The Russell tracking funds have barely begun to buy the shares they'll need by Friday afternoon's close and afterhours trading. Shorts have brought plenty of supply to the table, but who has soaked up those shares? If it was hedges that were prenegotiating a price, the action would be heading for that price already. It is not, making me think that strong hands bought those shares leaving shorts and Russell-trackers in the same boat. Shorts are on the hook for about 3 million shares, and Russell have procrastinated their purchase of 4 to 5 million shares. There's only 2 days left before the Russell deadline! What if intense Russell buying brings short-covering into play or even better: short-seller margin calls? Do you think Will Lewis has generated all this analyst interest for bad data? Short sellers and Motley Foolish are betting that way. I wouldn't dare!