Selling Short

Business / Finance / Selling Short: Selling a stock not actually owned. If an investor thinks the price of a stock is going down, the investor could borrow the stock from a broker and sell it. Eventually, the investor must buy the stock back on the open market. For instance, you borrow 1000 shares of XYZ on July 1 and sell it for $8 per share. Then, on Aug. 1, you purchase 1000 shares of XYZ at $7 per share. You've made $1000 (less commissions and other fees) by selling short.

Other Words for Short

Short Adjective Synonyms: direct, straight, straightforward, short and sweet
Short Noun Synonyms: small, little, slight, petite, diminutive, wee, tiny, elfin, minuscule, midget, dwarfish, squat, dumpy, runty, stubby, stunted, pint-sized, knee-high to a grasshopper, sawn-off
Short Verb Synonyms: laconic, terse, succinct, pithy, sententious, epigrammatic
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Selling Short Against The Box

Business / Finance / Selling Short Against The Box: Selling short stock that is actually owned by the seller but held in the box, meaning it is held in safekeeping. The seller borrows securities needed to cover as the stock in the box may be inaccessib MORE

Sell Short

Business / Taxes / Sell Short: Selling short is a trading strategy that's designed to take advantage of an anticipated drop in a stock's market price. To sell short, you borrow shares through your broker, sell them, and use the mon MORE

Short Wave

Science / Weather / Short Wave: A progressive wave of smaller amplitude, wave length, and duration than a long wave. It moves in the same direction as the basic current in which it is embedded and may induce upward vertical motion a MORE

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