Starbucks short interest is $2.45 billion; 36.59 million shares short; 3.04% of float; stock borrow is General Collateral (30 bp fee). SBUX is the most shorted stock in the Restaurant Sector, followed by Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and McDonalds (MCD). With former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, announcing a potential presidential run in 2020 as an independent and possibly splitting the Democratic anti-Trump voting block there have been calls for a retaliatory boycott of Starbucks.
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ROKU short interest is $368 million; 8.73 million shares shorted; 12.95% of the float with a stock borrow rate of General Collateral (30 bps fee).
ROKUās stock price is down 7% today after Citron Research called the stock āuninvestableā as āApple teams up with Samsungā to stream content via iTunes.
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Hong Kong\China short sellers have been actively shorting into the declining Hong Kong and Chinese markets and generated $17.3 billion in mark-to-market profits, +18.0%, as the Hang Seng Index declined 16.7% and the CSI 300 Index declined by 25.8% in 2018. Short sellers continue to increase their positions as their profits build, adding $1.7 billion in new shorts throughout the year. Hong Kong\China with $80 billion in short interest is the second most shorted country behind the U.S. ($911 billion) and ahead of Japan ($73 billion) and the U.K. ($66 billion.)
Walmart real time short interest is at 24.18 million shares short for 1.7% of the float. This represents $2.455 billion at risk
Since hitting a year-to-date low of 19.4 million shares short at the end of September, speculators have increased their bearish bets leading into todayās 3Q earnings call.