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Nasdaq short interest up 1.84% in mid August

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Nasdaq short interest up 1.84% in mid August

FILE PHOTO: The Nasdaq logo is displayed at the Nasdaq Market site in New York, U.S., May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Reuters) – Short interest on the Nasdaq rose 1.84% in mid-August, the exchange said on Monday.

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As of Aug. 15, short interest rose to about 8.256 billion shares, compared with 8.106 billion shares as of July 31.

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Investors who sell securities “short” borrow shares and then sell them, in hopes the stock price will fall so they can buy the shares back at a lower price, return them to the lender and pocket the difference. Shorting can also be part of a hedging strategy.

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Reporting by Sinéad Carew; Editing by Leslie Adler

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