In another sign of the mounting concerns over credit quality, short selling in the stocks of banks with strong ties to consumers rose steeply in the four weeks ending June 14.

Short interest in Bank of New York Co., which startled Wall Stret on June 19 by saying it will add $350 million to its loss reserve in anticipation of future credit card delinquencies, rose 1.6 million shares, the largest amount of any bank on the New York Stock Exchange. (See page 34 for a complete short-interest table).

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