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Easter 2017 update: Top shorted London-listed shares

Published 42 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, at the start of the year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares HERE. The following updates, showing those with a current reported short position of +7%...

Morrisons Could be the Most Hopeful Share Among British Supermarkets

Published 45 days ago

Hello Share Pullers. Sometimes we keep shares due to inertia. There are some less than great performers in my bag which have been there for years and so have the status of being a bit hard to trade. I have this illogical urge to get all my money back first.

Fancy a Firm that's Not Cut its Divi in 56 Years and Goes from Strength to Strength?

Published 80 days ago

Hello Share Shellers. Some of my formative years as a broadcaster were at BBC Radio Leeds. It was in the centre of that fair city in a shopping paradise called the the Merrion Centre. Happy days!

An Open letter to Ben Turney - why have you not called in the police at Teathers Financial

Published 95 days ago

Yesterday I revealed a series of 74 "interesting" transactions on the Teathers Financial (TEA) company credit card and some curious payments on the Teathers pre-payment card belonging to Nilesh Jagatia the company's former FD. There is now a very real suspicion that Teather's poor shareholders were paying for Jagatia's domestic shopping at his local Sainsbury's in South Woodford and that he was making withdrawals from the company's account for personal use. I have thus written to the new CEO flip flop Ben Turney who, of course arrived in the coup that saw Jagatia fired. The letter is below.

The Tesco Recovery Play - and Why It Might Just Come Off

Published 103 days ago

Hello Share Grinders. As I write this, I’m aware that wise Shareprophets commentator Wildrides will be sharpening his pencil to disagree. And I am not at all sure about supermarkets myself - though I still have shares in the big three home-grown ones. Looking at Morrison (MRW), Sainsbury (SBRY) and Tesco (TSCO), I think the last named is the most likely to bring us the most money from our owning the shares.

Look At Our Great Wall of Shops to Benefit from the China Syndrome

Published 117 days ago

Hello Share Pingers. For the last few years I’ve poured scorn on investing in most retail chains. This is because of the encroachment of on-line shopping. But I’ve changed my mind. For one thing the big retailers have built up blistering on-line operations of their own. They are putting up a strong front of competition to long-time on-line specialists like ASOS (ASC).

Top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2017

Published 142 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2017...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - suffering at the Post Office as Cloudtag fesses up to ANOTHER lie

Published 156 days ago

In today's late bearcast I relay a stressful experience in the Post Office and the discovery of ouzo in my local Sainsbury. Is it just for me do you think? Cloudtag (CTAG) was caught telling porkies AGAIN, this time by Nigel, and I discuss that. I discuss React (REAT) shares in which we own. Then I look at Servision (SEV) and finally note Drunken Sailor's revelation on United Cocao (CHOC). And there is news about what is in store between now and Boxing day.

Sainsbury’s: piling it high and selling it cheap (so treat the shares the same)

Published 241 days ago

As I will publish one day as ‘Chris Bailey’s guide to reading regulatory news statements’, rule 354 is ‘worry about any retail company that starts talking about the price of their products in a RNS’.  Normally such price disclosures highlight desperation and hence Sainsbury’s (SBRY) musings earlier today that…

June edition of the UK Investor magazine: Should we stay or should we go? + 7 share tips

Published 314 days ago

The June edition of UK Investor Show magazine is now live featuring Sainsbury v Tesco, Brexit or in, Tom Winnifrith vs Darren Atwater, 4 buy share tips and 3 sells to 0p from Tom Winnifrith, Q&A with Alexander Mining and more. You can download your free copy below.

Notes from Underground: Show Me the Money!

Published 342 days ago

Two hard days in the pizza business gave me a roaring headache on Friday, so I crossed Clerkenwell Road to the Sainsbury's for some pain reliever.

Delve into the Big Box and You May Click and Collect a Winner

Published 433 days ago

Hello Share Pickers. You don’t need me to tell you that shopping habits are changing. Yes, the days of going shopping are still with us. The great British public regard it as its number one hobby.

Here's a Possible Tonic for your Portfolio - A Firm Firing Fizz into the Market.

Published 443 days ago

Hello Share Pickers. Whenever I consider tonic water, I always think of, well, you know who. But they're not the only people to make this vital addition to a small gin.

Reviewed: Performance of the most shorted London-listed shares as at the start of 2015

Published 498 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we recently detailed the most shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2016 - see HERE. Is this worth paying some attention to? The following reviews the 2015 performance of the most shorted such shares as at the start of that year (those in bold also on the 2016 list), completing our review of 2015 (which has included of the ShareProphets writers share tips of the year HERE, the China AIM 'Filthy Forty' HERE, the AIM shares shorted HERE and the 2015 UK Investor Show bear calls HERE)...

Zak Mir's Great Request Show: Bacanora Minerals, Polo Resources, Sainsbury

Published 500 days ago

If you want me to analyse a stock for you just drop me a line at sqmir@hotmail.com - Today I look at shares in Bacanora Minerals (BCN), Polo Resources (POL) and J Sainsbury (SBRY) setting share price targets for all three stocks.

