Number of Shares Shorted

Indicator Description

If a large number of investors decide to short sell an equity instrument within a small period of time, their combined action can significantly affect the price of the stock.

Shares Shorted 
 = 
Shorted by Public 
by Institutions 

Number of Shares Shorted is the total amount of shares that are currently sold short by investors. When a stock is sold short, the short seller assumes the responsibility of repurchasing the stock at a lower price. The speculator will make money if the stock goes down in price or will experience a loss if the stock price goes up.

Number of Shares Shorted In A Nutshell

Number of shares shorted is a key number to look out because you want to see how many people are betting against the company so to speak. Another terminology you may have heard is short interest. For example, if there are 100 shares outstanding and 10 people are short, then there is a 10% short interest in the company. Many people fail to realize there are people on the other side of the fence, hoping the company falls in stock price. The numbers of shares shorted and who is shorting them can be crucial in determining where the stock may be going.

You want to look at the institutional investors to understand where their money is going because it could be a good insight as to where they think the market is going to go. Along the lines of shares shorted, you may want to observe who is selling there stock at the company, such as executives. If they’re buying it, they may be confident that the company will continue to succeed.

When people evaluate stocks, they look to the upside and determine how far it can go. Using data they hear from reports or looking at a stock chart, they are trying to figure out what will propel the company further. However, there is the flip side to the equation that the average investor may not know, and that is the ability to short a stock. Shorting a stock is when you borrow the shares from your broker, sell them to the market, hoping to buy back at a lower price and return them to the broker, keeping the difference. Shares that are being shorted could indicate people are seeing indications the company stock could be pulling back.

Closer Look at Number of Shares Shorted

When you run the numbers side by side, it is almost a vote to see where the stock is going. If you see there is 60% short interest in the stock at the moment, you may not want to get in front of that train buying for the upside. This information is useful when comparing all forms of data because it digs below the surface level of the chart and tells you where the money is actually going. Using this in conjunction with the Money Flow Index may be a good combination as to anticipate momentum and price action. Be sure to use this on a demo account to ensure it fits your trading style. Always research to better understand the tools you are using and to view other opinions on the matter. Again, there are almost always people betting against the company, you should know how many and if it is larger than the people buying.

Other Suggestions

Analyzing currently trending equities could be an opportunity to develop a better portfolio based on different market momentums that they can trigger. Utilizing the top trending stocks is also useful when creating a market-neutral strategy or pair trading technique involving a short or a long position in a currently trending equity.

Investing Ideas

You can quickly originate your optimal portfoio using our predefined set of ideas and optimize them against your very unique investing style. A single investing idea is a collection of funds, stocks, ETFs, or cryptocurrencies that are programmatically selected from a pull of investment themes. After you determine your investment opportunity, you can then find an optimal portfolio that will maximize potential returns on the chosen idea or minimize its exposure to market volatility.

Thematic Opportunities

Explore Investment Opportunities

Build portfolios using Macroaxis predefined set of investing ideas. Many of Macroaxis investing ideas can easily outperform a given market. Ideas can also be optimized per your risk profile before portfolio origination is invoked. Macroaxis thematic optimization helps investors identify companies most likely to benefit from changes or shifts in various micro-economic or local macro-level trends. Originating optimal thematic portfolios involves aligning investors' personal views, ideas, and beliefs with their actual investments.
Explore Thematic Ideas
Explore Investing Ideas  
Check out your portfolio center. Note that this page's information should be used as a complementary analysis to find the right mix of equity instruments to add to your existing portfolios or create a brand new portfolio. You can also try Money Managers module to screen money managers from public funds and ETFs managed around the world.

Other Complementary Tools

CEO Directory
Screen CEOs from public companies around the world
Go
Bond Directory
Find actively traded corporate debentures issued by US companies
Go
Equity Search
Search for actively traded equities including funds and ETFs from over 30 global markets
Go
Bond Analysis
Evaluate and analyze corporate bonds as a potential investment for your portfolios.
Go
Commodity Channel Index
Use Commodity Channel Index to analyze current equity momentum
Go
Instant Ratings
Determine any equity ratings based on digital recommendations. Macroaxis instant equity ratings are based on combination of fundamental analysis and risk-adjusted market performance
Go
Theme Ratings
Determine theme ratings based on digital equity recommendations. Macroaxis theme ratings are based on combination of fundamental analysis and risk-adjusted market performance
Go
Financial Widgets
Easily integrated Macroaxis content with over 30 different plug-and-play financial widgets
Go
Focused Opportunities
Build portfolios using our predefined set of ideas and optimize them against your investing preferences
Go
Positions Ratings
Determine portfolio positions ratings based on digital equity recommendations. Macroaxis instant position ratings are based on combination of fundamental analysis and risk-adjusted market performance
Go
Efficient Frontier
Plot and analyze your portfolio and positions against risk-return landscape of the market.
Go
Portfolio Comparator
Compare the composition, asset allocations and performance of any two portfolios in your account
Go