Lux, I'm starting to think that the normal Russell share transfer process isn't being followed. If it had been, the price would've risen 15 - 20% this week in anticipation of next weeks buying frenzy. So it may be that the impending results has caused hedgies to avoid taking a several million share position putting the Russell trackers at a huge disadvantage in acquiring stock for a reasonable premium to the market valuation. With no prenegotiation in place, the RUSSEL will actually have to shop on the open market, bidding substantially higher. So who has been meeting the ground swell of short selling with market purchases? If it's long-term investors, then an extreme short squeeze will occur next week, as there aren't going to be shares available to meet demand, and daily swings accelerate higher.