Short Sellers Run for Cover From Cybersecurity Stocks

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Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important issue that companies have to address as they continue to develop new platforms and mobile apps. Hackers have been able to steal credit card and personal information from major companies like Equifax, JPMorgan and Home Depot. As a result, cybersecurity has become more necessary, and instead of developing a dedicated department within a company, most opt to hire a third-party cybersecurity firm.

What is interesting here is that many investors think cybersecurity is the next area in technology that needs real consolidation.

The March 29 short interest data have been compared with the previous figures, and short interest in these selected cybersecurity stocks decreased.

FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) saw its short interest decrease to 14.54 million shares from the previous reading of 15.49 million. Shares were last seen trading at $17.14, in a 52-week range of $11.82 to $18.84.

The short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) decreased to 861,800 shares from the previous level of 909,700. Shares were trading at $51.23, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $55.63.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.’s (NASDAQ: CHKP) short interest decreased to 8.45 million shares from the previous reading of 9.58 million. Shares were trading at $102.51, in a 52-week range of $95.03 to $119.20.

The number of Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares short was 4.35 million. The previous level was 5.34 million. Shares closed most recently at $186.82, within a 52-week trading range of $107.37 to $197.20.

Fortinet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: FTNT) short interest decreased to 3.93 million shares from the previous 4.38 million. Shares were trading at $56.23. The 52-week range is $35.44 to $56.53.