Questions tagged [shorting-securities]

For questions related to the trading practice of short-selling, which involves selling securities or financial instruments that one doesn't own with the intention of repurchasing them at a lower price.

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Covering during a short squeeze

During a short squeeze: Assuming that there was one group controlling most of the free trading shares, would it be possible for this controlling group to hold out and not sell any stock to drive ...
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Closing a short position on the ex-dividend date

I understand that if I close a short position on the ex-dividend date then I owe the lender the dividend. It is taken from my account. Where does the money the company pays for the dividend on those ...
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What's the fastest way to get Hard To Borrow (HTB) stocks?

Often I find stocks that are Hard To Borrow (HTB) and I want to short them. However, many times, I see that on Think or Swim, I can't since they're HTB. Is there an "easy" way to find HTB stocks ...
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What happens if a short can't be covered?

My understanding is that when you short a stock you borrow it from a broker and the broker in turn usually borrows it from one of their other customers. Now let's say the stock suddenly rockets in ...
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How does short margin works internally?

I understand the concept of being short, but I don't understand how it works, maybe is easy to explain with an example: 1) A has $1 in his account. 2) B has $1 in his account. 3) A wants to buy ...
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price up under selling pressure

Why does share price go up in spite of tremendous selling pressure? I shorted one share after seeing one share where selling was three times more than buying but it went up.
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Why do heavily shorted stocks do well?

I was looking at some heavily shorted stock which are shorted by big, institutional investors who know what they are doing and saw that some of them went up in the last six months. If so many smart ...
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Index Backed Short

If I have $200,000 in an index fund that mirrors the S&P 500, then I own the equivalent of 4+ thousand dollars in multiple high capitalization stocks. If I think that one of those stocks I already ...
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Can ETF be short-squeezed?

Can ETFs be short-squeezed? I'm not familiar with how they work. For ETFs like SPY, it seems it buys and sells stocks in the portfolio. For ETFs like UVXY, it seems it has no real stocks. How does ...
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Does short-selling hurt companies' stock price in the long-term?

Today, I've read a Bloomberg article on latest Musk tweet tantrums, where he, among other things, mentioned this: Short-sellers are value destroyers. Should definitely be illegal. Is that ...
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Choosing a strike price when you sell a short combo

Often different stocks that I want to short are not on my broker's "easy-to-borrow" list, so they are unavailable for shorting. A couple weeks ago I got serious about option trading and I found out ...
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What is the relationship between the short ratio, short interest record date, and short covering?

Assuming if company ABC settle short interest dated on September 8 (does it have to be mid or end of each month for every company to settle short interests or it is only when they have to report?), ...
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Merger/Acquisition on short and long symbols [duplicate]

I have a general understanding of how mergers and acquisitions work for symbols being traded in long positions. However, I am confused about how these events are calculated when shorts positions are ...
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Are short sellers responsible for damages in a securities class action suit?

Imagine that XYZ company was found liable for its misdeeds and its shareholders are awarded a compensation. Are the short sellers on the hook as well? That is, do they need to pay the amount of the ...
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Can shorting stocks from holdings make money?

Let's say I hold 5 shares of AAPL. I'm guessing that the stock price will fall with respect to the open price. So I sell at open and then it falls 10%. Then I buy it back which should give me the ...
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How do Related Hedges work?

I'm currently re-reading Benjamin Graham's book, The Intelligent Investor. In it (Chapter 15), Graham mentions some of the undertakings and operations his fund, Graham-Newman Corporation, was involved ...
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Do I have to pay interest on a margin short sale if I post full cash collateral?

Let's say that I have $100 in my account and I want to short sell stock A. Stock A is valued at $100, so therefore I sell one share of stock A. In order to do this, the account is a margin account. ...
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Explanation of stop loss of sell stop limit order to stop loss

Question What is the meaning of Stop Loss of the bracket in the Sell Stop Limit order on the current position? Background Having the position with the current price 59.80, thinking to place a sell ...
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Closing short position

Question In the situation below, I suppose there will be another order required to cancel the short position (bottom left), in addition to the order to buy back shared when the price moved in favour, ...
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Shorting diluting stocks

If a stock just submitted an 8-K that shows that it's diluting (has "cashless exercises", "dilution", and "warrants" in it), shouldn't that mean it's bound to go down (with a high level of likeliness)?...
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Short-Ratio, Short-Squeeze and Bullish Market

I am reading on various topics (as some may have gathered from posts). I understand the concept and implications of a short-sale pretty well. I understand how to interpret the short-ratio. Everything ...
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What happens if a company you hold short merges with another company?

I know how mergers (typically) work when you're long a company, you simply get shares in the merged company equal to your previous market value. But what happens if you hold a short position? The ...
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Why do people rarely execute options?

Options have recently sparked my curiosity as you can short a stock with a put option and only risk your premium (as opposed to shorting in a margin account) but I still have a few questions. Why do ...
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Is this legal: going long on call options and artificially increasing the price of the underlying asset seconds before expiration?

Let's say I bought a particular call option and own the majority of it. On the very last second (before the expiry date, seconds before the market closes), if I bought every single offer in the ...
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How do stops and limits work with short-selling?

