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Uncovered Short Sales on Nasdaq Show a Small Decline

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Investors who bet on falling stock prices are finally cashing in a few chips -- probably because prices have indeed dropped.

For the first time in more than a year, there has been a decline in the monthly tally of Nasdaq shares sold short and not yet covered. The National Association of Securities Dealers said yesterday that in the month ended on April 8 uncovered short sales in Nasdaq stocks fell three-tenths of 1 percent, to 715 million shares, a drop of two million shares. In that period, Nasdaq's composite stock-price index fell more than 5 percent. At yesterday's close, the index was off 5.5 percent for the year.

By contrast, both the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange reported last week that their short-interest levels rose to records in April. While blue-chip stocks have fallen -- the Dow Jones industrial average is down about 1.5 percent this year -- their declines have been far less severe than those of the generally smaller stocks that trade over the counter.

Though the monthly drop in Nasdaq short interest was small, it was the first decline since January 1993, when there was a fall of 1.1 percent, to 465 million shares. Since then, short interest has climbed; despite the April decrease, Nasdaq short interest is up 40 percent in the last 12 months.

Short interest represents the number of shares that investors have borrowed and sold without covering their positions by buying shares. While there are several reasons someone might sell a stock short, the most common is the expectation that the stock's price will fall. Shorting is the flip side of buying a stock in the hope it will go up; a short-seller borrows shares, sells them and later buys them back to return to the original owner. If the share price has dropped in the meantime, the short-seller pockets the difference.

Traditionally, a high short-interest level has indicated that many investors are bearish on the market. But some analysts say that big short positions are a positive sign because the short-sellers will eventually have to buy shares.

For the second consecutive month, the short-sellers' favorite stock was the Snapple Beverage Corporation, with 9.3 million shares sold short. Still, that was a decrease of 300,000 shares from March's level. Those who are pessimistic about the stock cite increasing competition among so-called new age beverages -- iced tea, flavored seltzer and bubbly fruit drinks -- as well as investors' enormous expectations for the company. Snapple shares sell for about 44 times last year's earnings, more than twice the average multiple of stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

The Autotote Corporation's class A shares registered the biggest increase in shares sold short, rising 1.4 million, to 3.5 million. Analysts have been disappointed in the recent earnings of the company.

Chart: Largest Increases Security Name 04/15/94 03/15/94 Change Autotote Corp cl A 3,485,674 2,094,934 1,390,740 T Adobe Systems Inc 2,765,199 1,404,531 1,360,668 T U.S. Robotics Inc 2,015,059 676,302 1,338,757 T LM Ericsson Tel Add 1,773,355 439,282 1,334,073 FHP Intl Cp 2,404,508 1,167,234 1,237,274 T Apple Computer Inc 7,138,044 5,912,048 1,225,996 T Aura Systems Inc 5,583,214 4,416,023 1,167,191 T Sunglass Hut Intl 1,918,302 899,626 1,018,676 T Mercer Intl SBI 1,411,637 394,656 1,016,981 T Electronic Arts Inc 8,567,841 7,556,866 1,010,975 T Cott Cp 6,730,932 5,833,379 897,553 T DSC Commun Cp 3,402,820 2,559,694 843,126 T Cirrus Logic Inc 1,688,818 890,905 797,913 T Qualcomm Inc 2,302,173 1,509,313 792,860 T Orbital Sciences Cp 2,344,386 1,602,287 742,099 T Wall Data Inc 893,794 189,354 704,440 T Intl Std Group Ltd 711,569 11,000 700,569 Microsoft Cp 2,694,097 2,005,833 688,264 T Legent Cp 1,176,066 493,831 682,235 T Hollinger Inc 3,544,907 2,884,300 660,607 T Stac Electronics 1,461,043 843,023 618,020 T Hechinger Co cl A 656,586 158,606 497,980 T Omega Environment 3,401,968 2,931,509 470,459 T Meridian Bncp Inc 494,261 26,151 468,110 T Gupta Corp 918,193 467,860 450,333 T Largest Decreases Security Name 04/15/94 03/15/94 Change Great Amer Rec Inc 205,965 4,305,410 -4,099,445 T Centocor Inc 1,507,506 4,532,386 -3,024,880 T Amer Power Convers 6,312,311 8,344,214 -2,031,903 T Lotus Development Cp 1,871,092 3,597,667 -1,726,575 T Novell Inc 1,603,491 3,277,239 -1,673,748 T Wang Labs Inc