Mixed Short Interest In Brokerage Stocks (GS, BSC, LEH, MS)

September 21, 2007 by Douglas A. McIntyre

There was no clear direction in the change in NYSE short interest on the major bulge bracket brokerage firms.  If you look at the earnings this week, Goldman Sachs seems to have been the key winner.  Its stock gave back all of its early gains after the earnings were out, but Jim Cramer came out Thursday night on CNBC’s Mad Money to call Goldman the key winner and said it’s going significantly higher by this time next year.

Here is a list of the bulge bracket brokerage firm and investment banker stocks showing the change in the short interest from August to September 2007:

Brokerage Stock            SEPT          AUG       %Change
Goldman Sachs (GS)  10.359M    9.907M        4.56%
Morgan Stanley (MS)    14.226M    16.059M    -11.40%
Merrill Lynch (MER)      23.230M    23.279M     -0.20%
Lehman Bros. (LEH)    25.259M    24.190M     4.40%
Bear Stearns (BSC)     14.636M    12.082M     21.00%

There was a lot of mixed feelings heading into earnings for the brokerage firm stocks this week.  The mixed results in short selling makes sense if you consider the overall environment.

Jon C. Ogg
September 21, 2007