Questions tagged [shorting-securities]

Short selling of stock involves borrowing shares that one doesn't own with the intention of repurchasing them at a lower price. Short selling of an option involves selling an option without having an equivalent position in the underlying security.

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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 you always buy to cover?

If one short sells, is there always the ability to 'buy to cover' or can there be a situation where it's not allowed by the government due to some kind of emergency, I heard in 2008 financial crisis ...
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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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Can a buyout announcement cause a short squeeze above the announced takeover price?

Consider a company with heavily shorted stock. If that company puts itself up for sale and a friendly (shareholder approved) acquisition happens, can it result in a short squeeze driving the price of ...
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By what mechanism can I short a commodity without the use of futures of that commodity?

I live in the US and I work for a company that is heavily related to a particular commodity X. As such, when I began working for them, I signed a document stating that I would not purchase stock/ETFs/...
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Calculating relative performance of a short trade

This may seem incredibly simple, but I just can't get my head around it. Example: I make a short trade and the stock falls by 20%. During that period, the index falls by 10%. Have I made a +10% ...
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Lack or abundance of shares available to short. What does it mean for share price in short term?

When there are no shares available to short, it seems to me that there is a big demand for shorting and the price should go down. Demand for selling is higher than demand for buying. Buyers can't ...
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What is the effect of a short stock position on the value of an option?

I'm reading the book "Option Volatility and Pricing" by Natenberg and there is a paragraph I'm having trouble understanding. Chapter 7 (Risk Measurement 1), Page 98, Paragraph 2: The value of a ...
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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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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 ...