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NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) was the target of a large growth in short interest in August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 3,302,373 shares, a growth of 39.6% from the July 31st total of 2,365,227 shares, AR Network reports. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,526,786 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 1.3 days. Currently, 1.4% of the company’s stock are sold short.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on NXPI shares. Analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded shares of NXP Semiconductors NV from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, August 18th. They now have a $54.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $58.00. Separately, analysts at Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of NXP Semiconductors NV in a research note on Friday, August 15th. They set a “buy” rating and a $78.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage on shares of NXP Semiconductors NV in a research note on Friday, August 8th. They set a “buy” rating and a $78.00 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, fifteen have given a buy rating and three have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $70.84.

Shares of NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) opened at 69.07 on Wednesday. NXP Semiconductors NV has a 52-week low of $35.09 and a 52-week high of $70.00. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $64.18 and a 200-day moving average of $61.49. The company has a market cap of $17.389 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.41.

NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 23rd. The company reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.04. Analysts expect that NXP Semiconductors NV will post $4.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) is a holding company.

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