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short interest ratio  

Definition 1.

Short interest divided by average daily volume over some period, usually 30 days. Some investors believe that a high ratio is a bullish indicator, and a low ratio is a bearish indicator.
 

Definition 2.

Shares sold short divided by average daily volume. This ""days to cover"" ratio represents the number of days of average trading needed to cover short positions in a given stock. This ratio is especially worth investigating if you are considering a short sale. When too many shares of a given stock have been sold short and days to cover stretches past 8 or 10 days, covering your position could prove difficult.
 

Definition 3.

A sentiment indicator that is derived by dividing the short interest by the average daily volume for a stock.
 
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