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What is a long squeeze?

Long squeeze

A long squeeze occurs where a security's price drops suddenly. Investors who have a long position on the security rush to sell their shares to avoid a huge loss.

Where have you heard about long squeezes?

You probably haven't heard much about long squeezes. That's because they're quite rare in the market, especially compared to short squeezes – sharp rises in the price of a security that lead to short sellers covering their positions. Long squeezes are rare because when a security's value falls, value buyers come in and push the market back up.

What you need to know about long squeezes.

There's not as much pressure to sell in a long squeeze as there is to settle your position in a short squeeze – you're not legally obliged to settle anything. The reason long traders sell in a long squeeze is because they want to cut their losses before the price goes too low.

Usually, a long squeeze drives down the market price further because a disproportionate amount of traders are selling their shares. In many cases, value buyers will then restore demand and stabilise the market.

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