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ASX Short Sale Positions

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Background

The goal of this page is to better inform ASX investors of short selling in the market.

Although short position data does not provide tradable signals, a large increase or decrease in a company’s short positions can be an early indicator of changing investor sentiment. It can also be used to uncover what the “professional money” is doing.

To see how short selling allows investors to profit from a falling market, read the "What is Short Selling?" tutorial under the table.



Short Sale Data

Short sale data shows the amount of shares on issue currently reported as short sold.

The data is four trading days behind today's date as reporting isn’t mandatory until 9am (Sydney) three business days (T+3) post trade.

Since June 2010 the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has required all stockbrokers to report their total short sale positions daily. This information is released four business days (T+4) after the trade on ASIC’s website.

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) publishes a list of short sale transactions reported on the most recent trading day.

Open ASX Short Positions

Data: 06 Dec 2019

Code Company Short Week Mvt Days to Cover
1 KLA Kirkland Lake Gold Cdi 1:1 Foreign Exempt Xtse 20.85% +0.68% 187.4
2 GXY Galaxy Resources 17.42% +0.42% 36.8
3 SYR Syrah Resources 15.78% -0.25% 14.9
4 ORE Orocobre Limited 14% +0.09% 45.3
5 SDA Speedcast Int Limited 13.9% +0.71% 6.9
6 ING Inghams Group 12.64% +6.29% 8.7
7 GWA GWA Group Limited 12.18% -2.62% 83.9
8 JBH JB Hi-Fi Limited 11.84% +3.08% 38.5
9 NXT NEXTDC Limited 11.76% +0.15% 16.5
10 BGA Bega Cheese Limited 11.24% +0.76% 19.6
11 NEA Nearmap Limited 11.22% +0.80% 16.5
12 MIN Mineral Resources 10.94% +0.06% 21.2
13 WEB Webjet Limited 10.82% -0.10% 10.8
14 CGC Costa Group Holdings 10.79% +1.07% 18.5
15 DMP Domino PIZZA Enterpr 10.36% +0.16% 50.6
16 MTS Metcash Limited 10.27% +0.22% 17.3
17 BKL Blackmores Limited 10.25% 0.00% 58.8
18 HUB HUB24 Limited 9% -1.28% 19.2
19 IVC Invocare Limited 8.84% +0.07% 56.3
20 A2M The a2 Milk Company 8.8% -0.01% 13.9
21 RSG Resolute Mining 8.24% +0.62% 8.5
22 NCZ New Century Resource 8.21% +0.36% 58.1
23 SUL Super Ret Rep Limited 8.18% -0.02% 40.5
24 NUF Nufarm Limited 8.1% +0.43% 19.3
25 PPT Perpetual Limited 8.03% -1.85% 34.9
26 PLS Pilbara Min Limited 7.94% +0.18% 20.9
27 HVN Harvey Norman 7.63% -0.48% 42.0
28 CGF Challenger Limited 7.56% -0.05% 38.0
29 OML Ooh!Media Limited 7.34% -0.26% 13.1
30 BIN Bingo Industries Limited 7.33% -0.23% 24.7
31 MYR Myer Holdings Limited 7.05% +0.01% 84.6