Del 412,906 1,870,134 -1,457,228 T Pres Riverboat Casinos 1,738,377 3,109,651 -1,371,274 T Southland Cp 5,927,232 7,125,114 -1,197,882 +Cisco Sys Inc 4,429,758 5,565,290 -1,135,532 T Casey's Gen Stores 8,868 1,116,664 -1,107,796 T Read-Rite Cp 854,043 1,806,864 -952,821 T Komag Inc 581,950 1,530,652 -948,702 T Intel Cp 5,327,598 6,250,653 -923,055 T Price/Costco Inc 3,917,473 4,833,653 -916,180 T Wellfleet Commun Inc 1,002,932 1,870,408 -867,476 T Octel Commun Cp 634,697 1,383,662 -748,965 T Scimed Life Sys Inc 2,265,950 3,005,643 -739,693 T Borland Intl Inc 3,774,846 4,460,662 -685,816 T Amer Intl Petro Inc 22,974 708,168 -685,194 T Synoptics Commun Inc 4,480,606 5,161,843 -681,237 T VSI Enterprises 83,084 748,900 -665,816 Sun Microsystems Inc 3,187,185 3,810,658 -623,473 T DNA Plant Tech Cp 402,318 1,007,421 -605,103 T Aldus Cp 76,101 678,784 -602,683 T Nextel Commun A 3,402,490 3,997,490 -595,000 T Largest Positions Security Name 04/15/94 03/15/94 Change Snapple Beverage Cp 9,297,894 9,591,123 -293,229 T Mobile Telecomm Tech 8,669,200 8,676,250 -7,050 T Electronic Arts Inc 8,567,841 7,556,866 1,010,975 T Dell Computer Cp 7,810,022 8,374,125 -564,103 T Comcast Cp cl A Spcl 7,406,701 7,757,131 -350,430 T Apple Computer Inc 7,138,044 5,912,048 1,225,996 T Food Lion Inc cl A 6,931,632 7,127,105 -195,473 T Cott Cp 6,730,932 5,833,379 897,553 T Noble Drilling Cp 6,665,530 6,691,465 -25,935 T Amer Power Convers 6,312,311 8,344,214 -2,031,903 T Southland Cp 5,927,232 7,125,114 -1,197,882 Aura Systems Inc 5,583,214 4,416,023 1,167,191 T Seagate Tech 5,449,053 5,723,660 -274,607 T Casino Magic Cp 5,425,593 5,461,123 -35,530 T Intel Cp 5,327,598 6,250,653 -923,055 T Checkers Drive-In 5,285,448 5,175,526 109,922 T Quantum Cp 5,033,577 5,126,677 -93,100 T LDDS Commun Inc 4,956,447 4,529,455 426,992 T Pyxis Cp 4,512,132 4,851,431 -339,299 T +U.S. Healthcare Inc 4,486,202 4,753,581 -267,379 T Synoptics Commun Inc 4,480,606 5,161,843 -681,237 T TPI Enterprises 4,475,031 4,483,770 -8,739 T +Cisco Sys Inc 4,429,758 5,565,290 -1,135,532 T Starbucks Cp 4,302,250 4,106,234 196,016 T Site Holdings Inc 4,026,541 3,650,963 375,578 Largest Cover Ratios Security Name 04/15/94 Avg. Vol. Days Mkt TPI Enterprises 4,475,031 70,560 63 T Tokos Med Cp Del 3,718,247 76,785 48 T Site Holdings Inc 4,026,541 93,465 43 Hollinger Inc 3,544,907 109,881 32 T Dibrell Brothers Inc 1,827,761 61,882 30 T Marshall & Ilsley 2,015,510 67,265 30 T Cell Com Puerto Rico 1,329,456 47,296 28 T Fortune Bancorp 1,069,281 38,140 28 T Rally's Hamburger 3,023,939 112,402 27 T 50-Off Stores Inc 1,948,170 75,730 26 T Amer Pacific Cp 756,530 29,971 25 T Food Lion Inc cl A 6,931,632 275,481 25 T Greenwich Pharm Inc 3,544,725 141,216 25 T Roosevelt Finl Group 844,733 34,342 25 T Schuler Homes Inc 1,685,123 66,353 25 T United Gaming Inc 1,463,698 59,565 25 T Medicine Shoppe Intl 1,387,537 58,749 24 T Quality Food Centers 1,097,207 46,519 24 T Smithfield Foods Inc 1,601,749 67,220 24 T Compression Lab Inc 1,953,380 89,641 22 T Circon Cp 1,281,103 60,476 21 T Copytele Inc 1,918,702 93,230 21 T Transamerican Waste 641,807 30,517 21 T UST Cp 1,007,341 47,591 21 T Urethane Techs Inc 685,100 34,315 20 National Market Security Name 04/15/94 03/15/94 #3D Systems Cp 93,906 12,275 3Com Cp 1,113,256 875,594 4tH Dimen Sftwar Ltd 48,684 181,120 50-Off Stores Inc 1,948,170 1,966,427 ACS Enterprises 147,850 538,553 ADAC Labs 253,311 344,740 Advanta cl-A 619,010 710,488 Advanta cl-B 303,707 385,262 AES Cp (The) 288,658 329,775 ASK Group (The) 358,568 349,061 AST Research Inc 2,604,122 2,564,351 #Abaxis Inc 204,731 99,524 Abbey Healthcare Gp 1,002,592 1,184,915 #Access Hlth Mktg Inc 200,632 104,824 Acclaim Entertainmnt 3,113,219 3,376,404 #ACE Cash Express Inc 2,611 148,988 Adaptec Inc 767,262 1,047,248 Adelphia Commun Cp A 274,350 274,722 #Adobe Systems Inc 2,765,199 1,404,531 Adv Tech Labs 803,208 700,058 #Advanced Logic Res 244,942 105,239 Advanced Polymer Sys 143,434 297,090 Advanced Promotions 1,578,350 1,322,612 Agnico Eagle Mines 926,978 760,834 Agouron Pharm Inc 198,704 121,623 Air Express Intl Cp 121,850 N.L. Air Methods Cp 812,103 1,068,089 Airsensors Inc 60,027 168,162 +Aldila Inc 2,426,052 2,421,404 #Aldus Cp 76,101 678,784 #Alexander Engy Cp 150,594 10,248 Alliance Pharm Cp 783,155 849,679 #Allstate Finl Cp 128,299 9,000 Alpha 1 Biomedicals 629,309 1,019,655 Alpha-Beta Tech Inc 453,910 393,029 Altera Cp 401,967 369,747 Amer Biogenetic cl A 291,107 288,578 #Amer Intl Petro Inc 22,974 708,168 #Amer Mobile Satel Cp 