Short selling is the act of selling a stock first and then purchasing it at a later date. The mechanism actually involves borrowing the shares to sell and then purchasing the shares at a later point in time to give back and cover the borrowed shares. This happens automatically in the current electronic age, although there are some thinly traded stocks that are hard to borrow and therefore hard to short. You must be able to borrow shares to short them. The goal of short selling is for the price of the stock to go down. It’s the same concept as buying a stock, just in reverse. If you sold short shares at $20.00 and the price declined to $15.00, you made $5.00. Shorting technically can have unlimited losses, as the price can go up to infinity; while when buying stock, you can lose only 100% of your investment, no more, as the shares can only drop to $0.
Short Selling was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by admin
Chinese media outlets are blaming George Soros and other foreign speculators for the recent selloff in China markets.
China’s stock markets have sunk roughly 30% over the last three weeks, costing investors some $3.5 trillion in market value. Taiwan-based China Times is now blaming the selloff on malicious ‘foreign’ short-sellers..
Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ/GRPN) is up a sizzling 368% from its 52-week low of $2.60 on November 12, 2012. Many in the market thought Groupon was dead. I was not one of them; I actually saw a possible short-covering opportunity due to the massive short-selling position on the stock. All the company needed was some good news to drive the shorts.
When I look at potential trading opportunities, I like to scan for stocks that have high short selling positions in them. These are the traders betting against the stock.
Now, while there’s always some validity to why a stock becomes a short selling target, it’s not always the case; this is where I see contrarian trading opportunities..
In my view, Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) is tops in the Internet space, and a better play than Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ/FB) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ/YHOO), based on my stock analysis. (Read “Facebook’s Hot, But Valuation’s Questionable.”)
At just over $700.00 a share, you may think the stock is expensive. On an absolute basis, a .
I’d like to see a stock market correction so income investors could buy good dividend paying stocks at fair prices. I’m not rooting for disaster, of course, and I’m not fond of short selling. I just think that, if the stock market pulled back a normal three percent to five percent from its current level, it would make for a very good .
Immediate term outlook:
The bear market rally in stocks that started in March 2009, extended because of unprecedented central bank money printing, is coming to an end. Gold bullion is up $1,000 an ounce since we first recommended it in 2002 and we are still bullish on the physical metal.
Short-to-medium term outlook:
World economies are entering their slowest growth period since 2009. The Chinese economy grew last year at its slowest pace in 24 years. Japan is in recession. The eurozone is in depression. With almost half the S&P 500 companies deriving revenue outside the U.S., slower world economic growth will negatively impact revenue and earnings growth of American companies. Domestically, America’s gross domestic product grew by only a meager 2.3% in the second quarter, which will negatively impact an already overpriced equity market.