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Comparing Royalty Interest Owner MLPs: VNOM and BSM

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Where Short Interest in Viper Energy Stands Now

Moving averages

Viper Energy Partners (VNOM) recently saw its short-term 50-day moving average cross its long-term 200-day moving average from below. This indicates a bullish sentiment toward the stock. VNOM was trading 9.1% and 11.0% above its 50-day SMA (simple moving average) and 200-day SMA as of October 3, 2017.

On the other hand, Black Stone Minerals (BSM) stock price recently dropped below its 50-day SMA, which could indicate a bearish sentiment toward the stock. BSM was trading 0.5% above its 200-day SMA as of October 3, 2017.

Where Short Interest in Viper Energy Stands Now

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Short interest

The short interest in Viper Energy Partners and Black Stone Minerals stocks came in at 0.33 million and 0.60 million shares, respectively, on October 3. Meanwhile, the short interest as a percentage of float (or short interest ratio) came in at 0.8% for both stocks.

VNOM has seen a significant decline in its short interest ratio in recent months. The current short interest in Viper Energy Partners is below the past one-year and two-year averages of 2.0% and 1.5%, respectively. This indicates a bullish sentiment toward the stock.

The Alerian MLP Index (AMZ), which tracks 50 energy MLPs (master limited partnerships), has an average short interest of ~3.0%, and so the short interest in both VNOM and BSM stocks is below the industry average.

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