short covering

noun Finance.
purchases that close out short sales on stocks or commodities. Unabridged
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short covering
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
Whatever positive affect short covering has, it will not leave the stock
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