Specialist's short-sale ratio

Specialist's short-sale ratio

The percentage of the total short sales of stock sold short by specialists.
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Specialist Short Sale Ratio

The ratio of short sales made by specialists on an exchange to total short sales over a given period. Specialists are thought to be especially knowledgeable about the direction of the market, and most investors generally sell short when they are feeling bearish. Thus, a high specialist short sale ratio is considered to be bearish signal, while a low ratio is thought to be bullish. See also: Member short-sale ratio.
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