Supply and Demand Shifts in the Shorting Market
AbstractUsing proprietary data on stock loan fees and stock loan quantities from a large institutional investor, we clarify the nature of the correlation between shorting indicators and stock prices. Employing a unique identification strategy, we are able to isolate shifts in the supply and demand for shorting. We find that shorting demand is an important predictor of future stock returns. The magnitude of this effect is large: an increase in shorting demand leads to a significant negative average abnormal return of 2.52% in the following month. We also provide evidence of a causal link between shorting demand and future stock returns by showing that these results are unlikely to be driven by public information flow.
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