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Major Oil Short Interest Gains Momentum

The short interest data have been released for the September 15 settlement date. It just so happens that some of the latest short interest readings for major oil companies are backing off highs, while others are pushing on new highs.

The September 15 short interest data have been compared with the previous figures, and short interest for the selected stocks increased almost across the board.

Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) saw its short interest increase to 28.01 million shares from the previous reading of 24.99 million. Shares closed Thursday at $76.89, in a 52-week trading range of $69.58 to $122.61.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) saw its short interest take a jump to 62.77 million shares from the previous level of 55.70 million. Shares closed Thursday at $72.73, within a 52-week trading range of $66.55 to $97.20.

BP PLC’s (NYSE: BP) short interest decreased to 4.75 million shares from its previous reading of 7.29 million. Shares closed Thursday at $30.16, in a 52-week trading range of $29.50 to $44.99.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) saw the number of its shares short increase to 32.15 million from the previous 30.27 million. Note that the most recent short interest readings back to December are at an elevated level, compared to the other half of the 52-week range. Shares closed Thursday at $47.76, within a 52-week trading range of $41.10 to $78.70.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), or Petrobras, saw its short interest rise to 143.77 million shares from its previous reading of 137.64 million. Shares closed Thursday at $4.14, in a 52-week trading range of $3.77 to $17.64. Unfortunately, Petrobras may be trading on an entirely different set of fundamentals and sentiment due to its woes in Brazil.

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) short interest increased to 17.91 million shares from the previous reading of 15.06 million. Shares closed most recently at $65.08, in a 52-week trading range of $64.14 to $94.55.

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By Chris Lange


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