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Biggest losses from shorted stocks in the U.S. 2020

Over the course of 2020, U.S. short sellers lost over 40 billion U.S. dollars to shorts of Tesla - a value significantly higher than other companies. While short selling can generate some very large profits in a small amount of time, the practice can also lead to some very large losses should stock prices rise, confounding investors' expectations. Short selling is a process whereby investors effectively borrow a certain number of shares for a period of time, with the aim of selling them when the price is high, then repurchasing at a lower price in order to return them.

Stocks generating the highest losses from short sell positions on U.S. markets in 2020

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Release date

January 2021


Worldwide, United States

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