The most shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2016...

Published 501 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the disclosed most shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2016...

Fitbug Trading Update - short on numbers, very short on cash..its fucked

Published 514 days ago

It is not what Fitbug (FITB) says in its year end trading update which is alarming but what it does not say. Mr Market was not fooled by this hogwash and the shares are off 20% at 0.9p. That makes the shares still overvalued by circa 100% but the final demolition of this POS, which was ramped so disgracefully by certain folks, can wait for 2016.

A Few More Reasons to Give a Second Chance to Morrisons.

Published 530 days ago

Hello Share Squirters. About six years ago I bought some shares in Morrisons (MRW). And I immediately regretted it. And that was before all the hoo-ha about Lidl and Aldi taking the customers of the big British supermarkets.

More Reasons to Buy Morrisons.

Published 590 days ago

Hello Share Monkeys. Good old Morrisons (MRW). It has decided to spend £40 million pounds to boost the pay of 90,000 shop workers to £8.20 an hour. That's a tasty improvement on the present rate of £6.85.

Tesco: the super tanker starts to turn

Published 598 days ago

Which of the following do you believe is more important as a guide to Tesco’s (TSCO) corporate well-being?

Trouble in Old China, Yes - But What Has that to Do with Barnsley?

Published 639 days ago

I want to draw your attention to the absurd affect that the trouble in China is having on British shares. One of the biggest fallers has been ITV (ITV). This company makes it money by advertising British companies, like Tesco (TSCO), Sainsbury (SBRY), WM Morrison (WMR) and loads of other very familiar products in the UK.

Tesco – every little improvement helps (and hello 225p again)

Published 699 days ago

Well hello again a 225p Tesco (TSCO) share price.  Friday’s trading update still has plenty of grim headline news contained within it (-1.3% UK like-for-like sales performance and a general food retail market that is ‘still challenging and volatility is likely to remain a feature of short-term performance’) but Tesco shares had a better day.  

Fitbug Holdings – update as 2014 results snuck out

Published 747 days ago

As expected for results snuck out as attention focused on the General Election result, Fitbug Holdings (FITB) reported an increased loss for the 2014 calendar year. The following updates with the company though emphasising a “transformational year… successfully capitalising on the rapidly growing B2C market for wearable technology”. Hmmm…

Table of most shorted shares in London - 02/04/2015

Published 777 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by net short position %) and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE.

Table of most shorted shares in London - 20/03/2015

Published 791 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by net short position %) and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE.

Table of most shorted shares in London - 27/02/2015

Published 813 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by net short position %) and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE.

Table of most shorted shares in London - 13/02/2015

Published 828 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by net short position %) and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE.

List (as of 07/01/2015) & performance of most shorted shares in London

Published 864 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by total net short position %), if this total position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE and the performance in 2015 thus far...

Has Tesco Dave played a blinder?

Published 869 days ago

As Tesco (TSCO) shareholders celebrate the return of a share price that begins with a ‘2’ what should we think of the turnaround plan rolled out by the company’s newish CEO Dave Lewis?

Bearcast 8th January - free speech deniers Quindell and other matters

Published 870 days ago

Yesterday 12 journalists were murdered by those who deny free speech. Today on the LSE asylum others who do not believe in free speech are at work. They may not be murderers but they are no less despicable. I start with that matter and Quindell and move on to cover Kenmare, Global Energy Developments, Tern, Igas, Sainsbury and Tesco, Touchstone Gold and Northwest Investment Group.

The most shorted London shares at the start of 2015...

Published 872 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the disclosed most shorted shares at the start of 2015...

What I’ve Learnt From Saying ‘Shares Are Real, not An Imaginary Game’

Published 872 days ago

Well this article certainly has made quite an impact! I can let you know that before it was even published I had a writer who I like and respect contact me telling me I was wrong to say it. This was solely from reading the title of the article on Twitter.

Supermarkets To Get Post Christmas Shake Up

Published 873 days ago

Christmas is over. On my weekly visit to supermarkets on Saturday both Morrisons (MRW) and Aldi were noticeably less busy. Morrisons in particular- about four weeks ago there were around double the number of shoppers in store. Huddersfield’s ‘nightlife’ was quieter on Saturday too, significantly. Some clubs didn’t even open.

Let’s Have a Look at Sainsbury’s Strategy Part One

Published 886 days ago

Sainsbury’s (SBRY) is more upmarket than any of the other ‘Big Four’ supermarkets, Asda, Tesco (TSCO) and Morrisons (MRW). It leaves German upstarts Aldi and Lidl in the dust in terms of the range of products. And if you’re into ‘Fair Trade’ bananas... well it’s the place to go!

The Supermarket Christmas Price War

Published 889 days ago

I shopped in Aldi today and it was packed! Arrived just after 8am and there were already plenty of people already shopping there. Probably there was a queue of people, waiting in the cold at the door before it opened. Arrived in Morrisons (MRW) a bit earlier, as it had extended its opening hours due to ‘Christmas’ which I’m convinced more and more is just a way to get people to spend more money, and there were relatively few people.

