Short Interest in Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE:HIO) Declines By 39.2%

Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE:HIOGet Rating) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of March. As of March 31st, there was short interest totalling 63,000 shares, a decrease of 39.2% from the March 15th total of 103,700 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 342,900 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 0.2 days.

NYSE:HIO traded down $0.06 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $4.34. The company had a trading volume of 262,306 shares, compared to its average volume of 331,993. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $4.52 and a two-hundred day moving average of $4.89. Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund has a one year low of $4.33 and a one year high of $5.43.

The business also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 23rd will be given a $0.03 dividend. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.29%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 20th.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. boosted its stake in Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 114,302 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock worth $594,000 after purchasing an additional 2,422 shares in the last quarter. Integrated Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund by 7.3% in the fourth quarter. Integrated Capital Management Inc. now owns 37,702 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock worth $196,000 after purchasing an additional 2,570 shares in the last quarter. Royal Bank of Canada boosted its stake in Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund by 2.0% in the third quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 176,384 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock worth $915,000 after purchasing an additional 3,528 shares in the last quarter. Citigroup Inc. boosted its stake in Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund by 150.5% in the third quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 7,203 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock worth $37,000 after purchasing an additional 4,327 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Pekin Hardy Strauss Inc. boosted its stake in Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund by 16.0% in the third quarter. Pekin Hardy Strauss Inc. now owns 34,157 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock worth $177,000 after purchasing an additional 4,701 shares in the last quarter.

About Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund (Get Rating)

Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc is a closed ended fixed-income mutual fund launched and managed by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC. It is co-managed by Western Asset Management Company and Western Asset Management Company Limited. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of the United States.

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