I've never seen such recalcitrant shorts on any stock before in my 30 years of trading stocks. The Consumer Report story is ridiculous. Since when did they start weighing in on small pharma cos? And before there is sufficient data to determine efficacy, excluding all the Bloom/Blossom Trial data (of course), no less?
If the short sellers have the ability to influence an article/story like that, then obviously there is more at stake than the short positions. Must be the big pharma folks and the food companies getting nervous. If they are indeed involved - it will be a long hard road for Arena. They would try to bribe God Himself- if they thought it would do them any good.
A bit of paranoia here, I think. The idea of Consumer Reports being bribed by shortsellers is a bit like the Salvation Army being a secret organization of Islamic terrorists. Besides, it makes no difference. CR panned Ford on the basis of its screwed-up My Touch software, and the company is breaking sales records.