Short Sellers Mixed on Most Actively Traded Shares (GE, NOK, BAC, VZ, ANR, MCD, AAPL, RIMM, MSFT, DELL, GMCR, CSCO)

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We have tracked the key short interest changes as of January 15 in the following large cap stocks: General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: ANR), McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Research In Motion Ltd. (NASDAQ: RIMM), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) and Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO).

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) short interest rose 7.5% to 56.63 million shares, or about 0.5% of GE’s float is now short.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) saw short interest rise by 7.1% to 312.51 million shares, about 8.3% of the company’s total float.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) short interest fell 11.9% to 164.35 million shares, which represents 1.5% of the company’s float.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) saw a 0.9% rise in short interest to 48.11 million shares, which represents about 1.7% of the firm’s float.

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: ANR) showed a drop of 1.9% in short interest, to 34.18 million shares, about 15.7% of Alpha’s float.

McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) showed a drop of 3.8% in short interest, to 11.64 million shares, about 1.2% of the company’s float.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) saw a short interest drop of 0.9% to 17.7 million shares, or 1.9% of the company’s float.

Research In Motion Ltd. (NASDAQ: RIMM) saw short interest fall by 1.4% to 135.12 million shares, or 28.9% of the total float.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) posted a 14.6% drop in short interest to 74.58 million shares, which is about 1% of Microsoft’s float.

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) short interest fall by 6.5%, to 57.37 million shares. That is about 3.9% of the company’s float.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) saw short interest fall by 3.2% to 31.01 million shares, or 25.6% of the company’s float.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) saw short interest rise by 8.5% to 58.25 million shares, or about 1.1% of the company’s float.

Research In Motion remains the most heavily shorted of these active stocks, with Green Mountain not far behind. Both face formidable competitors with much deeper pockets, but so far Green Mountain appears to be holding its own and RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 is expected to be a big step forward for the company.

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