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Last night, drug development company Puma Biotechnology reported better than expected breast cancer trial results, and shares of the company rallied nearly 300% afterwards. Yesterday, activist investor Bill Ackman gave the "most important
Under normal market conditions, short sellers provide the right amount of pessimism to temper the optimism that leads to a wildly overvalued stock market. Short positions help keep companies with weak earnings potential and bad management from riding
Maybe it's the after-effect of Solyndra or a belief that solar power is only competitive with the help of government subsidies and handouts. There was a time when many of those beliefs were true, but today the solar industry is competing with the
After years of hiding under their desks, short sellers are re-emerging - slowly. Investors who make a living betting that stock prices will fall are happy to forget 2013: The S&P 500 gained nearly 30 percent while Credit Suisse's index of hedge funds
View gallery A Netflix return CD mail envelope is shown in Encinitas, California, April 19, 2013. Even as some of Wall Street's biggest trading favorites - considered by many to be massively overvalued - report earnings this week, short sellers are
The chatter from some traders on Wall Street is that JC Penney stock is in a beautiful position for a short squeeze, in which investors shorting the stock are forced to cut their losses and exit their trades. Maybe you're optimistic about JC Penney's
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange August 9, 2013. U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday but indexes were on track for their worst week since June as investors found few reasons to buy with equity prices near record levels.
X Tom is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network -- entries represent the personal opinions of our bloggers and are not formally edited. Have you ever suspected a stock that you own is a target for manipulation? The share price gets pushed around.
In our current market environment, sentiment can seemingly change on a whim, so it's crucial that investors consider a stock's short interest before buying. Typically, an increased amount of shorting means that the Street has grown less fond of a
Facebook 's weak stock market debut has a potential silver lining for the social media giant - some short sellers may have been scared off. About 8.1 percent of the 421 million shares in the initial public offering were sold short as of May 31, about