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Short Sellers Up Regional Bank Bets Even as Lender Concerns Ease

  • KRE short interest as % of shares outstanding is 92%: S3 data
  • ETFs not only used for bets, but also hedging, Lutz says
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Regional Banks’ Problem: They’re Too Small to Succeed

Bets against regional banks continue to pile on even as the sector recovers from the turmoil that shook financial markets in March. 

Short interest as a percentage of shares outstanding in the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (ticker KRE) rose to 92% from 74% a week ago, according to data compiled by S3 Partners, a technology and data-analytics firm. When accounting for the synthetic long bets created in each short sale, it means almost 48% of positions in the ETF are wagering on a decline, up from 42% last Wednesday.