Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (VB) Short Interest Update

Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (NYSEARCA:VB) was the recipient of a large drop in short interest in 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 days-to-cover ratio is presently 0.6 days.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Atlantic Trust Group LLC grew its position in shares of Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund by 114.3% in the third quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 114,858 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,231,000 after purchasing an additional 61,264 shares during the last quarter. Polianta Ltd acquired a new stake in Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund during the fourth quarter worth about $9,015,000. Train Babcock Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund during the fourth quarter worth about $1,910,000. White Lighthouse Investment Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund during the fourth quarter worth about $832,000. Finally, Oak Point Wealth Management acquired a new stake in Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund during the fourth quarter worth about $694,000.

Shares of Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (NYSEARCA VB) opened at $152.22 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $21,940.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.70. Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund has a one year low of $128.81 and a one year high of $152.24.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Investors of record on Friday, December 22nd were issued a dividend of $0.775 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 21st. This represents a $3.10 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.04%. Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund’s dividend payout ratio is 23.26%.

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