Infinity asked in Business & FinanceInvesting · 3 weeks ago

Is there a way to know if a lot of people are short selling a stock?

Six days ago, I asked if there was ever a better time to short sell stocks: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20191...

Now I'm wondering if there are a lot of people currently short selling stocks. If so, what stocks are being the most heavily short sold right now?

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  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Shorting is not investing.  It is speculating.  If you guess wrong, ALL of your money is gone.  If you invest in Walmart instead, you will still have your money until Walmart is banned in the USA.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Short Interest (% of float 10/31/19)  9.12      Its right in the Stock Summary on your brokerage account, the above is for Bristol Myers Squibb. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Why are there so many stock questions lately? Also: shrek’s anus

  • John
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Sometimes if the volume peaks when the price is dropping.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    There's no way to know what percentage of stock sales is from people using the 'shorting' strategy.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Short sales positions are reported twice a month to federal financial regulatory agencies.

    https://www.nasdaqtrader.com/Trader.aspx?id=ShortI...

    Most sites that supply financial information on stocks supply data on short sales.

    For example, looking at Boston Scientific (BSX) on Yahoo Finance today I see

    Shares Short (Oct 30, 2019) 4 14.9M

    Short Ratio (Oct 30, 2019) 4 1.59

    Short % of Float (Oct 30, 2019) 4 1.21%

    Short % of Shares Outstanding (Oct 30, 2019) 4 1.07%

    Shares Short (prior month Sep 29, 2019) 4 14.36M

    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BSX/key-statistics...

    There are plenty of free stock screeners on the web. I do not which ones allow you to use information on short positions as a filter, but I am confident that some of them do. 

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