70,120 10,830 Amer Pacific Cp 756,530 751,267 Amer Power Convers 6,312,311 8,344,214 Amer Software Inc A 218,764 284,487 America Online Inc 740,601 702,026 #American Telecasting 152,892 38,413 #Amerifed Finl Cp 0 98,767 Amgen 1,474,087 1,261,272 Amtech Cp 1,672,640 2,259,687 Antec Corporation 220,001 151,322 Apple Computer Inc 7,138,044 5,912,048 #Apple South Inc 255,950 109,367 Applebee's Intl 1,395,951 1,475,322 Applied Materials 696,289 728,942 #Arbor Natl Hldgs Inc 114,058 58,633 #Arch Commun Gp 314,770 156,464 Arctco Inc 397,882 393,181 Argosy Gaming Co 1,763,030 1,922,491 Arkansas Best Cp 444,407 377,906 Artisoft Inc 1,411,732 982,684 Asante Tech Inc 712,109 531,049 Ashworth Inc 48,718 118,693 Aspect Telecomm Cp 851,542 780,661 #Atlantic SE Airlines 184,000 103,850 +Atmel Cp 555,552 663,822 Au Bon Pain Cl A 1,629,675 1,485,898 Aura Systems Inc 5,583,214 4,416,023 Autodesk Inc 1,088,694 1,240,072 Autotote Corp cl A 3,485,674 2,094,934 Avid Tech Inc 1,202,311 1,131,993 BMC Software Inc 655,262 660,737 BPI Packaging Tech 379,290 322,967 #Babbage's Inc 401,634 209,465 Bally Gaming Intl 664,264 786,889 Banco de Galicia Ads 438,138 266,481 #Bank South Cp 321,840 108,353 Banyan Systems Inc 349,090 366,418 #Barefoot Inc 206,966 49,821 Bassett Furniture 257,496 204,167 Bay Ridge Bncp Inc 62,777 N.L. Baybanks Inc 171,912 128,525 BE Aerospace Inc 271,775 256,720 Bed Bath & Beyond 782,816 642,054 Bell Sports Cp 2,112,308 1,956,479 Ben Franklin Retail 252,910 310,669 Berkley W R Cp 177,961 129,065 Bertucci's Inc 60,816 172,353 Big B Inc 628,995 832,960 Bindley Wstn Ind 595,998 567,082 Bio Tech Gen Cp 423,572 401,726 Biochem Pharm Inc 366,879 456,111 #Biocryst Pharm Inc 31,990 156,056 Biogen Inc 2,029,625 2,106,788 #Bioject Medical Tech 81,842 4,330 Biomedical Waste Sys 397,810 477,075 Biomet Inc 524,815 617,113 Blyth Holdings Inc 171,004 283,537 Boatmen's Bancshares 1,336,440 953,824 #Bob Evans Farms Inc 285,441 158,182 Boomtown Inc 1,344,745 1,364,954 Borland Intl Inc 3,774,846 4,460,662 Boston Chicken Inc 1,038,932 919,679 Boston Tech Inc 858,322 853,709 Box Energy cl B NV 738,123 780,706 #Breakwater Res Ltd 1,400 189,392 #British Bio-Tech ADR 77,366 675 Broadband Techs Inc 939,210 1,413,950 Broderbund Software 281,383 752,142 Brooktree Cp 116,425 207,264 Buffets Inc 2,600,863 2,600,935 CIS Tech Inc 567,913 582,798 Cabot Medical Cp 489,814 514,879 Caere Cp 213,803 140,595 Cal Micro Devices 243,572 404,896 Cal Microwave Inc 609,669 619,568 Calgene Inc 359,860 216,414 #Canandaigua Wine A 326,099 166,429 Canterbury Cp Svcs 33,249 110,128 Canyon Resources Cp 785,107 608,239 Cardinal Health Inc 187,361 144,182 #Care Gp Inc 36,779 218,525 #Carenetwork Inc 62,691 3,485 #Casey's Gen Stores 8,868 1,116,664 Casino America Inc 1,168,852 1,310,996 #Casino Data Systems 257,475 133,522 Casino Magic Cp 5,425,593 5,461,123 Castle Energy Cp 374,847 438,140 #Catalyst Semicond 100,883 29,050 Cell Com Puerto Rico 1,329,456 1,319,235 Cellpro Inc 330,854 458,921 Cellular Comm cl A 527,656 527,359 Cellular Tech Svcs 790,271 764,724 Cencall Commun Cp 461,546 428,704 Centocor Inc 1,507,506 4,532,386 Centocor Inc Wts 94 126,200 187,812 Cerplex Group Inc 352,650 N.L. Charming Shoppes Inc 552,837 565,671 Checkers Drive-In 5,285,448 5,175,526 +Cheesecake Factory 512,141 402,717 Chemtrak Inc 282,311 264,371 Chico's F A S Inc 1,519,758 1,339,332 Chipcom Cp 286,563 628,942 Chips & Tech Inc 395,253 296,038 Chiron Cp 1,303,522 1,356,021 Cholestech Cp 380,620 412,712 Chronimed Inc 411,091 486,684 #Cidco Inc 81,439 14,959 Cincinnati Financial 387,940 383,906 Circon Cp 1,281,103 1,554,898 #Cirrus Logic Inc 1,688,818 890,905 +Cisco Sys Inc 4,429,758 5,565,290 Clearly Canadian Bev 311,120 348,869 Coastal Healthcare 332,793 272,763 Cobra Golf Inc 618,532 618,978 Coda Energy Inc 42,311 86,125 Cognos Inc 25,764 76,265 #Collaborative Res 249,542 26,342 Collagen Cp 456,205 460,294 #Comair Hldgs Inc 228,325 76,150 ComcAst Cp A 977,394 1,021,959 ComcAst Cp Cl A Spcl 7,406,701 7,757,131 #Command Security Cp 89,266 40,345 Commun Entertainment 130,896 79,129 Compression Lab Inc 1,953,380 1,913,613 #Compuware Corp 292,098 127,281 Comverse Tech Inc 1,003,478 796,754 Concord Camera Cp 498,310 503,185 Cooker Restaurant Cp 421,616 420,895 Coors Adolph Co B 370,024 287,795 Copley Pharm Inc 1,165,818 905,847 Copytele Inc 1,918,702 1,992,585 #Cordis Cp 442,975 222,599 Corel Cp 422,822 426,264 Cott Cp 6,730,932 5,833,379 Coventry Cp 504,057 406,332 Cracker Barrel Old 1,429,186 1,227,166 Cray Comp Cp 688,737 688,451 