Short Sellers Can’t Make Up Their Minds on Major Semiconductors

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Semiconductor trends are considered to be leading indicators of technology and broader electronics demand. In a wider sense, semiconductor and tech stocks are considered to be leading indicators for the markets in general. A strong rally in the tech sector pushed many of these companies to new highs, but with the return of volatility, semiconductors will have to rally again if markets want to return to record levels.

The July 31 short interest data have been compared with the previous report. Short interest in these selected semiconductor stocks was mixed.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) saw its short interest decrease slightly to 83.30 million shares. The previous level was 83.31 million. Intel shares were last seen trading at $48.92, in a 52-week range of $34.38 to $57.60.

The number of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares short increased to 167.92 million from the previous reading of 161.54 million. Shares recently traded at $19.24, in a 52-week range of $9.04 to $20.18.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) saw the number of its shares short rise to 16.03 million from the 15.02 million reported in the previous period. Shares were changing hands at $64.82, in a 52-week trading range of $48.56 to $69.28.

Short interest in Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) fell to 14.50 million shares. The previous reading was 15.06 million. Shares were trading at $48.55, in a 52-week range of $41.94 to $62.40.

Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) saw its short interest decrease to 49.31 million shares from the previous reading of 51.30 million. Shares were trading at $51.59, in a 52-week range of $26.85 to $64.66.

And the short interest in Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) rose to 10.83 million shares from the previous 6.42 million. Shares were last seen trading at $213.45, in a 52-week range of $197.46 to $285.68.