iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF (NASDAQ:ISTB) Short Interest Update

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iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF (NASDAQ:ISTB – Get Rating) was the target of a sharp increase in short-term interest during the month of February. As of February 28, there were short interests totaling 643,100 shares, an increase of 205.2% from the total of 210,700 shares as of February 13. Based on an average daily trading volume of 972,600 shares, the short-term interest rate ratio is currently 0.7 days.

A number of large investors have recently increased or reduced their stake in ISTB. HighTower Advisors LLC increased its equity position in the iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF by 1,115.4% in the fourth quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 1,557,789 shares of the company worth $78,586,000 after purchasing an additional 1,429,613 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF by 1,447.5% in Q3. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,515,967 shares of the company worth $77,420,000 after acquiring an additional 1,418,004 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James & Associates increased its position in iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF by 6.5% in Q4. Raymond James & Associates now owns 13,211,014 shares of the company worth $666,231,000 after acquiring an additional 810,425 shares last quarter. Summit Global Investments acquired a new position in iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF during Q3 for a value of approximately $30,343,000. Finally, Smithfield Trust Co increased its position in iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF by 136.5% during the 3rd quarter. Smithfield Trust Co now owns 979,148 shares of the company worth $50,022,000 after acquiring an additional 565,141 shares in the last quarter.

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ISTB stock opened at $48.90 on Friday. The company has a fifty-day simple moving average of $49.69 and a 200-day simple moving average of $50.42. iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF has a 52-week low of $48.85 and a 52-week high of $51.44.

The company also recently declared a monthly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 7. Investors of record on Wednesday, March 2 received a dividend of $0.06. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, March 1. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.72 and a yield of 1.47%.

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