Bearish bets against online dating website Match Group (MTCH US) have hit the highest level since first listing its shares as a public company in 2015. Despite short sellers having a mark-to-market paper loss of $27.5 million so far in 2017 (yielding a negative 10.5% return), short interest continues to grow on a daily basis.
S3 Partners real-time analytics calculates short interest of 14.96 million shares, with $288.1 million currently at risk. This is an increase of 48.6% and 67.3% year-to-date, when the exchange reported back in January that 10.1 million shares were sold short, with $172.2 million at risk.
Focusing in on the past two months of trading, the stock’s price has risen by over 12%. Over this same time frame, bears have shorted an additional 2.2 million shares, putting another $71.8 million to work.
With 38.2% of the floated shares now in short sellers’ hands, and the company recently announcing a 6 million share buyback program, bears looking to either initiate a new position or grow exposures further will eventually find borrow supply “hard to get.”
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