Short sellers bet against UK retail stocks amid income squeeze

Cineworld is the most shorted UK stock

Valeria Martinez
clock • 1 min read

UK retail businesses have been the most targeted by short-sellers as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies, analysis by GraniteShares on the most shorted UK companies has found.

Cineworld Group, the world's second-largest cinema chain, was the most shorted UK listed company. Some 8.2% of its stock was held short by five investment firms, with New Holland Capital holding the largest short position with 2.42% of the company's shares. ASOS PLC, Dixons Carphone and BOOHOO.com were the next most shorted UK listed businesses, with 7.2%, 6.4%, and 6.2% of their stock held short by eight, six and seven investment firms respectively. Other companies listed in the London Stock Exchange that made it into the ten most shorted UK stocks included B&Q owner Kingfisher (6%),...

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