How Short Sellers Become Targets During Market Routs

When stock prices plummet in a market rout, short sellers often become a target. Regulators can attempt to curtail the plunge by restricting equity short selling, or betting with borrowed shares. Shorts, as these bettors are known, say their trading helps keep markets functioning smoothly. Critics say their actions can blur into market manipulation. During periods of acute market distress, such as now in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the hardest-hit countries are again imposing b

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