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Nvidia stock surge causes US$3b loss for short sellers

Tan KW
Publish date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024, 07:30 AM
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The surge in Nvidia Corp shares on Thursday has left short sellers with about US$3 billion in paper losses, according to an analysis by S3 Partners LLC, which called it an “AI generated nightmare” for bearish traders.

The mark-to-market losses are another blow for contrarians who argued that Nvidia’s sky-high valuations and speculative fever had all the makings of a market bubble about to pop. The chipmaker is the third-largest US short with US$18.3 billion of shares that have been borrowed and sold, according to S3.

“The early mark-to-market losses were inescapable for many short sellers that were looking to trim their positions after NVDA’s earnings report,” Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director of predictive analytics at S3, wrote in the note. “Short sellers will probably wait a bit to look for more favorable exit points.”

The rally in Nvidia sparked broader gains across the US chip industry. Short sellers had a one-day paper loss of US$4.3 billion from semiconductor stocks, S3 data showed. Semiconductors are the worst-performing sector for short sellers this year, with mark-to-market losses of US$7.2 billion in February.

Some investors say Nvidia’s blockbuster earnings will cement optimism that AI spending is strong, justifying the big stock market gains.

Nvidia surged 16% on Thursday, making it the third-biggest S&P 500 company and putting it on track to breach US$2 trillion in market value. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index climbed nearly 65% in 2023 and is up another 12% this year.


  - Bloomberg


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