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S&P 500 Short Interest Changes by Industry Group as of Feb. 15

February 28, 2012

The following are the short interest positions and short interest vs float ratio aggregated by sector and industry group for companies listed in the S&P 500 Index as of the Feb. 15 settlement date. The total positions increased 0.90 percent from previous period. The ratios of short interest vs. float increased 0.02 percent from previous period.



                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
                       #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Total Company           500    6,217  6,162   0.90  2.17   2.15   0.02   2.1
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
Consumer Discretionary #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Automobiles & Componen   5     191.4    200.1  -4.3  3.80   3.98  -0.18   3.0
Consumer Durables & Ap  13     144.9    146.4  -1.0  5.55   5.60  -0.05   2.6
Consumer Services       14     110.1    114.9  -4.2  2.68   2.80  -0.12   2.5
Media                   16     240.8    232.0   3.8  2.36   2.26   0.10   2.7
Retailing               32     389.5    384.3   1.3  4.29   4.23   0.06   3.0
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Total                   80   1,076.6  1,077.7  -0.1  3.47   3.47   0.00   2.8
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
Consumer Staples       #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Food & Staples Retaili   9     219.2    212.8   3.0  3.52   3.42   0.10   4.1
Food Beverage & Tobacc  27     189.3    184.2   2.8  1.26   1.22   0.04   2.1
Household & Personal P   6      52.2     51.2   1.8  1.18   1.16   0.02   1.9
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Total                   42     460.7    448.2   2.8  1.79   1.74   0.05   2.7
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
                       #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Energy                  43     437.6    430.0   1.8  1.94   1.90   0.03   1.9
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
Financials             #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Banks                   15     221.8    215.7   2.9  1.53   1.49   0.04   1.7
Diversified Financials  27     444.1    442.4   0.4  1.64   1.63   0.01   0.8
Insurance               22     169.7    182.6  -7.1  1.91   2.06  -0.14   1.8
Real Estate             17     198.2    201.9  -1.8  3.90   3.98  -0.07   4.7
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Total                   81   1,033.9  1,042.6  -0.8  1.86   1.88  -0.02   1.3
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
Health Care            #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Health Care Equipment   31     311.0    291.5   6.7  3.02   2.82   0.20   2.8
Pharmaceuticals, Biote  21     293.2    306.8  -4.4  1.31   1.37  -0.06   2.2
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Total                   52     604.2    598.2   1.0  1.85   1.83   0.02   2.5
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
Industrials            #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Capital Goods           41     333.4    342.2  -2.6  1.47   1.51  -0.04   2.2
Commercial & Professio  11     164.8    143.4  15.0  8.73   7.76   0.96   8.0
Transportation           9      64.7     68.5  -5.6  1.60   1.69  -0.09   1.9
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Total                   61     563.0    554.1   1.6  1.96   1.93   0.03   2.8
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
Information Technology #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Semiconductors & Semic  17     395.6    403.8  -2.0  3.22   3.29  -0.06   2.4
Software & Services     31     308.6    338.0  -8.7  1.36   1.49  -0.13   1.5
Technology Hardware &   23     430.2    416.1   3.4  2.18   2.10   0.08   1.8
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Total                   71   1,134.5  1,157.9  -2.0  2.07   2.11  -0.04   1.9
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
                       #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Materials               30     280.8    280.8   0.0  3.08   3.09   0.00   2.5
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
                       #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Telecommunication Serv   7     375.3    322.8  16.2  2.65   2.28   0.37   2.8
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                               Short Interest       S.I./Float         Days to
                                 Total(mln)           Ratio(%)     Ratio Cover 
                       #cos     2/15    1/31  %Chg   2/15   1/31   Chg   2/15 
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Utilities               33     250.6    249.3   0.5  2.13   2.12   0.01   2.8
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