The Most Shorted Stocks on the FTSE

Updated August 2021: Cineworld remains at the top of the list but the top 10 has been reshuffled

James Gard 17 August, 2021 | 8:50AM
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With the UK stock market hitting new highs for the year in August and companies like Morrisons and Meggitt being bought out, it’s a tense time for someone who bets on company share prices falling. We’re taking another look at the most shorted stocks on the FTSE.

The list of the most shorted stocks, which is updated daily by the FCA, often gives an insight into what professional investors are thinking about particular sectors – and sometimes gives an early warning sign of a company in trouble. But coronavirus has made life even harder for short sellers, with some sectors falling out of favour (airlines, hotels, oil) but then posting strong gains as economies bounced back from the pandemic. As many of the UK’s listed companies are dependent on the consumer recovery continuing on track, any setback in terms of further national lockdowns or restrictions may throw up more opportunities for short sellers.

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James Gard  is content editor for Morningstar.co.uk