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Odd-lot short-sale ratio
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Odd-Lot Short-Sale Ratio
The number of odd-lot short sales as a percentage of total short sales over a given period. Odd-lot short sales are short sales in quantities of fewer than 100 shares each. Generally speaking, one engages in short sales because one expects the price of a stock to fall. Likewise most odd-lotters are small investors. Because many investors consider small investors poorly informed and therefore wrong most of the time, they believe a high odd-lot short sale ratio may be a sign that stock prices will, in fact, rise.
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