32 CUV Clinuvel Pharmaceut 7.02% +0.12% 17.2
33 IFL IOOF Holdings Limited 6.96% -0.03% 21.1
34 BWX BWX Limited 6.79% -0.02% 40.3
35 RWC Reliance Worldwide 6.59% +0.06% 32.6
36 CTD Corp Travel Limited 6.55% +0.30% 22.6
37 DCN Dacian Gold Limited 6.38% -0.15% 11.1
38 SGM Sims Metal MGMT Limited 6.22% -0.08% 14.9
39 BOQ Bank of Queensland 5.94% +2.61% 7.8
40 COE Cooper Energy Limited 5.84% +0.32% 17.5
41 AMP AMP Limited 5.75% +0.33% 20.6
42 PNI Pinnacle Investment 5.65% +0.29% 35.8
43 SLR Silver Lake Resource 5.65% -0.03% 8.5
44 NEC Nine Entertainment 5.61% +0.38% 6.8
45 MYX Mayne Pharma Limited 5.58% +0.37% 36.7
46 GNC Graincorp Limited Class A 5.51% +0.34% 17.6
47 CLQ Clean TEQ Holdings Limited 5.47% -0.05% 51.1
48 CLH Collection House 5.45% -2.71% 25.9
49 WOR Worley Limited 5.39% +0.04% 26.4
50 RFF Rural Funds Group FP Units Stapled Securities 5.38% +0.03% 46.5
51 CMW Cromwell Prop FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 5.31% -0.21% 26.9
52 GMA Genworth Mortgage 5.11% -0.11% 44.7
53 MND Monadelphous Group 5.08% +1.33% 8.3
54 MSB Mesoblast Limited 4.98% +0.12% 16.6
55 BEN Bendigo and Adelaide 4.92% +0.53% 11.7
56 SXY SENEX Energy Limited 4.81% +0.26% 26.6
57 NWL Netwealth Group 4.81% -0.89% 39.8
58 FLT Flight Centre Travel 4.79% +0.21% 12.0
59 LNG Liquefied Natural 4.77% -0.46% 32.3
60 GOR Gold Road Res Limited 4.72% -0.01% 13.1
61 CSR CSR Limited 4.7% +0.14% 8.7
62 SKI Spark Infrastructure Stapled $0.65 Loan Note and Unit US Prohib 4.7% +0.12% 21.9
63 PGH Pact Group Holdings Limited 4.69% -0.08% 20.4
64 KGN Kogan.com Limited 4.66% -0.05% 16.2
65 HT1 HT&E Limited 4.65% +0.01% 54.7
66 MLX Metals X Limited 4.65% -0.47% 4.7
67 GUD G.U.D. Holdings 4.58% -0.20% 11.2
68 FMG Fortescue Metals Group 4.56% -0.15% 12.5
69 JIN Jumbo Interactive 4.43% +0.06% 6.4
70 BUB Bubs Aust Limited 4.4% +0.50% 5.8
71 RIO RIO Tinto Limited 4.22% +0.07% 15.5
72 PTM Platinum Asset 4.09% +0.03% 28.2
73 SEK Seek Limited 3.99% -0.01% 18.5
74 AWC Alumina Limited 3.83% -0.16% 13.9
75 JHG Janus Henderson Chess Depositary Interests 1:1 3.82% -0.38% 8.2
76 TNE Technology One 3.75% +0.57% 11.0
77 ALG Ardentleisuregrpltd 3.69% +0.04% 12.2
78 Z1P ZIP Co Limited 3.69% +0.01% 4.9
79 SPL Starpharma Holdings 3.63% +0.02% 13.4
80 LOV Lovisa Holdings Limited 3.62% +0.04% 29.5
81 SLC Superloop Limited 3.54% +0.24% 17.4
82 CVN Carnarvon Petroleum 3.53% +0.15% 20.7
83 ELD Elders Limited 3.47% +0.11% 13.7
84 WTC Wisetech Global Limited 3.39% -0.03% 15.3
85 TWE Treasury Wine Estate 3.34% -0.47% 4.7
86 EHL Emeco Holdings 3.33% +0.02% 16.1
87 GEM G8 Education Limited 3.33% -0.93% 5.7
88 EHE Estia Health Limited 3.3% -0.08% 6.3
89 RRL Regis Resources 3.29% -1.16% 6.8
90 BHP BHP Group Limited 3.19% -0.11% 22.3
