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Short interest data is now available for Nasdaq stocks through August
15th. Short interest has fallen sharply for some Chinese stocks:


Percentage changes in short interest

Online travel services:

  • Ctrip.com (ticker: CTRP)
    • Average daily share volume: 190,113
    • Shares short (8/15): 371,065
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +47.5%
    • % 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: 86,275
    • Shares short (8/15): 52,131
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -10.6%
    • % 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: 2,056,774
    • Shares short (8/15): 2,738,949
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -41.3%
    • % 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: 1,795,591
    • Shares short (8/15): 3,057,911
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +55.7%
    • % 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: 2,043,568
    • Shares short (8/15): 4.658,872
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +9.3%
    • % 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: 1,332,810
    • Shares short (8/15): 2,868,154
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +64.6%
    • % 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: 267,532
    • Shares short (8/15): 356,333
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +4.0%
    • % 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: 107,279
    • Shares short (8/15): 25,668
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -71.1%
    • % 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: 204,715
    • Shares short (8/15): 309,614
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -9.9%
    • % 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: 194,306
    • Shares short (8/15): 457,010
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -1.0%
    • % 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: 231,966
    • Shares short (8/15): 725,664
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +6.0%
    • % 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: 73,513
    • Shares short (8/15): 20,109
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +63.0%
    • % 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: 197,832
    • Shares short (8/15): 674,808
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -12.9%
    • % 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: 53,758
    • Shares short (8/15): 108,707
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -30.3%
    • % 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: 535,094
    • Shares short (8/15): 357,097
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +41.7%
    • % 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: 211,810
    • Shares short (8/15): 1,043,346
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -8.8%
    • % 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: 1,642,849
    • Shares short (8/15): 461,627
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +10.0%
    • % 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: 75,371
    • Shares short (8/15): 36,321
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -31.1%
    • % 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: 220,823
    • Shares short (8/15): 405,151
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -0.2%
    • % 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: 249,879
    • Shares short (8/15): 533,928
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: -8.9%
    • % 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: 1,997,221
    • Shares short (8/15): 17,781,861
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +6.2%
    • % 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: 24,598
    • Shares short (8/15): 63,568
    • % Change from July 15 to August 15: +25.7%
    • % 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%

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 plummets for SOHU, JRJC, CNTF, JOBS, KONG, and LONG