Nasdaq Short Interest August 2007

Below is the short interest for major company stocks traded on the Nasdaq. The figures are from August 15 and compare to numbers from July 13, 2007.

Investors were not willing to bet on a consolidation among discount brokers with the short interest in Schwab and E*Trade rising. It appears they did believe that Whole Foods would complete its merger with Wild Oats, lowering short interest in WFMI.

Short interest in cable companies, especially Comcast and Charter fell, perhaps indicating a bottom for those stocks.

And, shorts moved out of Yahoo! indicating that many investors do not see its shares falling further.

Largest Short Positions

Level 3 (LVLT)                                    129.3 million shares short

Comcast (CMCSA)                             113.2 million shares

Microsoft (MSFT)                                 97.2 million shares

Charter (CHTR)                                    94.5 million shares

Sirius (SIRI)                                         91.0 million shares

Intel (INTC)                                          84.0 million shares

Yahoo! (YHOO)                                   62.3 million shares

Cisco (CSCO)                                     57.5 million shares

Applied Materials (AMAT)                    50.3 million shares

Oracle (ORCL)                                    46.3 million shares

Conexant (CNXT)                                 45.5 million shares

Symantec (SYMC)                              42.9 million shares

Sun Microsystems (SUNW)                 41.0 million shares

Largest Increase In Short Position

Expedia (EXPE)                                  9.2 million share increase

E*Trade (ETFC)                                  7.7 million share increase

ON Semi (ONNN)                              6.8 million share increase

Ebay (EBAY)                                     5.5 million share increase

NetFlix (NFLX)                                   4.9 million share increase

Oracle (ORCL)                                   4.7 million share incrase

Schwab (SCHW)                                3.4 million share increase

Tivo (TIVO)                                         3.1 million share increase

Largest Decreases In Short Interest

Whole Foods Market (WFMI)               9.3 million shares decrease

Charter                                              9.2 million share decrease

Opsware (OPSW)                               8.9 million share decrease

Yahoo!                                               8.5 million share decrease

Dell (DELL)                                        8.4 million share decrease

Applied Materials                                8.2 million share decrease

Crocs (CROX)                                     8.0 million share decrease

Comcast                                            6.6 million share decrease

Data from NASD and WSJ

Douglas A. McIntyre


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