Energy Business

Short sellers made some big moves in alternative energy stocks during the two-week reporting period that ended June 30. Short interest in solar stocks was more benign.
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Chinese lithium-ion battery maker CBAK announced an agreement that implies financial help is on the way to expand the company's production capacity. Details are a little thin.
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Occidental Petroleum has announced an offer to repurchase some $1.5 billion in outstanding senior debt and filed to offer new debt with longer maturities.
In the two-week short interest period that ended June 15, oil and gas stocks mostly saw declines in short selling, but share prices fell off a cliff for most.
Short interest in solar and alternative energy stocks was mixed during the two-week reporting period that ended on June 15. One alt energy stock doubled in value during the period.