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  • Stocks that became more expensive to borrow and short over the prior 7 days

    The stocks below showed the largest increase in borrowing cost last week, from May 6 to May 13.  The list was taken from US, Canadian and Japanese stock universe.  An increase in cost-to-borrow indicates a greater demand to short and/or a reduced supply of available shares to borrow.

    NameTickerChange in cost-to-borrow (bps)
    YONGYE INTL INC             YONG5,520
    APRICUS BIOSCIENCES INC     APRI4,423
    FEIHE INTL INC              ADY 3,639
    SULPHCO INC                 SUF 3,488
    LIFE PARTNERS HOLDINGS INC  LPHI2,434
    CHINA BIOLOGIC PRODS INC    CBPO2,426
    FIRST CLOVER LEAF FIN CORP  FCLF2,297
    NYMOX PHARMACEUTICAL CORP   NYMX2,269
    CHINA SHEN ZHOU MNG & RES INSHZ 2,098
    ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LPAB  1,813
    CHINA PRECISION STEEL INC   CPSL1,749
    CHINA GREEN AGRICULTURE INC CGA 1,578
    DUOYUAN GLOBAL WTR INC      DGW 1,509
    HSW INTERNATIONAL INC       HSWI1,497
    CHINA-BIOTICS INC           CHBT1,465
    AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS INC  AVNR1,458
    MAYFLOWER BANCORP INC       MFLR1,397
    HOKU CORP                   HOKU1,394
    PURE BIOSCIENCE INC         PURE1,348
    YRC WORLDWIDE INC           YRCW1,252
    EVERGREEN SOLAR INC         ESLR1,237
    PARK BANCORP INC            PFED1,197
    STERLING FINL CORP WASH     STSA1,133
    PUDA COAL INC               PUDA1,110
    SOMAXON PHARMACEUTICALS INC SOMX1,059
    LIHUA INTL INC              LIWA1,033
    USA TECHNOLOGIES INC        USAT1,025
    FIRST BANCORP P R           FBP 1,003
    AMERICAN INTL GROUP INC     AIG 992
    MARUKYU CO LTD    8167986
    ROYALE ENERGY INC           ROYL967
    SKYSTAR BIO-PHARMA CO       SKBI966
    LUCAS ENERGY INC            LEI 933
    FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC FSI 911
    ALANGE ENERGY CORP          ALE.TSXV905
    SANOFI AVENTIS              SNY 898
    CROSSHAIR EXPL & MNG CORP   CXZ 892
    SINO CLEAN ENERGY INC       SCEI888
    BIOANALYTICAL SYS INC       BASI885
    CHINA FIRE & SEC GROUP INC  CFSG858
    ZBB ENERGY CORPORATION      ZBB 838
    IBIO INC                    IBIO824
    CHINA VALVES TECHNOLOGY INC CVVT818
    AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR CORPAMSC805
    MARKET VECTORS ETF TR       IDX 804
    QCR HOLDINGS INC            QCRH801
    WESTINGHOUSE SOLAR          WEST.D750
    WINNER MEDICAL GRP INC      WWIN729
    MAD CATZ INTERACTIVE INC    MCZ 713
    LIGHTBRIDGE CORP            LTBR697

    May 16 4:30 PM | Link | 2 Comments
  • Short sellers have been steadily building up positions in AIG since early January
    The US Treasury recently announced that it would sell shares in AIG for $30.

    Since it peaked in early January, AIG's share price has steadily made its way towards that $30 level.  Over the same time period, shares borrowed (and shorted) has increased from 16 million shares to 28 million shares.


    Tags: AIG
    May 16 4:25 PM | Link | 2 Comments
  • Top 10 sectors that are the most expensive to borrow and short
    As of May 12, Life Sciences was the most expensive sector to borrow and short.  On average, the cost to short stocks in the sector was 1,595 basis points annualized.  The most expensive stocks in the sector are APRICUS BIOSCIENCES INC (APRI), RADIENT PHARMACEUTICALS CORP (RPC), PURE BIOSCIENCE INC  (OTCQB:PURE), BIOANALYTICAL SYS INC  (BASI), ARROWHEAD RESH CORP  (ARWR), ACCELR8 TECHNOLOGY CORP  (AXK), GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES LTD  (GENE), BG MEDICINE INC  (BGMD), COMPUGEN LTD  (CGEN), and BIODELIVERY SCIENCES INTL IN (BDSI).

    The most expensive stocks to borrow and short in the Pharmaceutical sector are SOMAXON PHARMACEUTICALS INC (SOMX), AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS INC  (AVNR), ADEONA PHARMACEUTICALS INC  (AEN), SKYSTAR BIO-PHARMA CO  (SKBI), NEOSTEM INC  (NBS), REPROS THERAPEUTICS INC  (RPRX),
    BIODEL INC  (BIOD), AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC (AXN), OCULUS INNOVATIVE SCIENCES I (OCLS), and CADENCE PHARMACEUTICALS INC  (CADX).



    Tags: AVNR, SYN, SKBI, NBS, RPRX, BIOD, AXN, OCLS, MNK
    May 13 9:41 AM | Link | Comment!
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