short covering

noun Finance.
purchases that close out short sales on stocks or commodities.
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short covering
 
n
1.  the purchase of securities or commodities by a short seller to meet delivery requirements
2.  the securities or commodities purchased

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Example sentences
At the end of the trading day, all the trades should be reported, including
  short sales and short covering.
In response, the authorities imposed a series of rule changes on short sales,
  which triggered a sharp short covering rally.
In the corn market, it's modest gains were tied to short covering by fund
  traders.
Whatever positive affect short covering has, it will not leave the stock
  unchanged.
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