Shorts sellers seemed to grow wary as October wound down and the holiday shopping season and presidential election approached, at least judging by the most shorted stocks traded on the Nasdaq. The number of shares short dwindled for many of them between the October 14 and October 31 settlement dates. But there were a couple of stocks that bucked that trend.
Note that still only two Nasdaq stocks had more than 100 million shares short by the end of the most recent period. In fact, those top two remain very far ahead of the pack.
The number of shares short in Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) has increased in nine of the past 11 periods. Yet it retreated most recently by less than 2% to more than 231.99 million shares. That was 20.0% of the telecom’s float, as well as the second highest level of short interest in at least a year. The days to cover jumped up to about 16 as the average daily volume dwindled.
The more than 227.92 million Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) shares short by the end of October was about 10% higher than on the previous settlement date. That was the eighth period in a row of short interest above 200 million shares. Some 13.4% of the company’s float was sold short most recently. At the current average daily volume, it would take more than...