The technique of profiting from a price fall is called short-selling, otherwise known as “shorting,” “to go short” or simply “short.” Basically, short-selling is the reverse of how we’re traditionally taught to invest, to buy at the lowest possible price and sell at the highest. When shorting, you aim to jump in at a high and out at a low – with the sequence of events also in reverse, since you sell first and buy back afterwards. Indeed, as confusing as it sounds, this involves selling something that you don’t already own.

Each day we feature the top 10 shorted stocks on the ASX, compiled from data from ASIC. In the table below you will find the cumulative percentage of outstanding shorts for each stock. If you’re interested in more information about each company, further down we have 1-year share price charts, plus links to more charting and news. For the daily short sales (shorts for that day only, rather than cumulative outstanding shorts), please click here.

 

Company Code % of shorts
JB HI-FI   JBH  19.84
FAIRFAX   FXJ  16.49
ILUKA  ILU  14.14
MYER   MYR  13.39
PALADIN   PDN  13.10
DAVID JONES   DJS  11.54
FLIGHT CENTRE  FLT  11.06
METCASH   MTS  10.87
LYNAS  LYC  9.97
CSR   CSR  8.98

 

1. JB Hi Fi (JBH)

 

Stock code: JBH

Charts: JB Hi Fi Limited

More news: JB Hi Fi Limited

 

2. Fairfax (FXJ)

 

Stock code: FXJ

Charts: Fairfax Limited

More news: Fairfax Limited

 

3. Iluka (ILU)

 

Stock code: ILU

Charts: Iluka Resources Limited

More news: Iluka Resources Limited

 

4. Myer (MYR)

 

Stock code: MYR

Charts: Myer Limited

More news: Myer Limited 

 

5. Paladin (PDN)

 

Stock code: PDN

Charts: Paladin Limited

More news: Paladin Limited

 

6. David Jones (DJS)

 

Stock code: DJS

Charts: David Jones Limited

More news: David Jones Limited

 

7. Flight Centre (FLT)

 

Stock code: FLT

Charts: Flight Centre Limited

More news: Flight Centre Limited

 

8. Metcash (MTS)

 

Stock code: MTS

Charts: Metcash

More news: Metcash

 

9. Lynas (LYC)

 

Stock code: LYC

Charts: Lynas

More news: Lynas

 

10. CSR Ltd (CSR)

 

Stock code: CSR

Charts: CSR Ltd

More news: CSR Ltd

 

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Disclaimer: No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies contained in the matter published. Shorted positions sourced from ASIC, TheBull is not responsible for the accuracy of the data. Charts as at close of last full day’s trade. The publication of this data does not in any way constitute a recommendation on the part of TheBull.com.au. You should seek professional advice before making any investment decisions.