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One who has sold a contract to establish a market position and who has not yet closed out this position through an offsetting purchase; the opposite of a long position. Related: Long.

Short Position

The sale of a security or derivative, or the state of having sold one or the other. It is important to note that a short position is not closed, and is applied only to sales where further action may be required. For example, one who has borrowed securities and has then sold them is said to be have a short position with respect to that security, because he/she must eventually return an equivalent amount of the borrowed securities. Likewise, one who has sold (or written) an option is in a short position, because the option may be exercised at a later date. See also: Long position, Close a position.


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Poor orphans," began Lebedeff, his face assuming a mournful air, but he stopped short, for the other looked at him inattentively, as if he had already forgotten his own remark.
Kit, who in despatching his bread and meat had been swallowing two-thirds of his knife at every mouthful with the coolness of a juggler, stopped short in his operations on being thus appealed to, and bawled 'Nobody isn't such a fool as to say he doosn't,' after which he incapacitated himself for further conversation by taking a most prodigious sandwich at one bite.
Cavalletto had deferentially suggested the words and tune, supposing him to have stopped short for want of more.
He stopped short of naming the potential investor but explained it was based in North Rhine-Westphalia (a province in Northeastern Germany).
STRUGGLING Blackburn have confirmed a "revision" to manger Steve Kean's existing contract - but stopped short of admitting the under-fire manager has been handed a pay rise.
Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): China has indicated it would suspend some military exchanges in response to the US' decision of selling arms to Taiwan, but has stopped short of a full suspension of bilateral defense ties.
BRUSSELS: EU states agreed on Thursday to further extend sanctions on Syria but stopped short of targeting the oil industry and banks, which dissidents say would be the only way to choke off funds fuelling repression in the country.
Gordon Brown yesterday insisted there would be no immediate General Election but stopped short of ruling out an autumn poll.
But, he stopped short of saying the housing market seems to have turned, since many other markets served by Toll Brothers still see sluggish sales.
Even National Education Association President Reg Weaver stopped short of using the results as a rallying cry for public schools.
This stopped short of the junction so we use common sense and take that to mean we can still filter across without penalty, even though the arrow has been removed and the dashed border line filled in.
The document stopped short, however, of endorsing appearances of Mary such as those claimed at Lourdes, France and Fatima, Portugal.