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TermDefinition
Short One who has sold futures contracts or the cash commodity. Opposite of Long.
Short Covering Purchasing futures to offset a short position.
Short Hedge Selling futures contracts to protect against possible declining prices of commodities. Opposite of Long Hedge.
Short Selling Selling a futures contract with the idea of delivering on it or offsetting it at a later date.
Short Squeeze A market situation in which the lack of supplies tends to force shorts to cover their positions by offset at higher prices.
Short the Basis The purchase of futures as a hedge against a commitment to sell in the cash or spot markets. Opposite of Long the Basis.