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As usual, this table lists stocks that have at least 10 percent of their float sold short and then shows the top ten based on the previous day's gain. The last field shows how the stock is performing in today's session. This can be a useful tool for finding situations where stocks with heavy short interest have begun to move. All returns are shown in percentages.

Note - more information on short interest can be found by clicking here.

Company Yesterday's
Percent of Float
Sold Short
Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) 9.6 76.2 30.37 -2.27
eResearch Technology Inc. (ERES) 8.3 14.9 12.07 3.56
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) 6.8 39.3 13.83 0.43
UCBH Holdings, Inc. (UCBH) 6.3 11.3 17.37 -0.23
TASER International, Inc. (TASR) 5.1 31.7 11.20 7.51
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc (MDRX) 5.0 21.4 13.40 -2.17 (ECLG) 4.7 18.0 9.50 0.84
Jupitermedia Corporation (JUPM) 4.7 16.4 16.75 -0.78
Royal & SunAlliance (RSA) 3.6 24.1 7.29 -0.96
Cree, Inc. (CREE) 3.4 16.7 25.00 1.64

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Tim says - "While DELL has popped, it does not seem to be taking the market with it. A bad omen for the Bulls today?"

My response - It is definitely something to ponder...I do think it is worth noting the SPX, DJIA, and RUT have just made lower lows than the past two days...

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At the Open

by 5/13/2005 9:56 AM
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The opening bell has rung and here is what I see...

The positive chatter on Dell has given the COMP and NDX a bit of a morning boost, but for the most part, the picture is fairly mixed as the SPX and DJIA are not able to gain any traction.

And at the risk of getting chastised again I want to note the action in the semis as group tries to rally. While I would not call myself a bull on the group, they did show some strength yesterday morning and did hold above breakeven as the rest of the market broke down yesterday. (For more on yesterday's action in the semis check out - "Semis" and "Chart Chatter - SMH").

Overall though, it seems like a somewhat disappointing open for the bulls given the sell-off we saw yesterday....


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Daily Index Charts

by 5/13/2005 9:28 AM
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Last night I promised I would update the daily index charts we have been tracking and I want to do that before the action gets rolling...

Created with SuperCharts by Omega Research

For the most part, the picture remains one of resistance. As I have been noting, the SPX ticked above resistance but this was not confirmed by the action of the other indices. Now the SPX has fallen back below that zone. If the bulls are going to (able to) break the downward momentum, it seems that they will need to make a push here soon...

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Bill says - "Nick: I am relatively new to SIR and a regular reader of your Blog. I can figure out most but not all of the abbreviations for the various sectors that you summarize in horizontal bar graphs of the market. Is there a list somewhere?"

My response - I am ashamed to admit that Bill is not the only one who has asked for this and I apologize that it took me this so long to put this together....

  • .SPX is the S&P 500 (SPX)
  • .DJIA is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)
  • COMP is the Nasdaq Composite (COMP)
  • .NDX is the Nasdaq 100 Index (NDX)
  • RUT is the Russell 2000 (RUT)
  • OEX is the S&P 100 (OEX)
  • SOX is the PHLX Semiconductor Index (SOX)
  • NWX is the Amex Networking Index (NWX)
  • INX is the CBOE Internet Index (INX)
  • BTK is the Amex Biotech Index (BTK)
  • TLT is the iShares Treasury Bond (TLT)
  • DRG is the AMEX Pharmaceutical Index (DRG)
  • HGX is the PHLX Housing Index (HGX)
  • CYC is the Cyclical Index (CYC)
  • BKX is the PHLX Banking Index (BKX)
  • XBD is the Broker/Dealer Index (XBD)
  • .OIL is the Composite Crude Oil
  • OSX is the PHLX Oil Services (OSX)
  • XOI is the Oil & Gas Index (XOI)
  • XNG is the Natural Gas Index (XNG)
  • GLD is the streetTRACKS Gold (GLD)
  • HUI is the Amex Gold Bugs (HUI)

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