Most Shorted Stocks Surge With Optimistic Momentum

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Short squeeze

The most shorted stocks in the market have outperformed the S&P by a wide amount in recent weeks. An index of heavily shorted stocks has jumped nearly 10% to a new high.

After similar short squeezes, the S&P outperformed heavily shorted stocks going forward.

Optimistic momentum

Heading into Wednesday, short-term optimism had been extreme for 8 out of the last 10 days. That’s a sign of buying momentum that isn’t seen very often. After other times it triggered, stocks struggled in the very short-term but not after that.

Fed prediction

Using markets’ knee-jerk reaction following a Federal Reserve meeting as a predictor for future returns is a questionable strategy. Since the 2009 low, the S&P 500’s reaction on a FOMC day predicted the next day’s return 58% of the time. 

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The post titled Most Shorted Stocks Surge With Optimistic Momentum was originally published as on on 2018-06-14.

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