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Traders have a $1.5 billion bet riding against Uber (UBER, LYFT)

Dara KhosrowshahiCarlo Allegri/Reuters

  • Short-sellers have ramped up their bets against Uber to $1.5 billion.
  • Borrowing of Uber shares has surged by more than 160% in the past two weeks, to 36 million shares from 13.6 million.
  • The value of short positions in Uber has passed the value of those in Lyft for the first time.
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Uber's disappointing public debut may be just the start of its problems. Traders, skeptical that it can maintain growth and turn a profit, have ramped up their bets against the ride-hailing giant to $1.5 billion.

"We've seen a surge in borrowing of Uber over the last week," said Samuel Pierson, director of securities finance at IHS Markit, in an email to Business Insider.

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