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Celebrating The Anniversary Of The Short Sale

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Celebrating The Anniversary Of The Short Sale

On May 25, 1931, the New York Stock Exchange delivered its first public report on the total number of shares sold short to that day, as well as that amount as a percentage of the total equity available on the market -- the short interest.

On that day, the NYSE reported 5.6 million shorted shares, just 12 percent of the exchange's monthly trading volume.

Eighty-six years later, shorting data is the basis of some trader’s entire strategy. According to the NYSE’s most recent Short Interest Report, short equity represents nearly $13.7 billion in market value.

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Commemorate the occasion of the start of the short report by watching the video below to get better insight on where today’s short interest is pooling.

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