91 CCL Coca-Cola Amatil 3.13% +1.80% 15.0
92 ARB ARB Corporation 3.09% -0.02% 19.2
93 BGL Bellevue Gold Limited 3.09% +0.03% 23.9
94 ALL Aristocrat Leisure 3.08% 0.00% 14.7
95 MRM Mmaoffshor 3.05% 0.00% 45.4
96 INR Ioneer Limited 3.05% +0.10% 26.7
97 ECX Eclipx Group Limited 3.03% +0.09% 6.9
98 SFR Sandfire Resources 2.99% -1.46% 5.1
99 NAN Nanosonics Limited 2.97% -0.30% 8.4
100 ALX Atlas Arteria Stap US Prohibited Excluding QUP 2.95% -0.79% 8.1
101 CCP Credit Corp Group 2.89% -1.27% 10.8
102 FNP Freedom Food Limited 2.86% +0.08% 35.7
103 NST Northern Star 2.85% +0.04% 5.5
104 PNC Pioneer Credit Limited 2.81% 0.00% 0.0
105 SWM Seven West Media Limited 2.81% +0.12% 25.6
106 DHG Domain Holdings Aus 2.8% -0.10% 15.7
107 PNV Polynovo Limited 2.75% +0.12% 6.5
108 WSA Western Areas Limited 2.71% +0.26% 2.7
109 SOL Soul Pattinson (W.H) 2.67% +0.20% 21.7
110 ILU Iluka Resources 2.63% -0.31% 8.9
111 API Australian Pharm 2.63% +0.11% 21.3
112 WAF West African Res Limited 2.59% +0.20% 13.9
113 ADI Apn Industria REIT FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 2.59% +1.64% 23.1
114 NWS News Corp Class B Voting Common Stock-Cdi 1:1 2.53% -0.20% 10.3
115 ABC Adelaide Brighton 2.5% -0.01% 12.9
116 SKC Skycity Ent Group Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 2.37% -0.01% 118.2
117 AAC Australian Agricult 2.37% -0.09% 48.9
118 WHC Whitehaven Coal 2.36% +0.65% 3.3
119 NSR National Storage FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 2.33% +0.87% 7.8
120 NHC New Hope Corporation 2.25% +0.10% 16.5
121 EXL Elixinol Global 2.22% +1.31% 1.2
122 ANN Ansell Limited 2.17% +0.04% 9.0
123 SNZ Summerset Group Holdings Foreign Exempt NZX 2.15% -1.26% 4,652.0
124 HLS Healius 2.09% +0.08% 6.5
125 MFG Magellan Fin Group Limited 2.04% -1.64% 5.2
126 LYC Lynas Corporation 1.99% -0.77% 3.4
127 GRR Grange Resources 1.98% -0.01% 29.4
128 JHC Japara Healthcare LT 1.97% +0.04% 7.8
129 SVW Seven Group Holdings 1.88% +0.03% 11.6
130 AVH Avita Medical Limited 1.87% +0.30% 3.2
131 IFN Infigen Energy FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 1.84% +0.01% 37.5
132 CWN Crown Resorts Limited 1.82% -0.51% 12.4
133 ADH Adairs Limited 1.82% -2.19% 2.5
134 IMF IMF Bentham Limited 1.8% -0.28% 5.1
135 FXL Flexigroup Limited 1.78% +0.01% 13.8
136 REA REA Group 1.77% +0.51% 13.3
137 RHC Ramsay Health Care 1.77% -0.19% 13.2
138 SAR Saracen Mineral 1.72% -0.87% 2.5
139 OZL OZ Minerals 1.71% -0.09% 3.5
140 CPU Computershare Limited 1.7% 0.00% 8.1
141 JHX James Hardie Indust Chess Depositary Interests 1:1 1.69% -0.06% 5.8
142 TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 1.68% -0.02% 7.5
143 JMS Jupiter Mines 1.67% -0.03% 8.5
144 BOT Botanix Pharma Limited 1.66% +0.01% 3.7
