NYSE Short Interest Declines Again, Just In Time For Market Drop

Tyler Durden's picture

While not at the lows from January, when NYSE short interest hit a multi year low of 12.4 billion shares, the just released update shows that into the end of February, total short interest once again declined from the Mid-February dead cat bounce which saw it at 12.8 billion, with the latest print at 12.6 billion shares. And now that the market is finally realizing that there is a several hundred point vacuum underneath if indeed there is even a brief break in Fed monetization, the number of shorts that may opt to cover on the market's way down is far lower than in recent history. Of course, this is what happens when everyone bets on the Bernanke Put and said Put starts to sputter, which simply means that the Fed chairman, who traditionally equates economic growth with the Russell 2000 is more boxed into a corner, than ever: QE3 will second gold to 2,000 and oil to 1,50. No QE3 will send the S&P to sub 1,000. Place your bets.

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LawsofPhysics's picture

ha-ha, my shorts paid big this morning.

Bleeping Fed's picture

Since I'm constantly inclined to trade against Cramer's recommendations, here's a big HAYOOB!

gordengeko's picture

70-30 says QEIII.  If they don't... bring in the new one world currency!

Bleeping Fed's picture

Yes, and we all know how well one currency is working for Europe...

buzzsaw99's picture

QE with a sideways 8

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Winner, winner chicken dinner!

Jason T's picture

bought some UUP and SH today.. and a little AOB, a value stock I like.

the phantom's picture

Prediction: Stick save, and a beauty, by the PPT moops at the close to keep the SPY's at 1300. Must...defend...charade.

Overflow-admin's picture

Yeepee it's great time to buy bonds! </Weimar Ben advice>

dark pools of soros's picture

thank god it's BTFD day

Sudden Debt's picture

QEIII² will come 2 weeks after the end of QEII

uhb's picture

QE will go on forever, because noone (beside the fed) will buy t-bills. And hey , they even pay interest... to themselves!

plocequ1's picture

Exactly. Its all a show for us sheeple to behold. Phony opposition against QE and other issues are becoming obvious. What little intelligence i have is being insulted everyday. There will be QE3, 4,5,and 6 so sayeth our owners.

Village Smithy's picture

He will QE until the bond markets make him stop. Until then BTFD.

John Wilmot's picture

Correction: He will QE until he is the bond market.

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LOWNskater52's picture

" QE3 will send gold to 2,000 and oil to 1,50. No QE3 will send the S&P to sub 1,000. Place your bets."

What do you pay if both happen?   I'll take that bet

bunkermeatheadprogeny's picture

Then go buy FAZ and NUGT, or be the contrarian with FAS and DUST.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Stock markets do not like inflation causing margin collapse. Look at the '70s.

Racer's picture

The evil shorters are not so evil after all... they were just used to push the market up but they forgot that the shorters are very useful on the way down and will slow any fast drop.

If they can't keep the wheel from spinning fast it will get very fast indeed.. I see it is smoking right now and they are tryng to jam the cogs to hold it

rosiescenario's picture

...a few more days of this market action should provide sufficient conditioning enough that all will welcome more QE...all will come to realize that our new economic order depends on QE forever....buying PM's today.

UnRealized Reality's picture

That's what happened in the 30's shorts were banned and the market decline even further. You need shorts cause they are the only ones that buy in a declining market. And BB claims to be a student of the Depression. LMFAO

Saxxon's picture

Are you sure about that?  Roosevelt and the new SEC changed a lot of things but I was unaware that an outright ban on short-selling was one of them.  I thought it was just an uptick rule.

UnRealized Reality's picture

Back then the Gov't put so much pressure on shorts and want after the evil spec. shorts, every body and there mother was terrify to short. It wasn't an out right ban but it mine as well of been cause every body was in fear for their life to short anything. I'm not sure about the up-tick rule but they put the fear of God in all Shorts, so nobody shorted anything. There were large scale investigation on shorting back then. So without Short, nobody bought and the market tank further.

HedgeFundLIVE's picture

i'll say it again, as hopefully this time i'll get a better response- short this market! names i'm looking to short: http://www.hedgefundlive.com/blog/short-this-market-ill-say-it-again-which-names-to-short

cramers_tears's picture

QE-"To The Moon - Alice"!!!!!

BORT's picture

Have you ever seen so much Angst over a four percent drop in the R2000??

That must have some meaning

Saxxon's picture

That's not the source of the angst.  >$90 crude and a looming double-dip is the source.

Grand Supercycle's picture

I'm sticking with my Feb 22 call that the DOW top on Feb 18, 2011 signals the end of the rally.

Longs please be careful.