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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: 12 Feb 2018

Code Company Short Week Mvt Days to Cover
1 SYR Syrah Resources 20.24% -1.59% 26.5
2 IGO Independence Group 16.88% -0.17% 46.9
3 DMP Domino PIZZA Enterpr 16.45% +0.25% 10.6
4 JBH JB Hi-Fi Limited 14.25% +0.81% 12.7
5 HSO Healthscope Limited 14.1% +0.30% 26.8
6 RFG Retail Food Group 12.8% +0.16% 36.1
7 HT1 HT&E Limited 11.06% +0.11% 25.1
8 GXY Galaxy Resources 10.7% +0.79% 8.0
9 MYX Mayne Pharma Limited 10.33% +0.03% 34.8
10 FLT Flight Centre Travel 10.02% +0.29% 17.8
11 VOC Vocus Group Limited 9.97% +0.19% 29.6
12 MYR Myer Holdings Limited 9.62% +0.59% 14.3
13 AAD Ardent Leisure Group Ordinary/Units FP Stapled Securities 9.27% -0.20% 39.3
14 HVN Harvey Norman 9.24% +0.36% 37.9
15 AAC Australian Agricult 9.23% +0.25% 37.5
16 APO Apn Outdoor Group 8.82% -0.38% 25.3
17 TGR Tassal Group Limited 8.49% +0.22% 18.4
18 GXL Greencross Limited 8.3% -2.06% 19.8
19 MTS Metcash Limited 8.29% +0.34% 18.4
20 NWS News Corp Class B Voting Common Stock-Cdi 8.25% -0.78% 18.1
21 BAP Bapcor Limited 7.88% +0.09% 29.8
22 ORE Orocobre Limited 7.88% -0.21% 10.8
23 NXT NEXTDC Limited 7.84% +0.15% 12.0
24 PLS Pilbara Min Limited 7.56% -0.37% 7.6
25 QIN Quintis Limited 7.42% -0.10% 0.0
26 TPM TPG Telecom Limited 7.17% +0.06% 32.6
27 GMA Genworth Mortgage 7.08% +0.72% 7.6
28 BEN Bendigo and Adelaide 6.82% +0.52% 16.3
29 WSA Western Areas Limited 6.81% -0.44% 8.7
30 SHV Select Harvests 6.79% -0.43% 97.2
31 GTY Gateway Lifestyle Stapled Securities 6.65% +0.18% 37.5
32 NAN Nanosonics Limited 6.51% -0.25% 38.8
33 WEB Webjet Limited 6.25% -0.26% 13.0
34 KAR Karoon Gas Australia 6.18% +0.23% 47.0
35 AHG Automotive Holdings 6.01% -0.45% 21.0
36 ISD Isentia Group Limited 5.96% -0.04% 24.8
37 IMF IMF Bentham Limited 5.73% +0.01% 19.5
38 SEK Seek Limited 5.71% +0.23% 29.7
39 QUB QUBE Holdings Limited 5.63% +0.14% 47.2
40 RIO RIO Tinto Limited 5.44% +0.07% 11.7
41 JHC Japara Healthcare LT 5.39% -0.45% 14.8
42 CSR CSR Limited 5.32% -0.18% 14.2
43 CCP Credit Corp Group 5.29% +0.45% 7.1
44 NSR National Storage Stapled Security FP 5.17% +0.43% 14.9
45 BGA Bega Cheese Limited 5.16% +0.42% 23.7
46 WOW Woolworths Group Limited 4.99% +0.15% 30.7
47 LNG Liquefied Natural 4.9% +0.62% 28.1
48 PRY Primary Health Care 4.84% +0.13% 12.1
49 IRE Iress Limited 4.8% +0.10% 32.9
50 APT Afterpay Touch 4.78% +0.37% 10.7
51 IFL IOOF Holdings Limited 4.73% +0.11% 13.9
52 IVC Invocare Limited 4.71% +1.05% 14.7
