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Reviewed: Performance of the most shorted London-listed shares as at the start of 2016

By Steve Moore | Friday 6 January 2017

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We recently showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2017. How did 2016's perform?

After a decent 2015 for the shorts, they failed to outperform last year (those in bold are also on the 2017 'top ten' list)...

Name of Share Issuer Share price (p)
at end of 2015
Share price (p)
at end of 2016
CARILLION PLC 302.9 235.8 -22%
SAINSBURY (J) PLC 258.8 249.7 -4%
OCADO GROUP PLC 304.1 263.8 -13%
ASHMORE GROUP PLC 256.4 283 10%
HOME RETAIL GROUP 99.55 171.5 72%
PETROFAC LTD 796 870.5 9%
NANOCO GROUP PLC 57.5 45.125 -22%
TULLOW OIL PLC 165.7 311.9 88%
DIALIGHT PLC 450 800 78%
ASOS PLC 3451 4960 44%
AGGREKO PLC 914 915 0%
ADMIRAL GROUP PLC 1659 1818 10%
MARSTON'S PLC 166.5 135.8 -18%
WH SMITH PLC 1769 1557 -12%
MITIE GROUP PLC 311 225.1 -28%
FTSE 100 6242.32 7142.83 14%
FTSE 250 17429.82 18077.27 4%
FTSE ALL-SHARE 3444.26 3873.22 12%


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