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Short positions on Canadian bank stocks ramped to record highs beginning in early 2015 after Merrill Lynch strategist Michael Hartnett listed “short Canadian banks, and buy U.S. bank stocks” among his top trading ideas. Pessimism on domestic bank stocks remains high, but at least the number of investors shorting them has, in most cases, levelled off.

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