My understanding of stock market orders right now is illustrated as shown: stock market orders However, if the price of a stock was trading at 22.00 and I wanted to enter a short position at a ...
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Shorting stocks: Indicators that a stock will drop?

I always see articles about "predicting when a stock will rise", but haven't found something for the opposite. Are there any indicators or combination of things that are proven to indicate that a ...
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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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Shorting: What if you can't find lenders?

I understand the shorting means you borrow the shares and sell them first, and pay them back later. So this is two-step process and things can go wrong in each step. For example: What if you can't ...
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Shorting versus selling to hedge risk

If you own 10K shares of stock XXX and you want to hedge your investment, isn't shorting some of your XXX identical to simply selling some of your XXX? Doesn't either approach reduce your risk in the ...
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does naked call option assignment result in stock borrowing fees?

If I write a naked call option which gets exercised early, will I have a chance to purchase the stock to cover the call or will I already owe a stock borrow fee by the time I am notified of the ...
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Short position with bullish outlook

I am just starting to learn about options and about puts and calls. Traditionally, I assumed that being short on a position means having a bearish outlook to the market. However, when you are an ...
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Call vs Puts: a short position can profit using both depending on strike price?

I'm confused about whether you want to own a call or put if you believe a stock price will go down. Most articles have described owning Puts as betting the stock will go down, and calls as betting ...
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Exercise a put option when shorting is not possible

Sometimes when I want to short a stock, my broker says that no shares are available for borrowing. In this situation, can I buy a put and exercise it immediately and end up with a short position? in ...
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Does short selling create additional share in the market?

Let's say that I short-sell 1 share that A lent to me and B immediately bought from me. Doesn't this create additional share in the market because A will see it as "lent out" in his bank account and ...
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Shorting Obvious Pump and Dump Penny Stocks

Obviously there is a lot of risk involved, but I routinely see penny stocks (OTC) climb to unreasonably high levels of growth over very short periods of time (1-3 days), sometimes up to 9000% growth. ...
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Hedging against an acquisition of a stock

Let's say I have done research and have a view that a public company's stock will go down due to worsening fundamentals. So normally then, one can express that view by shorting the stock. However, ...
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What does the settlement date of short interest mean?

NASDAQ lists data like this for the short interest in Walmart: Settlement Date Short Interest Avg Daily Share Volume Days To Cover 4/30/2013 27,988,175 7,442,123 ...
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Selling short during short circuit breaker

Imagine a stock went down more than 10% intraday, triggering the short circuit breaker, aka Alternative uptick rule. Short selling is only possible higher than the best bid. But what happens exactly? ...
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Shorting a stock after dividend

Theoretically, the price of a stock should always fall whenever a dividend is paid out to shareholders. Is this true in practice? If it is, I can just short the stock before the dividend is paid and ...
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Buying and selling the same stock

If I buy a stock for say $1 and that stock goes up to $2, can I sell my initial investment being $1 and then buy back into the same stock when it goes back down to $1 over and over only using my ...
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How does selling a stock short affect my cash and margin positions in my account?

Example of my etrade account: I have $3k cash and $0 margin debt and my account net balance shows $50k. I then sell to open a $4k position in XYZ how does this impact the cash, margin and net balance?...
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Vegan hedge (shorting non-vegan, long vegan)

Edited in response to comments. How could I isolate a bet on veganism? (Assume that most of my wealth is already invested passively in diversified index funds and that for alpha with a different ...
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short selling time frames?

My understanding of short selling is... let's say you sell stock for $50 a share. If you purchase the stock for delivery two days later for $40 and then ship it you've effectively realized a profit ...
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What happens to a short seller, who wants to close his position, but there are no shares available for sale?

For the sake of argument, let's assume a scenario, where the company is very illiquid, and there are no shares for sale and even increasing the buy order doesn't produce sellers. What happens to the ...
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I don't understand what it means to “Sell” stock that you don't already own, can someone explain the intuition behind it? [duplicate]

I started a couple months ago to learn more about the stock market and financial education in general, but this particular concept was hard to wrap my head around. I understand there are bears and ...
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Covering my short sale

Will anything happen if I don't cover my short? Is there a time limit for when the bank forces me to cover it? Will they close my account if I don't cover? Thanks
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Can I short a stock for a long amount of time?

The next recession is inevitable, if what I read is to be believed. Whether it happens tomorrow, or in 10 years, it's coming. Why shouldn't I short many stocks, and hold on to them for whatever ...
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Why do speculators short-sell a stock when they wish to go short, rather than purchase put options?

I'm still trying to figure out, why, if a speculator believes a security will go down in value they use the tradition route of short-selling, when it would seem that purchasing put options is the less ...
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Profiting from an economic bubble collapse

An article in Business Insider argues that, despite the numbers, the US economy is fundamentally unhealthy. The current unprecedented corporate profits are essentially being subsidized by low quality ...
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Why did SPVXSPIT drop 95% in February?

In February 2018, SPVXSPIT (S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Inverse Daily Index) seems to have dropped about 95%, but after much googling, there does not seem to be any discussion about this. The ...