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Short interest grows in Primerica

PrimericaInc. posted the greatest increase in short interest relative toshares outstanding among SNL-covered insurance companies between Aug. 31 andSept. 15.

Short interest in the company grew 164 basis points to24.71% of shares outstanding at Sept. 15. Primerica was also the most-shortedinsurance stock during the period. Primerica's sharesclosed at $56.93 on Aug. 31 and fell to $56.25 at the close of trading Sept. 15.

MaidenHoldings Ltd. saw the greatest decline in short interest for theperiod. The percentage of the company's shares held short relative to sharesoutstanding fell 264 basis points to 6.21%. Shares of Maiden Holdings closed at$13.81 on Aug. 31 and dropped to $13.37 at the close of trading Sept. 15.