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Build-A-Bear Up Amid Frenzy Over Shorted Stocks, Which It Isn’t

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Many of the stocks riding record gains on the back of Reddit-fueled day trading are among the most shorted, but not Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc.

Short interest for the plush toy retailer, whose trading was briefly halted Wednesday after its share price soared as much as 76%, represents just 4.1% of float -- a far cry from the double- or even triple-digit levels of short interest at other consumer companies whose share prices are surging. The stock price ended the session up 42%, its biggest gain on record.