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Monday, 19 July 2004
A Reader Writes
Hello Friends! Happy Monday everyone. Checking the mail this morning, Paul writes:

"Bob - a wonderful site and thanks for your time consumming
analysis - could you tell me how to find "shorts" for any particular company - thanks, paul
"

Thanks Paul for writing! I have found that the level of short interest is an interesting statistic which may be indicative of future price movement. This serves two purposes, raising the question that somebody may actually know something bad about a company...and maybe the individual investor should be cautious. Or perhaps on a more encouraging note, if there is a large short interest, then maybe these shares, which need to be covered eventually, will drive the price higher in a "squeeze".

I use Yahoo.com for most of my data. Unfortunately, it is always a little stale...and if somebody has a better place to look, well then let me know. However, it is adequate for my purposes. If you go to "Key Statistics", which for illustration purposes, I am using SANDISK...which can be found along the left hand side of the main quote section: on the "Summary" section of each Yahoo finance quote, you can find "Key Statistics" under "Company"....then looking in the second column of the "Key Statistics" you will see the number of shares out short, the date of that statistic, and the short ratio which is the number of days of current average trading volume that it would take to cover. For my purposes, I use 3 days as a cut-off of significant short interest!

Thanks again for your inquiry. I hope that was helpful and answers your question. If you have any other questions or anyone else for that matter, please feel free to email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com . Please remember that I am an AMATEUR investor, so please consult with your professional investment advisors before making any investment decisions based on information contained on my website.

Bob


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