NYSE Short Interest Nears Record, Pre-Lehman Level

Tyler Durden's picture

In the last two months, NYSE Short Interest has risen 4.5%, back over 18 billion shares near the historical record highs of July 2008 (and up 7 of the last 9 months).

 

There are two very different perspectives on could take when looking at this data...

  • Either a central bank intervenes, or a massive forced buy-in event occurs, and unleashes the mother of all short squeezes, sending the S&P500 to new all time highs, or
  • Just as the record short interest in July 2008 correctly predicted the biggest financial crisis in history and all those shorts covered at a huge profit, so another historic market collapse is just around the corner.

The correct answer will be revealed in the coming weeks or months... but we know what happened last time...

 

Charts: Bloomberg