Short sellers giving up on Twitter trade


By Noel Randewich

SAN FRANCISCO Short sellers have been closing their bets against Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) so far in 2017, possibly frustrated by a lack of volatility in the social network’s stock price.

Following takeover talks in October that failed to lead to an acquisition of Twitter, the company’s share price so far in 2017 is up about 3 percent, helped by a 1.2 percent rise on Monday.

By comparison, the S&P 500 .SPX has gained 1.5 percent year to date.

Short interest against Twitter has dropped by about a fifth so far in 2017 to $733 million, with short sellers who bought and sold in recent weeks incurring net losses of about $11.5 million, said Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director of research at financial analytics firm S3.

Last year, traders made a net profit of $160 million by short-selling Twitter’s stock, Dusaniwsky said.

About 44 million Twitter shares were sold short in mid-January, equivalent to…

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