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Short interest data is now available for Nasdaq stocks through July 15th. Short interest has rocketed for some Chinese stocks:


Percentage changes in short interest

Online travel services:

  • Ctrip.com (ticker: CTRP)
    • Average daily share volume: 177,117
    • Shares short (7/15): 251,543
    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -5.5%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -21.7%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -30.8%
  • eLong (ticker: LONG)
    • Average daily share volume: 59,241

    • Shares short (7/15): 58,283

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -2.5%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +2.5%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -36.2%

Internet services:

  • Sohu.com (ticker: SOHU)
    • Average daily share volume: 900,647

    • Shares short (7/15): 4,666,709

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +1.8%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -6.9%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +7.3%
  • Sina.com (ticker: SINA)
    • Average daily share volume: 966,334

    • Shares short (7/15): 1,963,632

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -37.0%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -2.7%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -11.5%

Online games:

  • Shanda Interactive (ticker: SNDA)
    • Average daily share volume: 1,301,207

    • Shares short (7/15): 4,261,556

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +1.3%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +17.5%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +18.2%
  • Netease.com (ticker: NTES)
    • Average daily share volume: 769,194

    • Shares short (7/15): 1,742,516

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -40.5%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -16.2%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +10.7%
  • The9 (ticker: NCTY)
    • Average daily share volume: 198,892

    • Shares short (7/15): 342,793

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +25.5%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -30.2%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +0.1%
  • (Korean) Webzen (ticker: WZEN)
    • Average daily share volume: 50,073

    • Shares short (7/15): 88,793

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +11.0
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -32.7%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -5.2%

Wireless services:

  • KongZhong (ticker: KONG)
    • Average daily share volume: 127,602

    • Shares short (7/15): 343,480

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -42.4%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -50.9%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +6.1%
  • Linktone (ticker: LTON)
    • Average daily share volume: 156,854

    • Shares short (7/15): 461,670

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -3.8%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -28.2%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +4.3%
  • Tom Online (ticker: TOMO)
    • Average daily share volume: 149,665

    • Shares short (7/15): 684,692

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -12.2%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +0.3%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -12.3%
  • Hurray (ticker: HRAY)
    • Average daily share volume:  107,016

    • Shares short (7/15): 12,336

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +11.7%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -4.4%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -39.2%

Employee recruiting and human resources services:

  • 51Job (ticker: JOBS)
    • Average daily share volume: 137,401

    • Shares short (7/15): 774,685

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -11.9%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -27.9%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +4.6%

Financial services:

  • China Finance Online (ticker: JRJC)
    • Average daily share volume: 58,714

    • Shares short (7/15): 156,050

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -29.3%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +18.1%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -49.4%

Software services:

  • Ninetowns (ticker: NINE)
    • Average daily share volume: 143,429

    • Shares short (7/15): 252,000

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +11.5%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +87.9%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +26.5%
  • AsiaInfo Holdings (ticker: ASIA)
    • Average daily share volume: 317,843

    • Shares short (7/15): 1,143,374

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +3.2%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -8.6%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +4.6%
  • CDC Corporation (ticker: CHINA)
    • Average daily share volume: 1,229,826

    • Shares short (7/15): 419,725

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -16.6%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +12.3%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -3.5%

Telecom services:

  • China Techfaith Wireless (ticker: CNTF)
    • Average daily share volume: 61,545

    • Shares short (7/15): 52,732

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +77.9%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +17.8%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: N/A
  • Qiao Xing Telephone (ticker: XING)
    • Average daily share volume: 389,009

    • Shares short (7/15): 405,748

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -16.9%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -22.5%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -2.2%
  • PacficNet (ticker: PACT)
    • Average daily share volume: 299,770

    • Shares short (7/15): 586,238

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +5.9%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: +11.7%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -21.8%
  • UTStarcom (ticker: UTSI)
    • Average daily share volume: 3,438,325

    • Shares short (7/15): 16,748,443

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: +15.7%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -1.5%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: +10.1%

Autos:

  • China Automotive Systems (ticker: CAAS)
    • Average daily share volume: 18,846

    • Shares short (7/15): 50,558

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -23.6%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -16.5%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -21.9%

Jewelry:

  • LJ International (ticker: JADE)
    • Average daily share volume: 50,436

    • Shares short (7/15): 28,301

    • % Change from June 15 to July 15: -78.5%
    • % Change from May 15 to June 15: -11.4%
    • % Change from April 15 to May 15: -20.4%

Quick comment on "short interest" from The Internet Stock Blog: High
short interest can be interpreted two ways: it represents pent-up
buying demand, so it's technically bullish; but it might show that
smart investors are bearish on a stock, in which case it's bearish.
Most analysts interpret high short interest as bullish, particularly
for stocks with small floats, in which case high short interest signals
risk of a short-squeeze.

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Source: Short interest jumps for NCTY, HRAY, NINE, CNTF and UTSI