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The American Stock Exchange Reports Decrease In Short Interest

Date 20/06/2002

The American Stock Exchange (Amex) member and non-member organizations today reported short interest of 406,813,187 shares as of the June 14 settlement date, an decrease of 77,469,250 from the 484,282,437 (adjusted) reported in mid-May. The June figure represents trades through June 11, 2002.

In the year ago period, short interest totalled 305,805,898 (adjusted).

The June short interest position reflects short interest reported by all broker-dealers (not only Amex member firms) in Amex-listed stocks. A short position of 5,000 or more shares existed in 461of the approximately 683 issues traded at the Exchange. Some short position was shown in 680 issues.

The attached short interest report was compiled by the Amex on the basis of information obtained from its member and non-member organizations covering all securities dealt in on the Exchange on both round and odd-lots.

Short interest for the preceding 12 months is shown below:

May 15, 2002 484,282,437 (A) November 15, 2001 448,885,831 (A)
April 15, 2002 471,093,059 (A) October 15, 2001 377,563,693 (A)
March 15, 2002 501,719,431 (A) September 14, 2001 317,717,889 (A)
February 15, 2002 460,007,485 (A) August 15, 2001 315,379,489 (A)
January 15, 2002 441,155,816 (A) July 13, 2001 304,826,265 (A)
December 14, 2001 465,110,638 (A) June 15, 2001 305,805,898 (A)

Changes in The Amex's Short Interest Reporting:

Please be advised that there is a new way of accessing short interest information for the Amex through www.amextrader.com. Access to the site will be in addition to the standard Amex press release on short interest. Interested members of the media must contact Eleanor Henry at the Amex in advance by phone at 212-306-1529 or email at ehenry@amex.com to obtain an ID and password to access the site on www.amextrader.com. This page will be available only to registered members of the media. The report will be available by 2:00 p.m. on the publication date.