Creative Tech Ord 1,788,513 1,469,945 Crosscomm Cp 559,991 390,533 Crown Resources Cp 491,861 374,004 Cryomedical Sci 999,177 984,169 Culp Inc 109,834 155,843 Curaflex Hlth Svcs 169,919 272,596 Cyrix Cp 592,972 520,606 Cyrk Inc 600,248 422,625 Cytogen Cp 1,022,699 1,082,970 DAKA Intl 464,482 339,959 DNA Plant Tech Cp 402,318 1,007,421 DSC Commun Cp 3,402,820 2,559,694 #Damark Intl Inc Cl-A 126,520 48,126 Data Race Inc 233,100 292,497 Davidson & Associate 382,766 360,857 Dell Computer Cp 7,810,022 8,374,125 #Delphi Finl Gp cl A 85,623 16,751 Dentsply Intl Inc 257,146 270,784 Dibrell Brothers Inc 1,827,761 2,109,867 Digital Biometrics 238,575 152,836 Digital Microwave Cp 446,414 529,079 Digital Prods Cp 177,467 258,391 Discovery Zone Inc 1,158,353 979,936 Dollar General Cp 425,851 516,047 #Duracraft Corp 203,321 75,236 ECI Telecom Ltd 195,256 146,842 Ezcorp cl-A 872,842 693,431 Eagle Hardware & Gdn 2,132,712 1,904,021 #Easel Cp 830 53,615 Education Alternativ 1,182,969 1,075,692 Egghead Inc 435,069 856,750 Elec Imaging Inc 576,185 776,489 Electric Gas Tech 25,213 70,563 Electroglas Inc 23,298 66,980 #Electromedics Inc 64,126 5,100 Electronic Arts Inc 8,567,841 7,556,866 Emisphere Tech Inc 546,875 560,182 #Emmis Broadcasting A 2,184 91,000 Empi Inc 791,392 1,338,890 Engle Homes Inc 661,557 668,937 #Envirotest Sys A Inc 113,080 20,283 Envoy Cp 444,066 421,690 Enzon Inc 100,812 144,074 Exabyte Cp 152,368 281,914 #Excel Tech Inc 229,936 129,151 Executive Telecard 281,085 247,128 #FHP Intl Cp 2,404,508 1,167,234 Fiserv Inc 16,764 64,197 #FTP Software Inc 122,567 24,453 Farm & Home Fin Cp 681,142 605,138 Fastcomm Comm Cp 1,388,415 1,316,993 Fastenal Co 1,520,356 1,598,811 #Fidelity N.Y. FSB 303,136 43,243 Fifth Third Bncp 948,312 807,104 #Figgie Intl Cmn cl A 423,501 170,877 First Alabama Bcshs 325,872 246,336 First Commerce Cp La 838,033 841,954 #First Fin Carib Cp 110,719 60,463 First Hawaiian Inc 109,945 198,255 First Pacific Ntwks 849,277 871,392 Flagstar Cos 565,502 571,141 Food Lion Inc cl A 6,931,632 7,127,105 Food Lion Inc cl B 97,918 308,989 Foremost Cp of Amer 60,959 117,218 Forest Oil Cp 2,109,855 2,170,461 Fortune Bancorp 1,069,281 979,027 #Fossil Inc 66,155 6,850 Fourth Financial Cp 467,262 437,545 #Frame Tech Cp 71,863 16,088 Fresh Choice Inc 514,713 549,632 Funco Inc 575,454 504,925 #Future Healthcare 249,573 43,227 GP Financial Cp 705,183 457,764 Gateway 2000 Inc 1,946,845 1,697,569 #Gen Binding Cp 175,818 27,884 Gen Nutrition Cos 992,791 753,570 Genetic Therapy Inc 140,107 189,605 Genetics Inst Dep Sh 380,311 367,628 Genetics Instit Wts 15,375 60,558 Gensia Inc 2,091,600 2,312,248 Gentex Cp 570,292 329,658 Genzyme Cp 1,450,431 1,549,320 Giddings Lewis Inc 597,059 491,071 Glenayre Techs Inc 324,410 663,641 Good Guys Inc The 1,047,066 602,198 #Grant Geophysical 1,090 44,230 #Great Amer Rec Inc 205,965 4,305,410 Great Financial Cp 162,441 N.L. #Greenfield Inds 24,705 118,219 Greenwich Pharm Inc 3,544,725 3,874,177 Grow Biz Intl 302,527 243,068 #Gupta Corp 918,193 467,860 Gymboree Cp (The) 809,161 885,877 +HBO Co 594,642 414,138 #Hamilton Bancorp Inc 188,794 17,363 Harry's Farmers A 253,838 280,953 Healthcare Compare 356,011 334,307 Healthcare Svcs Gp 152,909 308,130 Healthinfusion Inc 501,235 713,291 Heart Tech Inc 2,038,505 1,725,063 #Hechinger Co cl A 656,586 158,606 Herbalife Intl Inc 446,476 389,818 Hollinger Inc 3,544,907 2,884,300 #Hollywood Entmt Cp 199,803 24,282 Hollywood Park Inc 802,956 592,511 Home State Hldgs Inc 64,616 164,629 Homecare Mgmt Inc 1,267,202 1,350,971 #Hometown Buffet Inc 450,604 51,181 Hornbeck Offshore 303,203 187,412 Human Genome Sci Inc 229,516 146,249 #Huntington Bcshs 211,494 77,176 Hutchinson Tech Inc 352,578 320,242 ICOS Cp 459,411 457,228 IDB Commun Gp Inc 3,767,380 3,965,344 Idexx Labs Inc 614,061 494,702 IHOP Cp 920,552 824,236 I-Stat Cp 1,250,922 858,483 Image Entertainment 436,765 270,015 Imageamerica Inc 35,744 139,550 #Imatron Inc 179,360 84,976 Imclone Systems Inc 346,412 325,273 Immune Response Cp 1,348,504 1,454,143 Immunex Corp 790,059 1,282,976 Immunomedics Inc 261,216 380,529 Imperial Bancorp 121,477 210,533 #Independence Bncp Pa 183,395 61,630 Infinity Broadcast A 361,702 356,867 Informix Cp 1,058,931 1,365,263 Ins Auto Auctions 1,010,820 978,331 Insituform Techs A 481,690 618,833 Integrated Devic Tec 789,865 726,235 Intel Cp 5,327,598 6,250,653 Intel Cp Wts 578,302 642,787 Intelligent Elec 278,847 195,905 Interactive Network 1,364,136 1,449,460 Interface Inc A 899,844 917,264 Intergraph Cp 345,699 