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Analyzing Short Interest Trends in Hess’s Stock

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Jul. 22 2016, Updated 12:11 p.m. ET

Short interest in Hess’s shares

On July 15, 2016, short interest as a percentage of its float (or short interest ratio) in Hess (HES) stock was 5.9%. Its short interest ratio on March 31, 2016, was 5.6%. This means that since the end of 1Q16, Hess’s short interest has risen by 7%.

Hess’s stock price during these two periods was $52.65 on March 31, 2016, and $56.93 on July 15, 2016. Broadly, as we can see in the above graph, Hess’s stock price and short interest as a percentage of float are inversely related.

Hess’s peers Concho Resources (CXO) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) have short interest ratios of ~5.6% and ~6.1%, respectively.

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