Hong Kong\China short sellers have been actively shorting into the declining Hong Kong and Chinese markets and generated $17.3 billion in mark-to-market profits, +18.0%, as the Hang Seng Index declined 16.7% and the CSI 300 Index declined by 25.8% in 2018. Short sellers continue to increase their positions as their profits build, adding $1.7 billion in new shorts throughout the year. Hong Kong\China with $80 billion in short interest is the second most shorted country behind the U.S. ($911 billion) and ahead of Japan ($73 billion) and the U.K. ($66 billion.)
Redfin real-time short interest is at 19.89 million shares shorted for 31.09% of float the available float. $299.6 million is at risk wagering on a share price decline.
Short interest in terms of shares shorted is currently at an all-time high, looking back to its July ‘17 IPO.