389,541 Intermet Cp 41,601 90,224 Interneuron Pharm 345,832 782,623 Intl Cabeltel Inc 497,011 542,206 Intl Cablecasting 259,723 241,073 Isis Pharm Inc 129,242 175,693 Iwerks Entertain Inc 692,295 688,543 JB Hunt Trans Svcs 743,633 775,496 J Baker Inc 1,962,965 1,903,999 #JMAR Inds Inc 14,317 79,394 #Jameson Inns Inc 2,595 175,214 Jennifer Convertible 154,230 220,981 Jones Intrcable A 577,711 576,945 KLA Instruments 289,812 397,491 Kaydon Cp 47,077 97,520 Kelley Oil Cp 2,044,140 1,994,891 Kendall Square Res 970,396 1,263,330 #Kinetic Concepts Inc 9,769 70,036 #Kinross Gold Corp 182,646 7,450 Knowledgeware Inc 359,266 342,992 #Koll Real Est Cl A 131,956 72,880 Komag Inc 581,950 1,530,652 Kopin Cp 646,952 543,051 Kulicke & Soffa 387,172 336,472 Kurzweil App Intel 173,537 104,589 LDDS Commun Inc 4,956,447 4,529,455 LM Ericsson Tel ADR 858,538 784,881 LTX Cp 284,053 299,299 Lady Luck Gaming Cp 807,613 667,990 LAM Research Cp 1,285,661 1,383,147 Landrys Seafood Rest 266,754 164,266 #Lasermaster Tech Inc 377,291 171,983 #Lattice Semiconduct 256,987 129,356 Learning Co (The) 294,864 501,358 #Leasing Solutions 2,892 256,961 Lechters Inc 573,100 440,829 #Legent Cp 1,176,066 493,831 Lidak Pharm cl A 394,630 419,784 #Life U S A Hldg Inc 30,488 125,589 LIN Broadcasting Cp 112,673 68,920 Linear Technology Cp 160,205 212,096 Liposome Co 558,594 602,707 Liposome Tech Inc 748,849 723,487 Littelfuse Inc 996,671 947,539 Lo Jack Cp 221,457 146,907 Lodgenet Entertain 516,753 493,816 Lone Star Steakhouse 3,510,014 3,243,850 #Longhorn Steaks Inc 518,010 171,970 Lotus Development Cp 1,871,092 3,597,667 #Loyola Capital Cp 50,899 4,373 Long Island Bancorp 50,000 N.L. MCI Comm Cp 3,480,244 3,428,347 MFS Comm Co 172,509 119,134 MTC Elec Tech Ltd 448,580 384,608 MTI Tech Corp 92,100 N.L. #Madge N.V. 545,762 112,345 Magma Power Co 254,650 310,451 Mail Boxes Etc 20,784 77,709 Marcam Cp 409,081 258,514 #Marine Drilling Co 21,597 168,607 Marshall & Ilsley 2,015,510 2,128,844 Mastec Inc 459,627 466,273 Maxicare Hlth New 1,318,775 1,299,708 #Maxim Group Inc 100,423 57,328 Maxtor Cp 613,988 594,771 McAfee Associates 315,477 330,906 McCaw Cellular A 412,738 394,694 McCormick Co NV 313,341 264,256 Medaphis Cp 746,346 616,764 Media Vision Tech 1,920,705 2,340,868 Medicine Shoppe Intl 1,387,537 1,089,400 Medicis Pharm cl A 593,444 671,075 Medimmune Inc 562,620 675,921 #Megafoods Stores Inc 89,994 37,613 Megahertz Corp 1,228,582 933,646 Mentor Graphics Cp 487,369 463,476 #Mercer Intl Inc SBI 1,411,637 394,656 #Meridian Bncp Inc 494,261 26,151 #Meris Labs Inc 157,856 7,165 Merisel Inc 91,183 246,772 #Merrill Cp 391,122 176,840 Mesa Airlines Inc 1,110,278 1,117,589 #Metricom Inc 336,785 177,112 Michael Foods Inc 122,905 238,145 Michaels Stores Inc 1,624,952 1,879,238 Michigan Natl Cp 343,573 372,098 #Micro Warehouse Inc 171,384 46,797 +Microchip Tech Inc 311,823 413,180 #Microcom Inc 27,062 146,221 #Micropolis Cp 224,963 110,247 Microsoft Cp 2,694,097 2,005,833 Mid Atlantic Medical 502,479 424,089 Mid Ocean Ltd Ord 677,465 670,247 Midlantic Cp 588,663 528,313 #Millicom Intl Cell 133,711 669,524 Mitek Surgical Prods 400,083 439,809 Mobile Telecomm Tech 8,669,200 8,676,250 #Molex Inc cl A 79,086 9,594 Molten Metal Tech 1,802,250 1,531,755 #Mountain Parks Fin 20,469 107,417 #Multicare Co 1,418 63,557 NAC Re Cp 258,969 291,610 Nextel Commun A 3,402,490 3,997,490 NS Bancorp Inc 394,443 358,559 Nam Tai Electronics 252,998 246,619 #Nash Finch Co 12,318 110,152 Natl Gypsum Co 1,313,722 1,195,861 #Natl Techteam Inc 130,298 10,645 Natl Vision Assoc 767,730 691,850 Nature's Bounty Inc 370,364 322,025 Nature's Sunshine 429,587 289,897 Neoprobe Corp 140,010 220,697 NET F R A M E System 1,321,493 1,235,814 Network General Cp 124,737 168,969 Network Systems Cp 361,947 377,908 Networth Inc 115,800 197,552 Neutrogena Cp 547,388 455,644 New Image Inds 958,450 994,766 #Newbridge Netwks Cp 952,676 520,048 Noble Drilling Cp 6,665,530 6,691,465 Noise Cancellation 880,067 914,745 #Norand Cp 16,820 206,941 Nordstrom Inc 897,165 1,054,013 Northern Tr Cp 480,346 364,733 Northwest Airln cl A 50,061 N.L. #Northwest Steel Wire 173,360 5,581 Novell Inc 1,603,491 3,277,239 Novellus Systems Inc 99,012 202,193 #Noven Pharmaceutical 64,351 3,550 Octel Commun Cp 634,697 1,383,662 Ohio Casualty Cp 142,022 184,747 Old Natl Bncp 314,793 291,614 Olicom A/S E 280,138 301,890 Olympic Finl Ltd 352,373 360,229 Omega Environment 3,401,968 2,931,509 On Assignment Inc 26,145 72,992 Onbancorp Inc 321,624 304,197 Oncor Inc 323,010 274,344 