145 IPL Incitec Pivot 1.57% +0.27% 4.9
146 SBM ST Barbara Limited 1.55% -0.14% 2.3
147 OSH Oil Search Limited 10 Toea 1.55% +0.02% 6.6
148 TPM TPG Telecom Limited 1.52% +0.09% 22.6
149 PET Phoslock ENV Tec Limited 1.48% -0.17% 2.5
150 NCK Nick Scali Limited 1.48% -11.48% 6.1
151 CQR Charter Hall Retail Units FP 1.47% -0.85% 5.0
152 LNK Link Admin HLDG 1.44% +0.32% 2.7
153 ISX Isignthis Limited 1.44% 0.00% 0.0
154 S32 SOUTH32 Limited 1.43% -0.18% 3.6
155 APT Afterpay Limited 1.4% +0.47% 3.4
156 IPD Impedimed Limited 1.39% +0.01% 8.5
157 MGX Mount Gibson Iron 1.39% +0.02% 5.6
158 AMA AMA Group Limited 1.38% -0.19% 2.2
159 MP1 Megaport Limited 1.38% +0.17% 3.4
160 WGN Wagners HLD Company 1.38% +0.02% 17.3
161 AGL AGL Energy Limited 1.37% -0.12% 6.5
162 LLC Lendlease Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 1.36% -0.20% 3.3
163 DOW Downer Edi Limited 1.35% 0.00% 7.0
164 QAN Qantas Airways 1.28% -0.40% 2.9
165 GPT GPT Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 1.25% +0.73% 4.2
166 LIC Lifestyle Communit 1.23% -0.02% 27.2
167 MPL Medibank Private Limited 1.22% +0.29% 3.4
168 EVN Evolution Mining Limited 1.18% +0.03% 2.7
169 AJM Altura Mining Limited 1.16% +0.01% 17.7
170 BLA Blue Sky Limited 1.14% 0.00% 0.0
171 CAR Carsales.com Limited 1.12% -0.28% 3.6
172 CWY Cleanaway Waste Limited 1.1% +0.31% 3.0
173 MMS Mcmillan Shakespeare 1.07% +0.77% 1.5
174 C6C Copper Mountain Chess Depositary Interests 1:1 1.06% 0.00% 10.8
175 VUK Virgin Money Uk Plc Cdi 1:1 Foreign Exempt Lse 1.06% +0.03% 2.1
176 SIV SIV Capital Limited 1.05% 0.00% 15.7
177 CAN Cann Group Limited 1.05% -0.03% 1.8
178 ARQ ARQ Group Limited 1.04% -0.02% 15.8
179 BWP BWP Trust Ordinary Units FP 1.03% +0.31% 8.9
180 IRI Integrated Research 1.03% 0.00% 14.1
181 QUB QUBE Holdings Limited 1.02% +0.01% 6.8
182 EWC Energy World Corpor 1.02% 0.00% 68.0
183 BLD Boral Limited 1% +0.19% 1.6
184 NAB National Aust. Bank 1% +0.38% 3.6
185 BRG Breville Group Limited 1% +0.12% 7.7
186 VOC Vocus Group Limited 0.92% +0.01% 2.2
187 AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 0.91% -0.03% 2.8
188 OGC Oceanagold Corp Chess Depositary Interest 1:1 0.91% -0.01% 3.0
189 PRU Perseus Mining Limited 0.91% -0.13% 1.2
190 AMC Amcor Plc Cdi 1:1 Foreign Exempt NYSE 0.91% -0.06% 3.9
191 APX Appen Limited 0.9% +0.28% 1.6
192 LVT Livetiles Limited 0.89% 0.00% 6.1
193 VEA Viva Energy Group 0.89% -0.23% 3.8
194 BSL Bluescope Steel Limited 0.88% -0.28% 1.2
195 ALQ Als Limited 0.87% +0.41% 2.7
196 ORG Origin Energy 0.87% 0.00% 4.3
197 CTX Caltex Australia 0.81% -0.16% 2.0
198 CIM Cimic Group Limited 0.81% +0.08% 4.6
199 PME Pro Medicus Limited 0.81% +0.17% 1.6
200 FBR FBR Limited 0.8% +0.42% 3.4
