iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) Sees Significant Increase in Short Interest

iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSEARCA:IWM) saw a large growth in short interest during the month of January. As of January 12th, there was short interest totalling 82,971,557 shares, a growth of 9.3% from the December 29th total of 75,906,851 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 20,063,855 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.1 days.

iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSEARCA IWM) traded up $0.15 on Thursday, hitting $151.30. 5,331,942 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 26,410,227. The company has a market cap of $41,360.00 and a P/E ratio of 37.83. iShares Russell 2000 Index has a one year low of $132.40 and a one year high of $160.63.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BB&T Securities LLC increased its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 6.7% in the 4th quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 179,102 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $27,305,000 after purchasing an additional 11,223 shares during the last quarter. HBK Sorce Advisory LLC increased its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 101.8% in the 4th quarter. HBK Sorce Advisory LLC now owns 6,410 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $978,000 after purchasing an additional 3,234 shares during the last quarter. MainStreet Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index in the 4th quarter worth about $1,099,000. All Terrain Financial Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index during the 4th quarter valued at about $7,730,000. Finally, Leonetti & Associates LLC grew its position in shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index by 1.1% during the 4th quarter. Leonetti & Associates LLC now owns 381,124 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $58,106,000 after buying an additional 4,188 shares during the last quarter.

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iShares Russell 2000 Index Company Profile

iShares Russell 2000 ETF (the Fund) is an exchange-traded fund. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Russell 2000 Index (the Index). The Index is a float-adjusted capitalization weighted index that measures the performance of the small-capitalization sector of the United States equity market and includes securities issued by the approximately 2,000 smallest issuers in the Russell 3000 Index.

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