Friday, 21 Feb 2020

NYSE short interest rose 1.8 percent in late August

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Short interest on the New York Stock Exchange rose 1.8 percent in late August, the exchange said on Wednesday.

As of Aug. 30, short interest rose to about 17.126 billion shares, compared with 16.820 billion shares as of Aug. 15.

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.

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