iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF (SCZ) Sees Large Drop in Short Interest

iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF (NASDAQ:SCZ) was the recipient of a large decline in short interest in the month of December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 584,669 shares, a decline of 48.5% from the December 15th total of 1,135,924 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 888,270 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 0.7 days.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF by 131.9% in the 4th quarter. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,630 shares of the company’s stock worth $105,000 after acquiring an additional 927 shares during the period. Capital Advisors Ltd. LLC grew its stake in iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF by 100.8% in the 4th quarter. Capital Advisors Ltd. LLC now owns 1,763 shares of the company’s stock worth $114,000 after acquiring an additional 885 shares during the period. Madison Investment Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $204,000. SPC Financial Inc. grew its stake in iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF by 33.2% in the 4th quarter. SPC Financial Inc. now owns 5,371 shares of the company’s stock worth $346,000 after acquiring an additional 1,339 shares during the period. Finally, Koshinski Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF during the 4th quarter valued at $379,000.

Shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF (SCZ) opened at $67.78 on Friday. iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF has a 12 month low of $51.09 and a 12 month high of $67.82.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, December 20th were paid a $0.7547 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, December 19th. This represents a yield of 2.38%.

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About iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. is a Canada-based company engaged in the operation, exploration and commercial exploitation of mining concessions in Mexico, with a primary focus on silver, but also, including gold, lead and zinc. The Company is focused on its producing property, the Rosario Mine. In addition, the Company is also exploring three other mineral properties, being the San Felipe Project, which is an advanced-stage project; the Gavilanes Project, which is an exploration project, and the El Gachi Property, which is an early-stage exploration project.

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