Short Interest in iShares Asia 50 ETF (NASDAQ:AIA) Declines By 82.8%

iShares Asia 50 ETF (NASDAQ:AIA) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest during the month of December. As of December 31st, there was short interest totalling 4,000 shares, a decrease of 82.8% from the December 15th total of 23,300 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 98,800 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 0.0 days.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Activest Wealth Management raised its stake in iShares Asia 50 ETF by 5,251.3% in the fourth quarter. Activest Wealth Management now owns 18,676 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,430,000 after buying an additional 18,327 shares during the period. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. bought a new position in shares of iShares Asia 50 ETF during the third quarter worth approximately $2,291,000. Jane Street Group LLC increased its stake in shares of iShares Asia 50 ETF by 445.1% during the third quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 989,154 shares of the company’s stock worth $77,352,000 after purchasing an additional 807,695 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its stake in shares of iShares Asia 50 ETF by 22.8% during the third quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 534,695 shares of the company’s stock worth $41,813,000 after purchasing an additional 99,199 shares during the period. Finally, LPL Financial LLC increased its stake in shares of iShares Asia 50 ETF by 6.1% during the third quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 51,803 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,051,000 after purchasing an additional 2,961 shares during the period.

Shares of NASDAQ AIA opened at $79.37 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $76.84 and a 200 day moving average price of $78.73. iShares Asia 50 ETF has a 52 week low of $73.91 and a 52 week high of $102.50.

The firm also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 17th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 14th were paid a $0.726 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, December 13th.

About iShares Asia 50 ETF

iShares Asia 50 ETF (the Fund), formerly iShares S&P Asia 50 Index Fund, is an exchange-traded fund (ETF). The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the S&P Asia 50 Index (the Index). The Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the performance of the 50 leading companies from four Asian markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

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