Oracle Systems Cp 3,019,949 2,872,116 Orbital Sciences Cp 2,344,386 1,602,287 Ornda Healthcrp 2,597,881 2,272,600 Outback Steakhouse 4,023,738 4,565,063 Oxford Health Plans 1,817,103 1,657,343 #PDK Labs Inc 37,657 302,612 PET Smart Inc 972,806 806,656 #Platinum Tech 267,802 115,577 Pace American Group 206,273 124,045 Pacific Dunlop ADR 313,653 359,028 Pacific Physician 346,009 354,614 Pacificare Hlth Cl B 422,849 510,614 Paging Network Inc 861,420 671,648 Pairgain Tech 1,151,147 1,174,411 Papa John's Intl 274,094 231,370 Parallan Computer 137,526 87,727 Parametric Tech Cp 1,686,816 1,600,601 Park Commun Inc 279,221 276,412 Partnerre Hlds Ltd 583,898 536,404 Paul Harris Store 34,175 77,885 Penwest Ltd 279,460 264,997 Peoples Bk (Ct) 780,434 718,745 Peoples Heri Fin Gp 367,811 347,724 Peoples Telephone 420,180 425,239 Peoplesoft Inc 730,713 1,184,148 Perrigo Company 480,596 459,969 #Perseptive Biosys 219,530 121,110 +Petroleum Geo Sv Ads 274,730 295,530 Pharmaceutical Mktg 332,186 286,814 Phoenix Re Cp 1,174,977 1,181,914 Phycor Inc 1,286,174 1,171,502 Picturetel Cp 3,130,142 3,551,246 Pioneer Gp Inc The 253,555 155,810 Pittencrieff Commun 749,110 800,724 Platinum Software Cp 285,000 344,164 Players Intl 2,725,618 2,998,869 Pollo Tropical Inc 388,022 302,213 #Ponce Fed Bk F S B 48,674 4,914 #Positron Cp 149,400 69,900 #Poughkeepsie Sav Fsb 97,986 23,519 Powersoft Corp 985,459 664,424 Preferred Entertain 271,185 211,161 Pres Riverboat Casin 1,738,377 3,109,651 Presidential Life Cp 411,839 434,886 Presstek Inc 788,977 616,625 Price/Costco Inc 3,917,473 4,833,653 Primadonna Resorts 495,502 442,432 #Primedex Health Sys 427,841 151,412 #Procyte Cp 394,970 171,012 Production Oper 137,561 182,624 Proffitt's Inc 187,146 336,794 #Progress Software Cp 125,544 503,504 #Protein Design Labs 330,646 123,118 Proteon Inc 375,563 256,408 Purepac Inc 700,586 713,712 Puritan Bennett Cp 725,001 909,196 Pyramid Technology 315,937 439,539 Pyxis Cp 4,512,132 4,851,431 Qualcomm Inc 2,302,173 1,509,313 QVC Network Inc 782,276 586,533 Quadrex Cp 307,098 178,207 Quality Food Centers 1,097,207 1,125,057 Quantum Cp 5,033,577 5,126,677 Quantum Hlth Res Inc 1,234,909 1,070,412 #Quickturn Design Sys 100,913 41,663 RPM Inc 1,028,077 984,517 Racotek Inc 232,495 179,594 Rainbow Tech Inc 442,309 311,111 Rally's Hamburger 3,023,939 2,982,252 Rasterops 155,743 258,919 +Raymond Corp 330,985 279,263 Re Capital Cp 497,638 475,019 Read-Rite Cp 854,043 1,806,864 Redfed Bncp Inc 146,763 N.L. Regeneron Pharmaceut 43,174 162,559 #Renaissance Commun 64,745 4,850 #Renal Treatment Ctr 8,495 68,937 Resound Corp 1,767,817 1,564,831 Reuters Hldg Plc ADR 1,023,238 1,222,951 #Rexall Sundown Inc 325,267 156,103 Riggs Natl Cp The 542,689 446,769 Roadway Services Inc 646,318 542,411 Roberts Pharm Cp 369,591 298,250 Rochester Comm Sav 1,305,278 1,222,660 Roosevelt Finl Group 844,733 761,007 #Roper Inds Inc 855,451 479,222 Rose's Stores Inc 261,229 314,039 Ross Stores Inc 130,127 173,289 Rouse Co 1,149,732 897,654 #Safeco Cp 422,250 238,215 SCI Systems Inc 730,518 947,567 Seacor Hldgs 334,990 350,481 SGI International 922,412 799,683 #SLM Intl Inc 901,170 479,185 Steri's Cp 1,092,466 1,375,511 S3 Inc 433,199 268,290 Sage Tech Inc 1,015,489 1,134,795 Salick Health Care 405,398 352,444 Sanmina Cp 1,057,000 778,750 Sapiens Intl Cp N V 723,510 803,661 Savoy Pict Entertnmt 1,180,946 1,144,821 #Scholastic Corp 24,527 141,939 Schuler Homes Inc 1,685,123 1,560,658 Sciclone Pharma Inc 582,690 337,649 Scimed Life Sys Inc 2,265,950 3,005,643 Scitex Cp 457,279 488,140 Score Board Inc The 2,217,950 2,037,700 Seagate Tech 5,449,053 5,723,660 Sequent Computer Sys 1,152,298 957,531 Shuffle Master Inc 418,593 329,503 Sierra On Line Inc 122,295 167,634 Sigma Aldrich Cp 167,106 249,132 #Sigmatron Intl Inc 7,035 58,180 Silicon Valley Gp 15,940 61,761 #Siskon Gold Cp A 240,724 117,248 Skybox Intl 356,112 521,918 #Skywest Inc 83,851 37,905 Smithfield Foods Inc 1,601,749 1,563,632 Snapple Beverage Cp 9,297,894 9,591,123 Sodak Gaming Inc 150,687 97,343 Software Toolwks Inc 1,033,788 1,065,452 Somatogen Inc 1,886,401 2,092,062 Sonic Cp 201,581 116,790 Sonoco Products Co 1,331,773 1,306,049 #Southern Ergy Homes 15,158 61,898 Southtrust Cp 117,442 74,334 Spartan Motors Inc 281,158 293,286 Spectrum Holobyte 345,771 359,403 Spectrum Info Tech 1,817,656 1,644,691 #Sportmart Inc 34,391 182,753 Sports & Recreation 1,891,772 1,941,108 #Sports/Leisure Inc 11,414 76,652 St Jude Medical Inc 565,891 558,151 Stac Electronics 1,461,043 843,023 Standard