The Shorts Like This Beachwear

For a small company that's hardly known on the Street, Quiksilver, a maker of beachwear and casual clothes, has been getting lots of attention--from the shorts. Of its 6.1 million shares outstanding, some 20% are in the hands of corporate insiders, leaving a float of about 5 million shares. What's intriguing is that some 700,000 shares, or 15% of the float, have been sold short--by some pros who are betting the stock will soon slump.

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