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Nasdaq short interest up 2.8 percent in early November
November 27, 2017 / 9:13 PM / 14 days ago

Nasdaq short interest up 2.8 percent in early November

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Short interest on the Nasdaq rose 2.8 percent in the first half of November, the exchange said on Monday.

As of Nov. 15, short interest rose to about 8.343 billion shares, compared with 8.117 billion shares as of Oct. 31.

Investors who sell securities ‘short’ borrow shares and then sell them, expecting the stock to fall so they can buy the shares back at the lower price, return them to the lender and pocket the difference.

Shorting can also be part of a hedging strategy.

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