Microsystem 996,768 659,390 Staples Inc 1,529,322 1,719,231 Starbucks Cp 4,302,250 4,106,234 Starsight Telecast 415,170 414,814 State Street Boston 726,237 906,040 Station Casinos Inc 249,791 363,673 Stewart Stevenson 58,643 141,209 #Stokely U S A Inc 31,368 126,226 Stratacom Inc 1,150,771 883,103 Structural Dynamics 1,293,593 1,240,223 Stryker Cp 3,968,986 4,260,878 Sullivan Dental Prod 70,001 119,661 Summa Four Inc 69,438 171,551 #Summit Bncp (The) NJ 107,676 56,608 Summit Care Cp 467,163 466,914 Summit Tech Inc 3,163,315 3,150,234 Sun Microsystems Inc 3,187,185 3,810,658 #Sun Television & App 11,598 72,501 #Sunglass Hut Intl 1,918,302 899,626 Sunrise Tech Intl 695,725 612,981 #Supercuts Inc 121,231 68,387 Supermac Tech Inc 111,542 262,472 Sybase Inc 1,761,094 1,540,642 Symantec Cp 611,475 534,489 #Syncor Intl Cp Del 24,882 156,364 Synergen Inc 257,974 244,554 Synopsys Inc 642,869 665,439 Synoptics Commun Inc 4,480,606 5,161,843 System Software 1,017,821 965,974 Systemed Inc 361,723 369,802 Systems Comp Tech Cp 1,156,720 1,143,036 #TCA Cable TV Inc 370,512 205,363 TJ Intl 605,623 633,291 TPI Enterprises 4,475,031 4,483,770 #TR Finl Cp 13,975 85,525 TRM Copy Ctrs Cp 143,990 251,017 T Rowe Price Assoc 790,889 687,618 Taco Cabana Inc cl-A 252,615 214,318 #Takecare Inc 207,563 48,987 Telco Systems Inc 37,575 83,507 Tele Commun Inc A 2,626,876 2,219,681 #Telebit Cp 426,867 106,032 Telxon Cp 583,464 643,560 Teva Pharm Ind ADR 249,080 168,815 The 3Do Co 846,505 912,509 The Men's Wearhouse 410,341 270,582 Thomas Nelson Inc 503,283 514,927 Thomson C S F ADR 116,905 163,991 Todays Man Inc 521,189 566,086 Tokos Med Cp Del 3,718,247 3,813,298 Topps Co 188,944 303,478 Transamerican Waste 641,807 665,302 Transmedia Ntwk Inc 206,933 284,122 Transtexas Gas Co 76,675 N.L. Trenwick Group Inc 314,199 238,243 Tricord Systems Inc 2,072,703 1,709,953 Trimble Navigation 433,532 451,133 Trimedyne Inc 137,314 208,246 Trinzic Cp 86,238 234,833 Tseng Labs Inc 3,005,704 3,288,769 Tyson Foods Inc cl A 268,478 264,686 UNR Inds 162,635 105,186 US Bancorp Oregon 647,928 738,297 US Facilities Cp 30,391 114,800 +US Healthcare Inc 4,486,202 4,753,581 #U.S. Homecare Corp 3,723 63,531 US Long Distance Cp 1,808,058 1,733,071 #US Robotics Inc 2,015,059 676,302 UST Cp 1,007,341 1,012,932 United Gaming Inc 1,463,698 1,603,927 Universal Elect Inc 646,750 607,051 #USA Mobile Commun Hd 111,524 56,210 VLSI Tech Inc 255,675 379,648 Valence Tech Inc 639,872 488,921 Valuevision Intl A 289,467 177,235 Vanguard Cellular A 278,293 260,694 Varlen Cp 338,927 330,264 Verifone Inc 282,329 344,755 Vertex Pharmaceutic 116,161 170,575 #Veterinary Ctrs 391,794 195,972 #Vicor Cp 60,062 15,445 #VIE de France Corp 12,375 70,791 Viewlogic Systems 738,958 663,907 Viking Office Prods 202,548 117,477 Visx Inc 369,651 338,824 WPP Gp Plc ADR 549,064 545,162 WRT Energy Corp 402,283 565,718 #Walker Interactive 258,000 74,024 #Wall Data Inc 893,794 189,354 #Wang Labs Inc Del 412,906 1,870,134 #Washington Fed Sv Ln 56,787 8,359 Washington Mut Sv Bk 1,164,696 1,098,743 Watson Pharm Inc 2,023,711 1,718,410 #Wausau Paper Mills 91,420 5,637 Wellfleet Commun Inc 1,002,932 1,870,408 West One Bancorp 1,356,985 1,403,228 Westcott Comm 1,096,914 1,240,710 #Western Publishing 446,818 238,256 #Western Water Co 408,437 116,556 Whole Foods Market 2,031,896 1,654,014 Wholesome Hearty 1,121,082 1,322,253 Willamette Inds 156,314 280,389 William Sonoma Inc 858,695 780,692 XOMA Cp 1,267,988 1,255,171 Xilinx Inc 247,115 296,862 Xircom Inc 367,338 252,444 Yellow Cp 226,610 429,958 York Research Cp 787,929 779,956 Zebra Tech Cp cl-A 156,839 223,735 Zenith Labs Inc 2,991,125 2,777,937 Zeos Intl Ltd 693,302 768,578 Zoll Medical Cp 1,244,273 1,497,429 Zoom Telephonics Inc 294,940 284,154 Zycad Cp 964,310 920,846 Other Nasdaq #ATC Environmental 89,127 6,488 ADV Mammography Sys 221,375 127,199 #Advanced Enviro A 75,325 7,015 Airship Intl Ltd 58,371 129,266 Alanco Envirnmtl Res 253,889 301,942 Alcide Cp Ser 1 Pfd 50,432 0 Amer West Airline 2,690,680 2,418,822 #American Complex 56,234 427,682 Aphton Corp 283,995 350,267 Applied Laser Sys 375,642 355,536 #Armanino Foods 172,479 81,835 #Aspen Marne Gp New 71,062 12,742 #Automobile Protec 115,010 17,657 Biocontrol Tech Inc 1,504,363 1,421,015 Biomechanics Cp Amer 307,855 281,620 Biomune Systems Inc 54,922 N.L. #Boardwalk Casino Inc 79,151 9,775 #Boston Pac Med Inc 0 68,534 Bradley Pharma A 701,546 455,879 Bradley Pharma Wts B 243,253 162,303 #CB Bancorp Inc 3,012 63,446 CBL Medical Inc 94,211 