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Get shorty: top 20 bearish stock bets in Brexit Britain

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management has used Bloomberg data to find out which domestic stocks are being bet against as uncertainty reigns over the future relationship between the UK and EU

With Brexit almost upon us, companies' structural challenges have come under the spotlight.

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management has used Bloomberg data to find out which domestic stocks are being bet against as uncertainty reigns over the future relationship between the UK and EU.

A couple of business near the top of the list have been the subject of investigations in the last year, while others – such as Babcock – have been hit hard by Brexit.

We reveal the 20 most shorted stocks as a percentage of their equity in the first half March. 

 

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With Brexit almost upon us, companies' structural challenges have come under the spotlight.

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management has used Bloomberg data to find out which domestic stocks are being bet against as uncertainty reigns over the future relationship between the UK and EU.

A couple of business near the top of the list have been the subject of investigations in the last year, while others – such as Babcock – have been hit hard by Brexit.

We reveal the 20 most shorted stocks as a percentage of their equity in the first half March. 

 

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20. Just Eat

percentage of shares held short: 5.6%

Number of shares held short: 37.9 million

Nominal value: £290.6 million

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18= Mitie group

Percentage of shares held short: 5.9%

Number of shares held short: 21.5 million

Nominal value: £28.2 million

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18= ewRiver N

Percentage of shares held short: 5.9%

Number of shares held short: 17.9 million

Nominal value: £40.7 million

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17. Crest Nicholson

Percentage of shares held short: 6%

Number of shares held short: 15.4 million

Nominal value: £61.5 million

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16. Lancashire Holdings

Percentage of shares held short: 6.2%

Number of shares held short: 12.6 million

Nominal value: £83.5 million

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14= Royal Mail

Percentage of shares held short: 6.4%

Number of shares held short: 64.3 million

Nominal value: £176.4 million

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14= Intu Properties

Percentage of shares held short: 6.4%

Number of shares held short: 87.2 million

Nominal value: £98.6 million

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13. Babcock International

Percentage of shares held short: 6.5%

Number of shares held short: 32.8 million

Nominal value: £182.1 million

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11= Sirius Minerals

Percentage of shares held short: 7%

Number of shares held short: 333.9 million

Nominal value: £66.7 million

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11= John Wood Group

Percentage of shares held short: 7%

Number of shares held short: 47.5 million

Nominal value: £258.4 million

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10. Greencore Group

Percentage of shares held short: 7.1%

Number of shares held short: 31.6 million

Nominal value: £61.3 million

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8= Jupiter Fund Management

Percentage of shares held short: 7.8%

Number of shares held short: 35.8 million

Nominal value: £132.4 million

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8= Pets at Home

Percentage of shares held short: 7.8%

Number of shares held short: 39.2 million

Nominal value: £61.3 million

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7. AA

Percentage of shares held short: 9.2%

Number of shares held short: 56.3 million

Nominal value: £54.8 million

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6. Pearson

Percentage of shares held short: 9.2% shares held short: 9.4%

Number of shares held short: 73.1 million

Nominal value: £611.7 million

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5. Marks & Spencer

Percentage of shares held short: 9.2% 

Number of shares held short: 156.5 million

Nominal value: £430.7 million

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4. Anglo American

Percentage of shares held short: 9.2% 

Number of shares held short: 124.9 million

Nominal value: £2.5 billion

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3. Debenhams

Percentage of shares held short: 10.4%

Number of shares held short: 127.9 million

Nominal value: £3.8 million

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2. Metro Bank

Percentage of shares held short: 11.3%

Number of shares held short: 11 million

Nominal value: £107.4 million

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1. Ultra Electronics

Percentage of shares held short: 11.3%

Number of shares held short: 8.5 million

Nominal value: £108.8 million

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