The Most Shorted Stocks on the FTSE

The UK regulator has banned short-selling on certain stocks amid the stock market turmoil as investors grapple with coronavirus. We look at the most-shorted stocks on the FTSE

James Gard 13 March, 2020 | 11:53AM

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The UK’s financial regulator has banned short-selling certain Europe stocks amid the extreme market turmoil seen this week.

The FCA’s one-day ban on shorting – effectively betting against a stock by borrowing shares then selling them with the hope of buying them again at a lower price – covers a raft of shares in the eye of the coronavirus storm, including Italian and Spanish banks. The decision has been made in tandem with other European regulators.

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