Short Interest: BP plc (BP), Chevron (CVX), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Novartis AG (NVS)

Recent short interest data for the 8/15/2014 settlement date shows a significant increase in short interest for shares of BP plc (BP). As of August 15, the short interest for the oil and natural gas producer totaled 5,939,205 shares, as compared to 4,348,059 shares since July 31, an increase of 36.59%. Average daily volume [AVM] for the same period rose by 450,000 to 5,430,816 shares from 4,980,993 shares. It is worth noting that ticker’s short interest has declined by more than 2M shares, or 25.41%, from the 1/15/2014 settlement date.

Based on the latest AVM, the days-to-cover ratio — a metric that includes both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded — is currently 1.09 days. Days-to-cover for BP increased to 1.09 for the August 15 settlement date, as compared to 1.00 days at the July 31 report.

BP plc has a beta of 1.65 and a short float of 0.20%. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the London-based company have traded between a low of $41.30 and a high of $53.48 and are now at $45.33. Shares are up 47.99% year-over-year and 40.05% year-to-date.

Recent short interest data for the 8/15/2014 settlement date shows a decrease in short interest for shares of Chevron Corporation (CVX). As of August 15, the short interest for the multinational energy corporation totaled 18,987,282 shares, as compared to 19,877,842 shares since July 31, a decline of -4.48 %. Average daily volume [AVM] for the same period increased by 669,000 to 5,413,191 shares from 4,744,883 shares. It is worth noting that ticker’s short interest has jumped by more than 5M shares, or 36.94%, from the 1/15/2014 settlement date.

Based on the latest AVM, the days-to-cover ratio — a metric that includes both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded — is currently 3.50 days. Days-to-cover for CVX decreased to 3.50 for the August 15 settlement date, as compared to 4.18 days at the July 31 report.

Chevron Corporation has a beta of 1.09 and a short float of 1.00%. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the San Ramon, California-based company have traded between a low of $109.27 and a high of $135.10 and are now at $126.21. Shares are up 4.13% year-over-year and 1.04% year-to-date.

Recent short interest data for the 8/15/2014 settlement date shows a decrease in short interest for shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM). As of August 15, the short interest for the crude oil and natural gas producer totaled 45,331,471 shares, as compared to 46,134,188 shares since July 31, a decline of -1.74 %. Average daily volume [AVM] for the same period rose by more than 1.2M to 10,262,997 shares from 9,055,052 shares. It is worth noting that ticker’s short interest has decreased by about 10.72M shares, or 19.13%, from the 12/31/2013 settlement date.

Based on the latest AVM, the days-to-cover ratio — a metric that includes both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded — is currently 4.41 days. Days-to-cover for XOM decreased to 4.41 for the August 15 settlement date, as compared to 5.09 days at the July 31 report.

Exxon Mobil has a beta of 0.89 and a short float of 1.07%. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the Irving, Texas-based company have traded between a low of $84.79 and a high of $104.76 and are now at $97.77. Shares are up 12.06% year-over-year ; down 3.39% year-to-date.

Recent short interest data for the 8/15/2014 settlement date shows a decrease in short interest for shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). As of August 15, the short interest for the American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer totaled 22,154,213 shares, as compared to 25,520,772 shares since July 31, a decline of -13.19 %. Average daily volume [AVM] for the same period fell by about 739,000 to 6,286,904 shares from 7,025,057 shares. It is worth noting that ticker’s short interest has fallen by more than 9M shares, or 28.71%, from the 3/31/2014 settlement date.

Based on the latest AVM, the days-to-cover ratio — a metric that includes both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded — is currently 3.52 days. Days-to-cover for JNJ decreased to 3.52 for the August 15 settlement date, as compared to 3.63 days at the July 31 report.

Johnson & Johnson has a beta of 0.54 and a short float of 0.80% In the past 52 weeks, shares of the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company have traded between a low of $85.50 and a high of $106.74 and are now at $104.05. Shares are up 19.38% year-over-year and 13.60% year-to-date.

Recent short interest data for the 8/15/2014 settlement date shows an increase in short interest for shares of Novartis AG (NVS). As of August 15, the short interest for the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company totaled 2,041,672 shares, as compared to 1,585,127 shares since July 31, an increase of 28.81 %. Average daily volume [AVM] for the same period fell to 991,544 shares from 1,099,795 shares. It is worth noting that ticker’s short interest has declined by about 3.45M shares, or 65.18%, from the 2/14/2014 settlement date.

Based on the latest AVM, the days-to-cover ratio — a metric that includes both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares traded — is currently 2.05 days. Days-to-cover for NVS increased to 2.05 for the August 15 settlement date, as compared to 1.44 days at the July 31 report.

Novartis has a beta of 0.55 and a short float of 0.09%. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the Basel, Switzerland-based company have traded between a low of $72.77 and a high of $94.66 and are now at $93.28. Shares are up 22.87% year-over-year and 16.05% year-to-date.

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