201 EOF Ecofibre Limited 0.79% +0.24% 1.7
202 DXS Dexus FP Units Stapled Securities 0.78% +0.07% 2.3
203 AST Ausnet Services Limited 0.78% +0.06% 6.3
204 MOC Mortgage Choice Limited 0.76% 0.00% 10.7
205 SHL Sonic Healthcare 0.76% -0.08% 3.5
206 PDL Pendal Group Limited 0.76% -0.09% 2.6
207 CL1 Class Limited 0.75% +0.07% 3.4
208 WHA Wattle Health Au Limited 0.74% 0.00% 0.0
209 FAR FAR Limited 0.74% 0.00% 3.2
210 WOW Woolworths Group Limited 0.74% -0.02% 4.0
211 NCM Newcrest Mining 0.74% -0.12% 1.9
212 PPH Pushpay Holdings Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 0.74% -0.04% 3.7
213 SXL STHN Cross Media 0.73% -0.16% 3.5
214 RMS Ramelius Resources 0.73% -0.07% 1.6
215 BAP Bapcor Limited 0.72% -0.13% 1.8
216 IGO Independence Group 0.72% 0.00% 1.6
217 WPL Woodside Petroleum 0.71% -0.14% 4.2
218 CBA Commonwealth Bank 0.69% +0.12% 6.4
219 ISU Iselect Limited 0.69% 0.00% 93.1
220 SCP Sca Property Group FP Units Stapled Securities 0.68% -0.07% 2.4
221 TGR Tassal Group Limited 0.68% +0.07% 3.0
222 REG Regis Healthcare Limited 0.67% -0.27% 7.2
223 NHF Nib Holdings Limited 0.67% +0.03% 4.2
224 NVA Nova Minerals Limited 0.66% -0.12% 7.3
225 DRO Droneshield Limited 0.66% +0.07% 2.2
226 COL Coles Group 0.66% -0.25% 4.3
227 WBC Westpac Banking Corp 0.64% +0.04% 3.9
228 AMI Aurelia Metals Limited 0.63% +0.11% 2.9
229 HSN Hansen Technologies 0.63% -0.01% 2.7
230 SIG Sigma Health Limited 0.62% -0.01% 11.0
231 VRT Virtus Health Limited 0.62% +0.11% 1.8
232 SYD SYD Airport FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.62% +0.04% 3.3
233 ORI Orica Limited 0.61% +0.01% 2.1
234 ALU Altium Limited 0.6% +0.34% 1.8
235 IAG Insurance Australia 0.6% +0.15% 2.6
236 BLX Beacon Lighting Group 0.59% +0.09% 22.5
237 ANZ ANZ Banking Group Limited 0.58% +0.38% 3.2
238 BAL Bellamy's Australia 0.57% -0.08% 1.0
239 KAR Karoon Energy Limited 0.57% +0.11% 1.4
240 AQZ Alliance Aviation 0.57% +0.15% 8.9
241 STO Santos Limited 0.56% +0.14% 3.1
242 SGR The Star Ent Group 0.56% 0.00% 1.9
243 WES Wesfarmers Limited 0.55% -0.04% 2.4
244 IEL Idp Education Limited 0.55% -0.03% 3.0
245 MGR Mirvac Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.55% +0.11% 1.6
246 CMA Centuria Metro REIT Ordinary Units FP 0.54% +0.24% 2.0
247 SGP Stockland FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.54% -0.03% 2.2
248 ASX ASX Limited 0.54% +0.19% 3.5
249 IRE Iress Limited 0.54% +0.01% 2.2
250 FBU Fletcher Building Foreign Exempt NZX 0.54% -0.15% 5.2
251 A2B A2B Australia Limited 0.53% 0.00% 2.0
252 WGX Westgold Resources 0.53% -0.02% 1.6
253 SPK Spark New Zealand Foreign Exempt NZX 0.52% -0.44% 9.8
254 VHT Volpara Health Tech 0.52% -0.12% 3.8
255 AHY Asaleo Care Limited 0.52% -0.01% 13.5
