2 days. American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) opened at 48.02 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $23.65 billion,... 
 

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Short Interest Update

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) saw a significant increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 146,133,384 shares, an increase of 20.9% from the April 28th total of 120,912,729 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 85,433,863 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.7 days. Approximately 17.5% of the shares of the company are short sold. In other news, CFO Devinder Kumar sold 94,199 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 3rd. The shares were sold... 
 

Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares (TZA) Sees Large Drop in Short Interest

Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares (NYSE:TZA) saw a significant decline in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 2,218,166 shares, a decline of 42.6% from the April 28th total of 3,865,404 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 7,730,285 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 0.3 days. Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares (NYSE:TZA) traded down 0.28% on Thursday, reaching $17.73. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 9,542,189 shares. Direxion Daily Small... 
 

Warrior Met Coal LLC (HCC) Short Interest Up 55.2% in May

Warrior Met Coal LLC (NYSE:HCC) was the target of a significant increase in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,342,677 shares, an increase of 55.2% from the April 28th total of 865,149 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 394,641 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 3.4 days. Currently, 5.2% of the company’s stock are short sold. In other news, Director Franklin Mutual Advisers Llc sold 2,718,359 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 13th.... 
 

United States Oil Fund LP (USO) Short Interest Update

United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE:USO) saw a significant decline in short interest in the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 40,244,685 shares, a decline of 7.4% from the April 28th total of 43,479,071 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 32,955,836 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.2 days. Shares of United States Oil Fund (NYSE:USO) traded down 5.28% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $10.04. The stock had a trading volume of 83,752,634 shares. United States Oil Fund has a 52 week low of... 
 

Southwestern Energy Company Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (SWN)

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Thursday. Investors acquired 24,407 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 449% compared to the average volume of 4,447 call options. A number of analysts have weighed in on SWN shares. Cowen and Company upgraded Southwestern Energy Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $14.00 to $11.00 in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th.... 
 

Investors Purchase Large Volume of Call Options on Chesapeake Energy (CHK)

Chesapeake Energy Co. (NYSE:CHK) saw unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Traders acquired 29,476 call options on the company. This is an increase of 104% compared to the typical daily volume of 14,424 call options. A number of analysts recently weighed in on CHK shares. Wunderlich reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of Chesapeake Energy in a research report on Wednesday, March 29th. Stifel Nicolaus started coverage on shares of Chesapeake Energy in a research report on Thursday, March... 
 

Merck & Co. Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (MRK)

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors bought 3,268 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 476% compared to the average daily volume of 567 put options. Several equities analysts recently commented on MRK shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Merck & Co. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, May 10th. Sanford C. Bernstein... 
 

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc (MBII) Short Interest Update

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc (NASDAQ:MBII) was the target of a large increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 841,670 shares, an increase of 4.0% from the April 28th total of 809,058 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 107,954 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 7.8 days. A number of brokerages have issued reports on MBII. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Marrone Bio Innovations in a report on Friday, May 12th. Jefferies Group... 
 
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