Table of most shorted shares in London - 12/12/2014

Published 890 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by total net short position %) and if this total position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE ('Position Holder''s in bold appear in the table more than once).

Fitbug is a buy but at a lower price

Published 892 days ago

Fitbug (FITB) is a company that I’ve been watching with interest ever since its meteoric rises in October and November. I could sort of see why the rise from less than 0.4p to over 5p could be justified to some extent by the news that its ‘Fitbug’ was to be extensively stocked by Sainsbury’s and US giant Target, especially with Thanksgiving and Xmas on the way.

Table of most shorted shares in London - 28/11/2014

Published 906 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by total net short position %) and if this total position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE ('Position Holder''s in bold appear in the table more than once).

Why I've Tempered my View on Tesco.

Published 911 days ago

Hello Share Shooters. When I said we might have another go at Tesco (TSCO) recently, there was a volley of opposition among the comments which followed. Hardly anybody agreed that it was worth giving the supermarket giant another chance.

Let's Go Tesco Again.

Published 915 days ago

Hello Share Punchers: Let me go out on a controversial limb and suggest you look at 95-year-old Tesco (TSCO) once more.

Table of most shorted shares in London - 20/11/2014

Published 917 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details the most shorted shares (by total net short position %) and if this total position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since a previous analysis HERE ('Position Holder''s in bold appear in the table more than once).

Fitbug Holdings ramparoonie – beware, balance sheet terrible, placing ahoy?

Published 941 days ago

Having seen its shares rocket in a ramparoonie special  from 0.375p prior to a 22nd October announcement that “the US retail chain Target Corporation and UK supermarket J Sainsbury plc will stock Fitbug products in their wearables ranges from November 2014” to approaching 8p, Fitbug (FITB) has updated that, noting the recent move in its share price, it “wishes to announce that it continues to trade in line with the board's expectations” before a couple of hours later seemingly being made to further announce that “it knows of no reason for the move in its share price other than its agreements with Target Corporation and J Sainsbury plc to stock Fitbug products in their stores”. Now at 6.22p, capitalising the company at £10.5 million, what is the outlook from here?

Tesco at 171p: Does the new CEO have the mission statement attributes of a William Blake?

Published 946 days ago

The Tesco (TSCO interim results have proved to be such a large dog’s breakfast of awfulness, that it is hard to know where to begin in attempting to describe and understand the situation. 

Morrisons begins Fighting Back with Match and More

Published 958 days ago

For quite a while, I believe that Morrisons (MRW) has lagged behind the competition in the supermarket sector. It’s been years behind Asda, Sainsbury’s (SBRY) and Tesco (TSCO) in terms of online shopping.

Sainsbury’s Needs to go back to Basics

Published 964 days ago

Let’s talk about Sainsbury’s (SBRY). My article about it was the first I wrote on this site, feel free to check it out HERE. You’ll notice what has happened to the share price since then is... not pretty.

The Advice of Others

Published 977 days ago

My father originally advised me that Sainsbury’s (SBRY) was a good buy at 315p. “In the long term they’re good value at this price.” I did my own research, saw that the PE was low and the yield attractive. I didn’t have any shares in the supermarket sector and never had, so it was good from a ‘diversity’ view I guess. I bought the share.

Buying Shares is an Important Long Term Decision

Published 978 days ago

So I’m looking at my Sainsbury’s shares now, feeling quite sad. They’re currently trading at 275.1p. I first bought my original batch at 315p. I think it’s important for share investors to be as honest about their losses as their gains.

Things to Checkout when Visiting Supermarkets

Published 999 days ago

So supermarkets have been in the news a lot lately, with Tesco (TSCO) slashing its dividend by 75%. All of the supermarket shares took a battering on Friday, with worries that Tesco’s rivals could also cut their dividends. Just on an instinctive feel, I don’t think Sainsbury (SBRY) will cut its but I do feel it may be effected when Tesco start to cut prices- it will probably have to follow suit to an extent.

Ocado – sell into the rally

Published 1008 days ago

Shares in Ocado (OCDO) have become somewhat volatile of late. Last year this was hardly the case: the shares simply rose every day to everyone’s general bemusement and in many cases, my own included, considerable financial cost. 

Food Glorious Food Won't Help the Share Price Ref: Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury.

Published 1085 days ago

Hello Share Persons. Stay away from supermarkets. I don't mean you should stop eating. But think long and hard before buying shares in them. 

Sainsbury shares at 340p, a fundamentally attractive buy

Published 1095 days ago

The results from Sainsbury (SBRY) for the year to 15 March were far from being a disaster; which was good news given the cloud the food retail sector has been under from those drat German price discounters, who seem to have learnt how to compete on both price and perceived quality. Sales were up by 2.8% - not bad even if the ‘like for like’ sales from the stores that had been open a year or more, were up by a mere wisp at plus 0.2%. The company retained its market share in the year to March 2014.

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