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short sale

n.
1. The sale of a borrowed security in anticipation of making a profit by repurchasing it after its price has fallen.
2. An investment in an exchange-traded fund or derivative security whose performance is inversely related to that of a particular index.
3. The sale of a property for less than the amount owed on it, with the lender consenting to accept the lesser amount and cancel the debt in lieu of instituting foreclosure proceedings.
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Noun1.short sale - sale of securities or commodity futures not owned by the seller (who hopes to buy them back later at a lower price)
trading - buying or selling securities or commodities
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Strictly speaking, short-selling research organisations are adding an 'aphrodisiac' to market intelligence that confuses small and medium-size investors.
This short-selling restriction remains in effect through the end of trading on the trigger day and for all of the next trading day.
Previously you had to borrow securities first to do short-selling.
However, for the time being, the short-selling ban on financial stocks such as shares of banks, brokerages and insurers will continue to be in effect due to uncertainties in the financial market.
Lawrence Fagg, the head of the Birmingham branch of stockbrokers Charles Stanley, said short-selling - which had been blamed for causing chaos in the financial market - was a legitimate tactic, but had become a problem because too many investors had pushed the market too hard in search of high returns.
According to a letter and an affidavit filed with a bankruptcy judge in Manhattan, federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation of whether illegal short-selling on a massive scale caused the collapse of two Wall Street firms last year.
DURING THE 1980s, short-selling became an investment technique with genuine muscle.
Management further commented, "We are also investigating the probability of short-selling against the Preferred 'B' shares.
In what appears to be the first admission by an SEC regulator that naked short selling is occurring, SEC market regulation division director Annette Nazareth disclosed in a recent Dow Jones interview that the SEC would consider changes to short-selling rules this fall: "It's expected that the commission will consider short selling reforms in the next few months.
Com research indicates a "short-sell" strategy (buying puts, selling calls, short-selling, or outright selling of VRSN) at current levels is the logical move at this time.