Stock Tickers: TYC, MS, F, CY, SPWR, TRB, KFT, MO, HB, ASD, EMC, DJ, AA, WY
It is always interesting to see how short sellers treat shares of stocks that are undergoing a spin-off, a restructuring, or an organizational change. Frequently you see large changes upand down as shareholder initiatives such as a spin-off, a corporate break-up, a questionable acquisition breaking apart, or a recapitalization can affect the street perception. These also often take months or longer to come to fruition. These are not all of the restructurings and spin-offs in NYSE-listed stocks, but these are a sample of the more watched deals.
Those with increased short selling…..
Tyco International (TYC), as it gets closer to its near-forever break-up into 3 units next week. Tyco short interest grew from 20.89 million in May to 21.81 million in June. Short sellers must not be seeing value just like we don’t.
Morgan Stanley (MS) as it gets ready to dump the poorest image image credit card in the country, Discover Card. Morgan Stanley saw a 9% gain from May’s 10.2 million shares in the short interest grow to 11.16 million shares.
Ford (F), which is likely selling two units of Rover and Jaguar and might sell its finance business. Ford saw a huge jump in short selling from 208.8 million in May to 214.1 million in June. Ford shares are actually up 50% from the 52-week lows. believe it or not.
Cypress Semiconductor (CY) as some recent hope has come out for the company to unlock more value by unloading more of its holdings in SunPower Corp. (SPWR). CY shares have seen an increased short selling from 13.89 million in May to 15.495 million in June, a gain of 10.3%.
Tribune (TRB) now that the Sam Zell privatization pilfering is closer. The 6.1 million shares in May has grown to 6.88 million shares, a gain of more than 10% in short selling.
Kraft (KFT) and Altria (MO), now that the Kraft (KFT) spin-out has finally occurred and some more time has passed on the calendar. MO saw a drop of 11% from 53.2 million shares down to 47.2 million shares, which could have been expected; and you saw the inverse move in KFT with may’s short interest of 32.14 million shares growing to 39.2 million shares in June.
Hillenbrand (HB) as it gets ready to split the medical products and beds from the casket unit. Hillenbrand saw May’s short interest of 1.43 million shares grow 2% to 1.459 million shares in June.
The decliners….Not as active as the increases…..
American Standard (ASD), after its spin-off of WABCO. ASD saw a drop in its short short interest of 30% from 7.46 million shares down to 5.15 million shares in June.
EMC (EMC) as the company is closer to the spin-off date for VMWare, which is expected to be a hot IPO or spin-off issue. EMC short interest was actually a decline of 6.5% from 38.93 million in May to 36.37 million in June.
Dow Jones (DJ) saw a drop in its shares in the short interest with May’s 5.78 million shares drop down to 4.94 million shares as financial betters didn’t want to increase their bets that the company would stay private.
Alcoa (AA), as prey or bait? Short sellers don’t want to find out. May’s 16.8 million shares in the short interest fell to 14.68 million shares in June.
Weyerhaeuser (WY) saw its 9.16 million shares in its short interest drop to 7.76 million as investors are still thinking the value will unlock as a potential break-up, REIT-Conversion, or asset sales.
Jon C. Ogg
June 22, 2007
Jon Ogg can be reached at email@example.com; he does not own securities in the companies he covers.