Short sellers focused on shares of a cluster of U.S. regional banks, such as New York Community Bancorp (NYSE: NYCB), have seen around $1.04 billion in unrealized gains over the past two trading sessions, per data and analytics firm Ortex.
In a surprising turn of events, short sellers betting against a group of U.S. regional banks, including New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), have raked in a whopping $1.04 billion in unrealized gains over just the past two trading sessions. This information comes from data and analytics firm Ortex.
New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) took a significant hit, experiencing a 40% drop since Tuesday’s closing bell. The bank shocked the market by revealing an unexpected loss and slashing its dividends by 70%. Short sellers capitalized on this downturn, pocketing around $122 million of the overall gains.
The objective of short sellers is to earn profits by selling borrowed shares to repurchase them later at a lower price.
Ortex data reveals that about 3.6% of New York Community Bancorp’s free float is sold short. This figure has remained relatively stable over the past two days and is slightly below the 3-month average of 4.18%.
NY Community Bancorp (NYSE: NYCB) Stock Movement
NYCB stock jumped 5.04% to close at $6.04 on Friday. The traders had exchanged hands with 60,130,987 (60.13 million) shares compared to the average daily trading volume of 12.67 million.