Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (VB) Sees Large Decline in Short Interest

Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (NYSEARCA:VB) was the target of a significant drop in short interest during the month of December. As of December 15th, there was short interest totalling 553,264 shares, a drop of 33.4% from the November 30th total of 831,139 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 853,559 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 0.6 days.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund stock. Atlantic Trust Group LLC raised its holdings in Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (NYSEARCA:VB) by 114.3% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 114,858 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 61,264 shares during the quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned 0.08% of Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund worth $16,231,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Shares of Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (NYSEARCA:VB) opened at $150.01 on Monday. Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund has a fifty-two week low of $128.81 and a fifty-two week high of $150.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $21,940.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.44.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 22nd were issued a $0.775 dividend. This represents a $3.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.07%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 21st. Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 23.26%.

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