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What I'm a bit confused by is the number of short shares out there, versus

..the number of shares out there. Can there actually be more short shares issued than total outstanding shares?

Look at the link below. If you scroll down a bit, you get to a section named "SHARE STATISTICS". There are
- 69M Outstanding shares
- float 49M (the float is the number of shares that are on the free market)
- 72M short shares.

Now, assuming the Yahoo numbers are correct. How can you have 2x as many short shares vs the float? (I'm thinking maybe it is because if different expiration dates, but that is just a wild ass guess).

If indeed this is the case, then it seems there are not enough shares out there to cover the number of short shares....AND, if the shorts are all forced to cover their position on Friday, they will need to bid up the stock to infinity and beyond, as they need to buy back shares. Now, here is a question (my lack of understanding of how the "short sale" works in reality), at the end of the day on Friday, do today's current shorts own all the stock? (thus not only do they loose a boat load of money, but in the end, the shorts are the ones who ultimately are left holding the bag, and eveyone buying makes money?

The thing that I'm wondering is, at Friday, come close of market, do those who own all the shorts

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Posted: 01/28/2021 at 06:34AM


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