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Top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018

By Steve Moore | Friday 5 January 2018


Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.


We review the performance of the top shorted London-listed shares as at the start of each year. For 2017 that review is HERE and, from the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, we now have the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018...

With also around the 10% short position level, Pets at Home (PETS) and IQE plc (IQE) - respectively at 176.4p and 137p - warranting a mention, the top ten list is...

Net Short Position (%) Name of Share Issuer End 2017 Share Price (p)
16.39 CARILLION PLC 17.25
14.30 OCADO GROUP PLC 397.1
14.25 DEBENHAMS PLC 34.75
11.96 PREMIER OIL PLC 76.25
11.85 WM MORRISON SUPERMARKETS 219.9
11.23 TELIT COMMUNICATIONS PLC 150
11.00 SAINSBURY (J) PLC 241.4
10.95 MARKS & SPENCER GROUP PLC 314.8
10.70 PROVIDENT FINANCIAL PLC 898
10.39 AGGREKO PLC 799


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