164,825 #CNS Inc 512,069 194,098 Capital Gaming Intl 332,804 675,246 Centurion Mines Cp 20,841 81,556 #Chefs Intl 27,450 121,065 China Ind Group Inc 20,700 69,315 #Clucker's Wood Roast 48,386 3,500 #Comp Concepts Cp New 91,965 455,902 #Comp Mktplace Inc 106,193 497,920 #Cons Tech Grp Ltd 144,781 4,058 Cortex Pharm Inc 239,399 166,375 Diamond Entertain 327,926 328,757 Digital Solutions 52,151 154,743 #Diplomat Cp 65,693 6,000 Dresdner AG Sp ADR 1,165,340 1,240,978 #Driefontein Cons ADR 68,635 18,968 #Drug Screening Sys 19,171 77,727 #Employee Solution 13,400 78,850 F&E Resource Sys 27,956 94,447 Florida West Air Inc 387,024 276,838 #Fountain Pharm 68,821 7,253 #Franklin Cons Mining 700 58,337 Free St Cons Gld ADR 191,328 112,322 #Frontier Nat Gas Cp 95,131 8,200 #Future Med Prods 65,305 11,245 GB Foods Cp 377,390 390,228 #Galaxy Foods Co 126,977 30,846 Gaming Cp of Amer 304,085 289,807 Gentner Commun Cp 114,886 176,089 #Globalink Inc 187,641 85,161 #Great Cntr Spon ADR 205,209 7,054 #Hariston Corporation 98,957 51,906 Home Theater Prod 138,576 191,506 ICC Techs Inc 166,791 210,380 #Identix Inc Wts 98 54,225 2,925 #Individual Inv Gp 113,763 49,293 #Info Mgmt Techs cl A 129,330 22,800 #Infonow Corp 142,342 52,050 Insta Cool Inc 74,338 155,912 Interline Res Cp 69,176 129,835 #Internatural Waters 91,261 1,500 #Interscience Comp Cp 13,786 57,499 Intl Gaming Mgmt Inc 286,181 407,595 #Intl Retail Sys Inc 2,830 128,841 #Intl Std Group Ltd 711,569 11,000 Invitro Intl 384,026 450,679 Irvine Sensors Cp 765,245 676,904 #Juniper Features Ltd 149,858 13,735 #Kineret Acq Cp Uts 385 79,434 #LM Ericsson Tel Add 1,773,355 439,282 Las Vegas Major Leag 48,445 N.L. Laser Video Ntwk 113,034 161,609 Lasersight Inc 147,798 198,390 Leak-X Environmental 134,105 85,530 Licon Intl 143,834 203,599 #Linium Tech Inc 872 174,766 #Lone Star Casino 285,345 108,618 #Malvy Tech Inc 59,239 7,809 Master Glaziers Kar 64,362 125,950 Master Glazr Wts A 89,045 0 Master Glazr Wts B 157,330 0 #Medi Mail Inc 53,949 3,125 Medical Dynamics Inc 310,068 299,626 #Metalclad Cp 123,555 70,500 #Metallurgical Inds A 5,437 100,684 Microterra Inc 270,000 274,400 #NDC Autom Inc 82,505 10,451 N-Viro Recovery Inc 363,276 382,800 Natl Registry Inc 275,013 214,745 #Natures Elements Wts 5,238 59,860 Neolens Inc 191,987 323,422 #Network Long Dist 11,793 55,431 #New Day Beverage Inc 25,321 102,828 #News Commun Inc 107,146 2,479 Non Invasive Mon Sys 127,265 75,200 #Octagon Inc 7,200 153,370 #Octagon Inc Wts 30,735 192,320 Oryx Tech Cp 61,300 N.L. Pantheon Inds 765,036 906,424 Pearce Sys Intl 77,900 0 #Princeton Dental 14,809 93,800 Projectavision Inc 744,467 779,198 #Ramtron Intl Cp 83,519 37,000 #SA Hldgs Inc 178,233 500 #Saliva Diagnostic 96,996 12,400 Senetek Plc ADR 339,565 345,555 #Silicon Ltd Wts A 0 75,000 Site Holdings Inc 4,026,541 3,650,963 Skolniks Inc 471,285 319,883 Solv Ex Corp 348,829 342,809 #Soricon Cp 223,023 72,104 Southland Cp 5,927,232 7,125,114 #Steven Maddens Uts 55,075 1,525 #Steven Mdns Wts A 0 91,795 Telefonos de Mexico 258,317 175,558 #Teletek Inc 119,563 2,604 Touchstone App Sci 297,364 275,329 #Transworld Home Hlth 84,831 20,700 Trinity Biotech ADR 44,198 0 US Trans Inc New 79,457 141,695 #United Heritage Cp 35,181 170,496 #United States Explor 15,265 74,770 Urethane Techs Inc 685,100 688,199 #VSI Enterprises 83,084 748,900 #Vector Aeromot Wt 96 99,600 20,120 #Vector Aeromotive Corp 74,270 25,300 #Village Green Bookst 47,000 1,800 #Vimrx Pharm Inc 199,815 14,311 #Wtd Inds 20,770 189,319 Wesco Auto Parts Cp 196,203 144,121 #Winstar Commun Inc 432,045 189,833 Wisconsin Pharmacal 419,909 426,796 Work Recovery Inc 505,807 551,656 #Xerographic Laser 51,238 299,950 Short Sales Tables Explained These tables show issues with a short interest position in the current month of at least 250,000 shares or a change up or down from the previous month of at least 42,693 shares. Cover ratio represents the number of days, at average volume level, that it would take to purchase the number of shares sold short. T -- National Market System. N.L. -- Not listed. + -- Stock split. * May have been affected by arbitrage transactions resulting from any one or more of the following: proposed or pending acquisitions; convertible securities of the same company; rights offerings; stock splits or distributions; tenders; other special situations. Short interest may also be affected by options positions. # indicates a change of 75 percent or more from the previous month.

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