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London's most shorted shares

Find out which companies' shares are the most shorted in London right now
London's most shorted shares

It isn't a good sign if a company is being heavily shorted. Investors who short sell are betting against the success of the shares. Keeping up to date with London's most shorted stocks can therefore help investors avoid disasters.

​​​​​​​​​​​Every week, we publish a list of London’s most shorted shares, the number of disclosed short positions, and the movement in short interest over the past seven days.

5 BIGGEST SHORT INCREASES
CompanyShort InterestNo. Shorterschg wk to 26 Jan
Frontier Developments1.50%20.70%
NAKED WINES PLC4.60%60.60%
WIZZ AIR HOLDINGS PLC2.10%30.60%
HALFORDS GROUP PLC0.60%10.60%
VICTORIA PLC0.60%10.60%
5 BIGGEST SHORT DROPS
CompanyShort InterestNo. Shorterschg wk to 26 Jan
BARRATT DEVELOPMENTS PLC0.70%1-0.60%
CARD FACTORY PLC1.30%1-0.50%
J.D. WETHERSPOON PLC1.00%2-0.50%
SEVERN TRENT PLC0.50%1-0.50%
THG Holdings plc0.60%1-0.50%

source: FCA

scroll down for our list of London's top 40 most shorted shares 

Why does shorting matter?

"Short selling has a public relations problem," says Neil Wilson in this article which lays out the pros of the investment style. "Periodically banned throughout history, it’s often wheeled out as a contributing factor when a company’s shares tank, with short sellers blamed for exacerbating declines in a stock’s price, or in some cases causing it."

But short selling can be a force for good and investors who take note of short interest in companies can learn a lot about the outlook, as Algy Hall explains in this free article.

Carson Block has made his name (and his money) shorting the shares of fraudulent listed companies. Alongside his team at Muddy Waters, he investigates dubious companies and publishes detailed research notes exposing their faults.

 

Click here to listen to our interview with the famed short seller.

SHORTS
CompanyShort InterestNo. Shorterschg wk to 26 Jan
CINEWORLD GROUP8.8%60.4%
PETROPAVLOVSK PLC6.1%3-0.2%
HAMMERSON PLC6.0%6-0.2%
AO WORLD PLC ORD5.7%6-0.2%
NAKED WINES PLC4.6%60.6%
NETWORK INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS PLC4.4%40.0%
BOOHOO.COM PLC4.2%30.1%
Alphawave IP Group PLC4.2%40.0%
DOMINO'S PIZZA GROUP PLC4.1%60.0%
Currys plc4.0%40.1%
KINGFISHER PLC4.0%50.0%
SAINSBURY (J) PLC3.9%40.0%
INTL CONSOLIDATED AIRLINE-DI3.8%6-0.2%
ASHMORE GROUP PLC3.7%40.1%
Dialight PLC3.1%30.0%
TULLOW OIL PLC3.1%30.0%
ASOS PLC3.0%30.3%
Trainline PLC2.9%40.1%
Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc2.8%30.5%
GREENCORE GROUP PLC2.6%20.0%
METRO BANK PLC2.6%20.0%
WOOD GROUP (JOHN) PLC2.6%20.0%
HARGREAVES LANSDOWN PLC2.5%3-0.1%
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC2.3%30.5%
NATIONAL EXPRESS GROUP PLC2.3%20.1%
STRIX GROUP PLC2.2%20.1%
FD Technologies PLC2.2%20.1%
WIZZ AIR HOLDINGS PLC2.1%30.6%
VODAFONE GROUP PLC2.0%30.0%
MADE.COM GROUP PLC1.9%2-0.5%
VALIANT PETROLEUM PLC1.9%10.0%
SABRE INSURANCE GROUP PLC1.9%20.0%
abrdn plc1.9%30.5%
WEIR GROUP PLC/THE1.9%20.0%
SIG PLC1.8%20.0%
Devro plc1.7%10.0%
Burford Capital Limited1.7%20.0%
KEYWORDS STUDIOS PLC1.6%10.0%
Entain PLC1.6%20.0%
DE LA RUE PLC1.6%10.0%

source: FCA