Most shorted UK stocks revealed alongside most active short managers

News Team, 20/11/2020

Cineworld Group, the world's second-largest cinema chain, was the most shorted UK listed company, research has found. A large proportion of its stock, 9.51 percent, was held short by 10 investment firms, with Adelphi Capital LLP having the largest short position with 2.07 percent of the company’s shares.

The information comes from ETF provider GraniteShares, which provides products that can allow passive investors to get involved with shorting, such as inverse ETFs and single product inverse ETPs.

The firm found the next most shorted UK listed companies were Premier Oil PLC, Tullow Oil PLC, and Petrofac LTD, where the respective short positions were 9.14 percent, 8.87 percent and 8.42 percent.The table shows the largest ten short positions in companies that are listed and trading on London Stock Exchange.

Among the stocks tracked by GraniteShares ETPs, Vodafone Group ranks as number 13 in the most shorted stock league, with four fund managers holding short positions representing 4.43 percent of the outstanding stock.

In terms of which fund managers had the most short positions on UK listed companies, the analysis reveals BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited had the highest number with 23. This was followed by GLG Partners LP, AQR Capital Management LLC, Marshall Wace LLP and Citadel Europe LLP with 22, 13, 12 and 11 short positions respectively.

Will Rhind, Founder and CEO of GraniteShares, said: “Fuelled by a number of factors including the Coronavirus crisis and the US election, we have seen some of the highest levels of market volatility for years. Many sophisticated investors and traders have used this to try and generate returns from large shifts in the price of individual stocks.

“There is no sign that the heightened levels of volatility that we have seen this year will dissipate any time soon. Investors’ response to news is rapid, think of the price moves we saw on the back of the Pfizer vaccine announcement on 9 November. There are any number of potential catalysts for the next move up or down, whether it is an EU-UK trade deal, yes or no, the smoothness of the U.S. presidential transition, or potentially the impact of Tesla’s addition to the S&P 500 in December.

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