PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II (NYSEARCA:SPLV) was the target of a significant decline in short interest in January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 5,074,075 shares, a decline of 69.3% from the January 12th total of 16,506,936 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 1,570,811 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.2 days.

Shares of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II (NYSEARCA SPLV) traded up $0.25 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $46.55. The stock had a trading volume of 2,780,234 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,603,782. PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II has a fifty-two week low of $42.26 and a fifty-two week high of $49.36.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. MML Investors Services LLC lifted its position in shares of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. MML Investors Services LLC now owns 1,167,137 shares of the company’s stock valued at $55,719,000 after acquiring an additional 28,524 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II by 19.9% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 714,152 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,093,000 after buying an additional 118,363 shares in the last quarter. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC lifted its position in shares of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II by 10.4% in the fourth quarter. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC now owns 632,175 shares of the company’s stock worth $30,288,000 after buying an additional 59,307 shares in the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. lifted its position in shares of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 345,470 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,493,000 after buying an additional 2,233 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Securities LLC lifted its position in shares of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II by 3,244.6% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Securities LLC now owns 324,394 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,487,000 after buying an additional 314,695 shares in the last quarter.

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