Short Sellers Back Off Major Cybersecurity Firms

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 December 31 short interest data have been compared with the previous figures, and short interest in most of these selected cybersecurity stocks decreased.

FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) saw its short interest fall to 16.39 million shares from the previous reading of 18.25 million. Shares were last seen trading at $16.91, in a 52-week range of $13.60 to $20.61.

Short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) decreased to 339,400 shares from the previous level of 401,500. Shares were trading at $78.58, within a 52-week range of $40.63 to $84.21.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.’s (NASDAQ: CHKP) short interest decreased to 7.24 million shares from the previous 7.66 million. Shares were trading at $107.82, in a 52-week range of $93.76 to $120.81.

The number of Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares short was 5.34 million. The previous level was 5.65 million. Shares traded at $196.00, within a 52-week trading range of $148.41 to $239.50.

Fortinet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: FTNT) short interest increased to 10.65 million shares from the previous 10.10 million. Shares were trading at $73.21. The 52-week range is $43.55 to $94.37.