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Short Interest in FTI Stock Is Rising: What Does That Mean?

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Short interest in FTI stock

Short interest as a percentage of float in FMC Technologies (FTI) stock was 4.8% as of October 5, 2016, compared to 3.6% as of June 30, 2016. Since the end of 2Q16, short interest in FTI stock has risen 33%.

FMC Technologies is 3.9% of the iShares US Oil Equipment & Services (IEZ). The oil and gas equipment and services industry makes up 78% of IEZ.

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Short interest and share price

Short interest is the number of shares sold short divided by the number of shares outstanding. A rise in short interest as a percentage of float, or a rise in short interest, indicates that more investors expect the stock’s price to fall.

Despite the rise in short interest, FTI stock has risen ~15% since June 30, 2016. Since March 31, 2016, FTI’s smaller market cap peer Oil States International’s (OIS) share price has fallen 1%. However, you should note that the market could go against investor sentiment. The share price could rise when investors start buying the stock to cover their short positions.

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