Short Interest in iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) Drops By 45.1%

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iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ:TLT) was the target of a significant drop in short interest in January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 8,295,335 shares, a drop of 45.1% from the January 15th total of 15,117,601 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 8,286,165 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.0 days.

Shares of NASDAQ TLT opened at $121.10 on Thursday. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF has a fifty-two week low of $111.90 and a fifty-two week high of $123.86.

The firm also recently declared a monthly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 7th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 4th were issued a $0.2748 dividend. This represents a $3.30 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.72%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 1st.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of TLT. Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its holdings in iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF by 16,980.6% in the fourth quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 9,735,916 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $1,182,995,000 after acquiring an additional 9,678,916 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its holdings in iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF by 1,734.2% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 5,664,828 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $664,316,000 after acquiring an additional 5,355,979 shares in the last quarter. WBI Investments Inc. acquired a new stake in iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF in the fourth quarter worth about $213,763,000. Caxton Associates LP boosted its holdings in iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF by 109.1% in the third quarter. Caxton Associates LP now owns 118,100 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $13,850,000 after acquiring an additional 1,418,100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF by 72.9% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,984,157 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $362,606,000 after acquiring an additional 1,258,437 shares in the last quarter.

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About iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF

iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (the Fund) is an exchange-traded fund. The Fund seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of United States Treasury bonds with remaining maturities greater than 20 years. The Fund seeks to track the investment results of the Barclays U.S. 20+ Year Treasury Bond Index (the Underlying Index), which measures the performance of public obligations of the United States Treasury that have a remaining maturity of 20 or more years.

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