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short interest

noun, Finance.
1.
the total amount by which a single seller or all sellers are short in a particular stock or commodity or in the market as a whole.
Also called short account, short position.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism
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  • The short interest data in listed stocks is released by exchanges that list those stocks.
  • It is currently being used for applications such as branch office approvals and short interest reporting.
  • The out standing short interest is large and a number of active shares commanded a premium for use.
  • So when you see the short interest figures in the papers, it is important to put them in this context.

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