Short Sellers Take Mixed Stance on Social Media Stocks

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Social media has taken the world by storm, building virtual communities for anyone who has internet access and allowing people to connect and share across the globe. Many of these sites have changed the world in terms of how we meet people, read the news, get jobs and even date. These companies are on the cutting edge of social trends and are a good beacon to look toward for change.

Facebook and Twitter are the main names in this group, with one hitting all-time highs while the other is holding near all-time lows. Despite being the preferred communication channel for the new U.S. commander-in-chief, Twitter still has been unable to monetize its platform, which has investors growing ever more concerned. However Twitter’s most recent earnings report has restored some faith in the stock. On the other hand, Facebook has been steadily expanding and is taking a sizable piece of the online advertising pie.

The April 13 short interest data have been compared with the previous report. Short interest moves in these selected social media stocks were mixed for this settlement date.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) had its short interest decrease to 19.80 million shares from the previous 20.54 million. Shares were last seen at $146.45, within a 52-week trading range of $106.31 to $147.59.

The number of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) shares short increased slightly to 70.62 million from the previous level of 70.18 million. Shares recently traded at $16.25, in a 52-week range of $13.73 to $25.25.

Match Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MTCH) saw its short interest decrease to 12.16 million shares from the previous 12.76 million. Shares were trading at $18.50, in a 52-week range of $10.72 to $19.74.

Weibo Corp.’s (NASDAQ: WB) short interest increased to 9.45 million shares from 9.36 million in the two weeks. Shares recently were changing hands at $53.95, within a 52-week trading range of $21.23 to $58.79.

Short interest in Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) increased to 8.79 million shares. The previous reading was 7.92 million. Shares recently traded at $34.50, in a 52-week range of $20.25 to $43.41.

Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) saw its short interest decrease to 36.30 million, compared to the previous level of 36.71 million. Shares were last trading at $21.55, in a post-IPO range of $18.90 to $29.44.