Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR (NYSE:RDS.B) Short Interest Up 24.7% in January

Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR (NYSE:RDS.B) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest in January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 8,290,000 shares, an increase of 24.7% from the January 15th total of 6,650,000 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,100,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.9 days. Currently, 0.5% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

Separately, Wells Fargo & Co downgraded shares of Royal Dutch Shell from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, January 6th.

RDS.B stock opened at $51.71 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $209.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.26 and a beta of 0.88. Royal Dutch Shell has a 52 week low of $51.49 and a 52 week high of $67.45. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $57.81 and its 200 day moving average price is $58.19. The company has a current ratio of 1.16, a quick ratio of 0.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, February 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.94 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 13th. This represents a $3.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.27%. This is an increase from Royal Dutch Shell’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.80.

Royal Dutch Shell Company Profile

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. The company operates through Integrated Gas, Upstream, and Downstream segments. It explores for, and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; markets and transports oil and gas; produces gas-to-liquids fuels and other products; and operates upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market.

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