Apple short interest falls 10%

“The short interest in Apple Inc. recently dropped 9.6% to 65.7 million shares, a possible sign that traders who benefit from falling share prices have stepped away from the company as its stock continues to soar,” Douglas A. McIntyre reports for 24/7 Wall Street.

“The measure of short interest in Nasdaq stocks is as of March 13,” McIntyre reports. “The wisdom of the short sellers’ decision is supported by the movement of Apple’s shares since the beginning of the year. Despite its mammoth $744 billion market cap, Apple’s stock is up almost 15%, compared to an improvement of less than 6% in the S&P 500.”

“Short sellers betting against Apple for a longer period may have been burned as well,” McIntyre reports. “Apple’s shares are up 91% over the past two years, against a 54% improvement in the S&P 500.”

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  1. With 5.8B shares outstanding, 65M share represents about 1% of the total # of shares. Doesn’t seem much but heavy trading on those can significantly affect the share price.
    With the Apple Watch preorders coming up soon, shorting maybe harder to win on. Following that will be the product release day which will undoubtable result in sold out stock over the weekend.
    If the shorts can spread FUD over the next month about potentially production / quality issues then maybe they can make some cash.

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