To sell short

Related to To sell short: shorted
(Stock Exchange) to sell, for future delivery, what the party selling does not own, but hopes to buy at a lower rate.

See also: Short

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I have no sympathy for these gamblers who want to sell short. While it has a purpose in some cases, such as a farmer trying to lock in a price on his future production, it is an unnatural way to do business, and anyone who gets caught deserves no respite.
But traders can also conspire to sell short with the intent of forcing a stock price down artificially.
The move has angered drinkers and York MP Hugh Bayley said: "When you order and pay for a pint, you should be served a pint." CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, claimed it was the first time a brewery or pub group had admitted encouraging landlords to sell short measures.
With regard to one million of the 1.7 million shares, Morgan violated regulations governing the appropriate price at which a brokerage is allowed to sell short, as it sold the shares at a lower price than the share's quotation, established immediately before it sold them short, they said.
To sell short, you borrow shares from your broker and sell them today, at the current [and, you hope, inflated] price.
Elgindy insists that the accusations were made because "of my birthplace, my name, [and] the color of my skin." He maintains that his decision to sell short on United and American Airlines stocks -- devastated by the Black Tuesday hijackings -- was based on his study of publicly available information.
With regard to one million of the 1.7 million shares, Morgan Stanley violated regulations on the appropriate price at which a brokerage is allowed to sell short, as it sold the shares at a lower price than the share's latest market price established immediately before it sold them short, the SESC said.
The authorities should not allow these shops to sell shorts which are that short and it will stop the people from buying them.