5 Most Shorted UK Stocks

After success with outsourcer Carillion, hedge funds are currently looking for their next shorting opportunity. We check out the top positions

David Brenchley 9 February, 2018 | 7:46AM
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Thousands of shareholders were hit by the demise of construction company Carillion last month, but there were also plenty of investment winners too. Hedge funds had been taking negative positions on the stock ever since its bid to take over fellow outsourcer Balfour Beatty (BBY) collapsed in 2014 - betting on its failure.

By the time it filed for compulsory liquidation, Carillion was the most-shorted company in the UK, with around a quarter of its shares out on loan at the beginning of July. Profits on that trade were in the hundreds of millions.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Capita PLC48.52 GBP0.00
Carillion PLC14.20 GBP0.00
Henderson European Focus Trust Ord1,570.00 GBP0.00Rating
IQE PLC44.45 GBP0.00
Janus Henderson Absolute Return I Acc179.60 GBP-0.11
Marks & Spencer Group PLC183.70 GBP0.00Rating
Pets at Home Group PLC474.80 GBP0.00
Provident Financial PLC321.60 GBP0.00
Smith & Williamson Enterprise C1.53 GBP-0.27

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David Brenchley

David Brenchley  is a Reporter for Morningstar.co.uk