256 QBE QBE Insurance Group 0.51% +0.04% 2.3
257 CIA Champion Iron Limited 0.51% +0.25% 2.8
258 AUB AUB Group Limited 0.51% +0.01% 1.9
259 COH Cochlear Limited 0.5% -0.15% 1.3
260 LPI Lithium PWR Int Limited 0.49% 0.00% 21.6
261 BUD Buddy Tech 0.49% -0.04% 2.7
262 ERA Energy Resources 'A' 0.49% 0.00% 13.9
263 CLW CHTR H LWR FP Units Stapled Securities 0.48% +0.01% 1.2
264 SGF SG Fleet Group Limited 0.47% +0.27% 5.8
265 PBH Pointsbet Holdings 0.47% +0.44% 0.8
266 AVN Aventus Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.46% +0.02% 7.0
267 DUB Dubber Corp Limited 0.45% +0.15% 2.0
268 TCL Transurban Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.45% +0.06% 3.4
269 ORA Orora Limited 0.45% -0.03% 1.5
270 ACR ACRUX Limited 0.4% 0.00% 17.6
271 GSW Getswift Limited 0.4% -0.02% 5.4
272 ASB Austal Limited 0.38% -0.03% 0.7
273 NWH NRW Holdings Limited 0.38% -1.08% 0.4
274 SPT Splitit 0.38% -0.12% 0.5
275 PGC Paragon Care Limited 0.38% +0.01% 5.2
276 VLT Vault Intelligence 0.37% +0.37% 0.9
277 ALK Alkane Resources Limited 0.37% -0.67% 1.1
278 PDN Paladin Energy Limited 0.37% +0.04% 3.2
279 SSM Service Stream 0.37% 0.00% 0.9
280 CQE Charter Hall Soc in Units FP 0.37% +0.03% 1.3
281 VCX Vicinity Centres FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.36% 0.00% 1.4
282 SCG Scentre Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.36% +0.05% 1.6
283 ARU Arafura Resource Limited 0.35% +0.03% 2.8
284 MLD Maca Limited 0.35% -0.06% 1.6
285 AGH Althea Group 0.35% +0.02% 1.5
286 BPT Beach Energy Limited 0.35% +0.11% 1.0
287 A40 Alitares 0.34% 0.00% 0.0
288 MNY MONEY3 Corporation 0.34% +0.12% 2.7
289 MSV Mitchell Services 0.34% +0.34% 9.6
290 MYS Mystate Limited 0.34% 0.00% 5.4
291 NIC Nickelmineslimited 0.33% +0.02% 2.3
292 OEL Otto Energy Limited 0.33% +0.09% 4.0
293 APA APA Group FP Units Stapled Securities 0.33% +0.05% 2.3
294 AD8 Audinategroupltd 0.32% +0.01% 0.8
295 RMD Resmed Inc Cdi 10:1 Foreign Exempt NYSE 0.32% -0.04% 2.3
296 GMG Goodman Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.32% 0.00% 1.4
297 ZEN Zenith Energy Limited 0.32% +0.32% 3.7
298 CLA Celsius Resource Limited 0.32% 0.00% 7.0
299 BVS Bravura Solution Limited 0.31% +0.06% 0.7
300 CGB Cann Global Limited 0.31% +0.01% 1.1
301 AGI Ainsworth Game Tech 0.31% 0.00% 11.6
302 SUN Suncorp Group Limited 0.31% -0.10% 1.6
303 EOS Electro Optic SYS 0.29% +0.04% 0.6
304 GCY Gascoyne Res Limited 0.28% 0.00% 0.0
305 ERF Elanoretl Property FP Units Stapled Securities 0.28% +0.28% 3.6
306 MQG Macquarie Group Limited 0.27% -0.04% 1.6
307 DDR Dicker Data Limited 0.27% -0.02% 1.7
308 SO4 Salt Lake Potash Limited 0.27% +0.02% 3.0
309 PAR Paradigm Bio 0.27% +0.06% 0.4
310 RVR Red River Resources 0.26% +0.03% 2.3
