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Mattel-Hasbro short spread widens in Barbie vs Darth Vader

Star Wars action figures, manufactured by Hasbro Inc, on display. Investors appear to be more sanguine on Hasbro, Mattel's biggest publicly traded competitor.

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IN the battle for holiday toy spending, the empire has the upper hand. At least that's the view in the stock market. Just ahead of Black Friday, short interest on Mattel Inc is hovering near an all-time high, reflecting scepticism that the toymaker will deliver this holiday...