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8. The smart money on Wall Street is shorting Amazon’s rivals

Few bets have been smarter this year than wagering on Amazon's success, and against its top competitors. And now short-selling by investors suggests an increasing consensus that Amazon will not only continue to weaken its retail rivals, but soon dominate markets for fresh groceries and auto parts.

Data: S3 Partners; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

What this chart shows: "Short interest" measures the total bet against a company through short selling, a tactic in which investors bet that the share price of a company will drop.