311 AOF Australian Unity Off Ordinary Units FP 0.25% +0.13% 2.0
312 EVT Event Hospitality 0.25% +0.25% 15.5
313 UWL Uniti Group Limited 0.25% +0.12% 1.2
314 PPS Praemium Limited 0.24% -0.01% 0.9
315 VVR Viva Energy REIT FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.24% +0.12% 1.6
316 URW Unibailrodawestfield Cdi 20:1 Foreign Exempt Xpar 0.24% -0.09% 1.9
317 S2R S2 Resources 0.24% 0.00% 10.2
318 XRO Xero Limited 0.23% -0.05% 0.6
319 CGL The Citadel Group 0.23% +0.04% 0.7
320 TYR Tyro Payments 0.23% +0.23% 0.2
321 CIP Centuria I REIT Ordinary Units FP 0.23% +0.18% 1.6
322 BKW Brickworks Limited 0.23% -0.01% 1.9
323 IAP Investec Aust Prop Ordinary Units FP 0.23% +0.05% 1.2
324 BDA Bod Australia 0.22% 0.00% 0.6
325 RDF Redflex Holdings 0.22% +0.22% 25.2
326 NGI Navigator Global Limited 0.22% 0.00% 3.1
327 VTG Vita Group Limited 0.22% 0.00% 2.2
328 WPP WPP AUNZ Limited 0.22% -0.01% 4.4
329 APE AP Eagers Limited 0.22% 0.00% 1.4
330 NZM NZME Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 0.21% 0.00% 9.3
331 BXB Brambles Limited 0.21% +0.06% 0.8
332 PRN Perenti Global Limited 0.21% -0.01% 0.6
333 CWP Cedar Woods Prop 0.21% +0.01% 2.2
334 AVZ AVZ Minerals Limited 0.2% -0.11% 1.3
335 BRU Buru Energy 0.2% 0.00% 4.1
336 CKF Collins Foods Limited 0.2% -0.03% 0.5
337 KSL Kina Securities Limited 0.2% +0.20% 0.8
338 AHF Aust Dairy Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.2% 0.00% 1.9
339 TLS Telstra Corporation 0.19% -0.06% 1.1
340 RCW Rightcrowd 0.19% +0.19% 55.1
341 AGY Argosy Minerals Limited 0.19% +0.02% 2.1
342 EVS Envirosuite Limited 0.18% 0.00% 0.9
343 JLG Johns LYNG Group 0.18% +0.18% 5.6
344 SVY Stavely Minerals Limited 0.18% +0.05% 0.9
345 MHJ Michael Hill Int 0.18% +0.02% 28.4
346 PNR Pantoro Limited 0.17% +0.02% 2.4
347 FPH Fisher & Paykel H Foreign Exempt NZX 0.16% +0.03% 3.3
348 EXP Experience Co Limited 0.16% +0.16% 0.8
349 IPH IPH Limited 0.16% +0.01% 0.5
350 MEB Medibio Limited 0.16% +0.01% 0.2
351 IMU Imugene Limited 0.16% -0.20% 0.2
352 DJRE SPDR DJ Global REIT ETF Units FP 0.16% +0.16% 0.0
353 HPI Hotel Property FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.16% -0.02% 0.3
354 KME Kip Mcgrath Edu.CNTR 0.15% +0.15% 4.6
355 AQG Alacer Gold Corp Chess Depositary Interests 1:1 0.14% -0.01% 0.2
356 RHP Rhipe Limited 0.14% +0.12% 1.1
357 VRL Village Roadshow Limited 0.14% +0.03% 6.0
358 STG Straker Translations 0.14% +0.14% 4.9
359 ATS Australis Oil & Gas 0.14% -0.06% 0.2
360 LEP Ale Property Group FP Ordinary/Units Stapled Securities 0.14% 0.00% 7.7
361 MOY Millennium Min Limited 0.14% 0.00% 0.0
362 IFM Infomedia Limited 0.14% 0.00% 1.0
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What is Short Selling?

