*Stock Advisor returns from December 16, 2021
Bill Mann: AMF, the bowling company, Brunswick (NYSE:BC), whatever. When Jim Gillies goes and says I want to buy a million shares of AMF. It does not matter. I’ll randomly pull something else if it’s not really publicly traded anymore. We use Keweenaw Land Association (OTC: KEWL) ticker KEWL. Yes, that was a reference from northern Michigan, if Jim Gillies goes out and says, I want to buy a million shares of Keweenaw Land Association ticker KEWL, then his broker might say, sure, I will. What the broker does is essentially deliver a million shares to Jim and then he has two days to find them, so every time you make a trade, even if it’s just for a split second, the broker shorts their stocks until he finds them. That is the market mechanism. You have to be a little wary, their short squeezes exist. Usually a much better way to find companies that are compressible is to look at what the discount cost is, that is the cost to be short, and that’s what will tell you what the actual pressure is.