Shorts have been the ‘secret ingredient’ to market’s rally

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday short-sellers have helped propel Wall Street’s robust rally from its pandemic-driven sell-off, calling the cohort of bearish investors the “secret ingredient” to the stock market’s success since late March 2020.

“Just like ordinary investors will throw in the towel and sell when their favorite stocks get obliterated, short-sellers throw in the towel when their favorite targets go up too much,” the “Mad Money” host said, shortly after the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 yet again closed at record highs.

“The invisible cover of their defeat is evident every day in this market and it’s something we don’t talk about enough—how the heck do you think we’ve managed to go six straight months without a 5% decline? Capitulating short-sellers are like a fifth column supporting the bulls, even if they’re not doing it by choice,” he added.

The 30-stock Dow is up 16% so far in 2021, while the broad S&P 500 has advanced…

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