Short selling is one of the most difficult concepts for novice investors to grasp.

The goal is to profit from a falling market by “borrowing” shares in a company to sell at the current market price, and buy those shares back at a later date after the price has fallen. The difference between the initial sell price and the later buyback price is the profit.

The easiest way to grasp the concept is to compare it with traditional share investment.

Long (Buy)

Going “long” is the traditional way of investing in the stock market; you profit when the share price goes up.

  • You believe a companies share price will rise
  • You buy shares at $40
  • The share price rises to $54
  • You sell the shares for a profit of $14 per share
Chart of a Long Buy

Short (Sell)

Going “short” is the opposite; you profit when the share price goes down.

  • You believe a companies share price will fall
  • You sell 1,000 "borrowed" shares at $58
  • The share price falls to $42
  • You buy 1,000 shares (to close the trade) at $42
  • You made a profit of $16 per share
Chart of a Short Sale

How can you sell shares you don’t own?

The most common way is called “Covered Short Selling” and it involves “borrowing” the shares from someone else (organised by your stockbroker).

To open a trade: You borrow shares and sell them at the current market price.

To close the trade: You buyback the same number of shares and return them to the original shareholder.

Another way is to “Naked Short Sell” and it involves a stockbroker placing a sell order on your behalf, even though you haven't borrowed any shares (hence the term "naked"). To close the trade you must buy back the exact number of shares that you originally sold.

Remember that everything is done on a computer. You’re not actually buying and selling a tangible asset; all that’s required is that the numbers in the regulator’s computer “even out” at the end.

Why would someone allow their stock to be short sold? Lenders can charge a borrowing fee which is passed on to the short seller. This is also why short sale positions tend to be shorter in investment duration than long trades.

Green TickShort Selling Advantages


1. Profit in a falling market

You can make money when share prices are falling.

2. Hedge your portfolio to reduce drawdown

A portfolio can be hedged with “short” positions to reduce drawdowns in down trending markets. Should the stock market turn negative, any profit made in the “short” trades will help counteract the losses made in the long trades.

Red CrossDisadvantages


1. Difficulty to participate

Few Australian stockbrokers have the ability to short sell and those that do often have many obstacles. Additional paperwork, collateral requirements, pre-authorisation per trade, higher fees and a minimum trade size of $50,000 may be set.

2. Risk is unlimited

With traditional share investment your risk is limited to the amount you spent on the initial purchase (a share price can’t go below zero). With short selling a trade isn’t closed until you buyback the original number of shares sold, so your risk is unlimited (there is not upper limit to how high a share price can go).

For example, in 2008 Volkswagen was involved in a massive short-squeeze.

Short sellers panicked because the share price was rising and they were losing money. To close their trades they needed to buyback the original number of shares they sold.

A "snowball" effect ensued with all short sellers trying to close their trades at the same time, driving the share price even higher.

The Volkswagen share price rose from €200 to over €1,000 in just over a month.

Short Squeeze Chart

3. Limited number of approved ASX companies to sell

There is a limited number of ASX companies that are allowed to be sold short. Leveraged equities publish a list of approved companies along with the collateral requirements.

Why is Short Selling Allowed?

Short selling provides liquidity and brings price efficiency into the market.

In 2008, ASIC placed stricter controls on covered short selling and banned naked short selling outright in an attempt to bring order to the market turmoil. Although it could easily be argued that the ban reduced fear and reduced the number of people “sitting on the sidelines”, studies have found that the consequence was higher volatility and decreased liquidity.

How to "Go Short" in Australia

Short selling ASX companies should only be conducted by experienced investors. You will need to shop around for a stockbroker who is able to facilitate short trades.

Alternatively, you can profit from a falling market by purchasing an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that specialises in short selling.

BetaShares Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund (BEAR) is an ETF that can be bought and sold just like ordinary shares with no extra paperwork, fees or obstacles. The fund short sells ASX SPI 200 futures contracts so that any fall in the S&P/ASX 200 index will result in an increase in the fund’s value. Therefore, the share price of BEAR ETF will rise if the stock market falls.

Using an ETF like the BEAR is a great way for the average investor to profit from, or protect against a fall in the overall Australian stock market.


Additional Links

Short Selling Regulatory Guide 196 (PDF) - ASIC’s detailed guide

Short Selling Reporting Obligations in Australia (PDF) - A law firm’s excellent summary