Post half-year 2017 update: Top shorted London-listed shares

Published 7 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we previously updated at Easter the top shorted London-listed shares HERE. The following updates, showing those with a current reported short position of +7% (those in bold new entrants post the Easter update)...

Marks And Spencer: the management better hope Margins Are Sustainable

Published 10 days ago

The macro news today showed a glimmer of hope for retailers with the UK British Retail Consortium (BRC) data showing a 1.2% rise in June like-for-like retail sales compared to a year ago.  All hail the hot weather and the Eid celebrations which apparently - according to the experts - helped out.  

Easter 2017 update: Top shorted London-listed shares

Published 98 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%...

Marks and Sparks' Flat Share Price Belies a Tasty Dividend

Published 415 days ago

Hello Share Tasters. As far as I can see the share price at Marks and Sparks (MKS) has not moved very much in the last 10 years. There have been some alarming peaks and troughs along the way. But its the overall flatness of the share price that’s the main reason why I sold all my stock some time ago - and won’t be returning. However, I can see the advantage of being on board for all those share shifters who relish tasty dividends. And with the general performance of most shares at the moment, who can blame them?

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Dealing with the PLC Bullshitters like Lorne from FastForward

Published 422 days ago

More stilly tweets from free speech deniers Paul Scott prompt a further defence of an unmuzzled press. I deal with Paul's bizarre conversion to totalitarianism and Cyan in a seperate podcast here. Lorne Ebony of FastForward (FFWD) asks you to accept that black is white. It isn't and his shares are a sell. I look at Gable (GAH) where a free press that warned you all is vindicated. Maybe some folks think I should not have let you know? I cover Marks & Spencer (MKS) and its problems before dealing with grossly overvalued Nyota (NYO) and its boardroom coup.

All That Super Yuletide Nosh Could Make Marks and Sparks a Tasty Punterooni.

Published 583 days ago

Hello Share Shufflers. I've been a bit wary of Marks and Sparks (MKS) on this scintillating website before now. But I'm beginning to change my mind. I still find its clothing range a bit bland. Though I'm, not a fashion expert, and maybe what I see as a bit bland is really exciting new fashion.

Tesco: the super tanker starts to turn

Published 653 days ago

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

Marks Profits Sparkle, But Are They Still Worth a Punt?

Published 793 days ago

I got rid of my Marks and Spencer (MKS) shares a few years ago now. They were among my slowest moving stocks of all time.

Marks and Sparks May Not Spark This Time, Either.

Published 844 days ago

Hello Share Mates: I only rarely consider punishing a share on this glittering website, but even I, occasionally, succumb to a negative frame of mind.

Some Super Shares to Choose in the Election Countdown.

Published 907 days ago

Hello Share Scramblers. The general election is creeping up on us like a fog around Dracula's castle. As a result we can expect some turbulent days for the old share prices.

Marks & Spencer– after the Christmas period, where now?

Published 926 days ago

When I had a look at the prospects for Marks & Spencer (MKS) last July - when the shares were trading at around 423p - I came to the conclusion that its shares could move well ahead, citing my subjective estimate of a possible potential extra one pound a share.

Sell Your Shares in the Rag Trade – It's Likely to Wear Out.

Published 926 days ago

Hello Share Shakers. Up-to-the minute research suggests that developing most cancers is a matter of bad luck, rather than lifestyle or diet.

Christmas Shopping – what can we learn from the High Street this year?

Published 943 days ago

Many, many years ago Granny Deputy Sheriff used to do very well on the stock market. Legend has it that she did particularly well out of biscuits and helicopters. She tended to make investment decisions not on the usual measures of P/E or EBIT or EBITDA – let alone the fundamantal analysis of company accounts. No, this was an investment style all of her own (at the time): it was based on life experience. It rather chimes with one of the themes of Peter Lynch’s ‘One Up On Wall Street’.

Marks and Sparks Soar by 9% - But I'm Not Buying 'Em Back.

Published 989 days ago

Hello Share Twiddlers. Marks and Sparks (MKS) is a traditional British share I bagged almost the first day I started trading shares. And that was at the time of the Big Bang in 1987.

Marks & Spencer interims – time to buy?

Published 989 days ago

Christmas has come early at Marks & Spencer (MKS) – or almost: “Joy to the world” and “God rest ye merry gentlemen.” As a long term bull of the long awaited Marks & Spencer recovery these figures are an unsurprising pleasure and the shares have rallied to 439p. The market has for long taken progress on the food side as a given; a section of the business that can look after itself. And so it proved once again food sales up 3.6% in the first half and a quarter of one percentage improvement in gross margins on food sales. 

Short positions table - to 16/10/2014

Published 1008 days ago

Following some positive feedback on the previous short positions table published on this website, the following shows shorts with a ‘position date’ in the current month which have been disclosed, as required, to the FCA. Investors holding these shares may thus want to check the current fundamentals. Companies in bold feature in the table more than once.

Tesco at 279p ‘cum’ a new finance director: a buy?

Published 1105 days ago

The news that Alan Stewart was to depart Marks & Spencer (MKS) as it Finance Director saw the next day’s M&S share price increase a little. In the case of Tesco (TSCO) the price was down 1%.  Stewart has a tough job to do at Tesco but as one might imagine, logically - and from his new Tesco pay packet - that he is up to the job.

Marks and Spencer at 426p ‘ex’ a finance director. What does it mean?

Published 1106 days ago

Two days ago I gave my opinion on Marks & Spencer (MKS) shares. Today its Finance Director announced that he is off to Tesco (TSCO). This is an understandable move for the man in question, Alan Stewart, and for Tesco where ‘every little helps’. Although, judging by Mr Stewart’s hefty salary increase to £750,000, plus a ‘golden hello’ worth a reported £1.73 million, his contribution is expected to be more than a little. 

Marks & Spencer – 20% upside in share price at 445p

Published 1153 days ago

Researcher Edison has published a non-commissioned report on retail giant Marks & Spencer (MKS) arguing that a recovery story is emerging. The report suggests this will be “evolution not revolution” – i.e. not rapid but suggests that the shares are undervalued at a 445p share price.

Buy Marks & Spencer: Gap Fill Failure Buy Signal Targets 440p

Published 1553 days ago

I am surprised that I have not been approached by private equity groups to launch a takeover of M&S at say no more than 600p a share to split up Middle England’s favourite retailer into a standalone grocer and a standalone fashion retailer. I am thinking a new Waitrose and a new Next (NXT). Presumably after this article on ShareProphets, Blackrock, CVC et al will be beating a path to my door.


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