53 SUL Super Ret Rep Limited 4.7% -0.12% 15.8
54 RSG Resolute Mining 4.69% +1.94% 5.0
55 RWC Reliance Worldwide 4.63% +0.16% 16.0
56 MND Monadelphous Group 4.63% +0.17% 10.2
57 ING Inghams Group 4.55% -0.11% 82.2
58 PPT Perpetual Limited 4.53% +0.23% 11.8
59 AX1 Accent Group Limited 4.48% +0.05% 73.0
60 IPD Impedimed Limited 4.45% -0.08% 29.1
61 CAB Cabcharge Australia 4.43% +0.01% 25.5
62 ABC Adelaide Brighton 4.31% -0.27% 18.2
63 OFX OFX Group Limited 4.19% -0.03% 24.2
64 A2M The a2 Milk Company 4.19% -0.06% 9.0
65 BWX BWX Limited 4.07% +0.42% 18.6
66 API Australian Pharm 4.03% +0.47% 11.1
67 BDR Beadell Resource Limited 4% +0.36% 11.2
68 MOC Mortgage Choice Limited 3.96% +0.37% 10.2
69 PMV Premier Investments 3.93% +0.16% 7.7
70 CQR Charter Hall Retail Units FP 3.91% -0.12% 15.4
71 MYO Myob Group Limited 3.86% +0.21% 11.5
72 COE Cooper Energy Limited 3.84% +0.20% 41.3
73 GSW Getswift Limited 3.81% 0.00% 0.0
74 ANN Ansell Limited 3.76% +0.31% 4.5
75 CTD Corp Travel Limited 3.73% +0.42% 10.1
76 AHY Asaleo Care Limited 3.73% -0.40% 15.0
77 GOR Gold Road Res Limited 3.66% 0.00% 15.7
78 SCP Sca Property Group Units FP Stapled Securities 3.61% -0.01% 10.8
79 BKL Blackmores Limited 3.59% 0.00% 14.6
80 PRU Perseus Mining Limited 3.56% -0.22% 6.1
81 GEM G8 Education Limited 3.49% +0.16% 9.9
82 SKI Spark Infrastructure Stapled $0.65 Loan Note and Unit US Prohib 3.45% -0.02% 13.8
83 CLH Collection House 3.43% +0.15% 50.5
84 VRT Virtus Health Limited 3.43% -0.01% 26.7
85 FXL Flexigroup Limited 3.41% +0.06% 62.3
86 FMG Fortescue Metals Group 3.39% -0.06% 5.5
87 VTG Vita Group Limited 3.37% +0.21% 21.8
88 SFR Sandfire Resources 3.35% -0.01% 6.2
89 CWN Crown Resorts Limited 3.35% -0.10% 18.8
90 FBU Fletcher Building Foreign Exempt NZX 3.33% +0.04% 8.7
91 DCN Dacian Gold Limited 3.29% +0.02% 20.7
92 SXY SENEX Energy Limited 3.21% +0.17% 20.6
93 MSB Mesoblast Limited 3.16% +0.14% 14.7
94 NEC Nine Entertainment 3.06% -0.02% 6.3
95 NVT Navitas Limited 2.98% +0.26% 12.4
96 SGM Sims Metal MGMT Limited 2.98% -0.08% 3.1
97 BIN Bingo Industries Limited 2.96% +0.03% 24.7
98 SDA Speedcast Int Limited 2.96% +0.11% 8.6
99 SIG Sigma Health Limited 2.94% +0.13% 35.5
100 SAR Saracen Mineral 2.93% +0.36% 3.9
101 RHC Ramsay Health Care 2.91% +0.03% 12.0
102 WHC Whitehaven Coal 2.89% -0.17% 4.2
103 MLX Metals X Limited 2.88% +0.92% 5.2
104 AYS Amaysim Aus Limited 2.82% +0.26% 3.4
105 JHX James Hardie Indust Chess Depositary Interests 1:1 2.77% +0.22% 13.3
106 VRL Village Roadshow Limited 2.69% +0.04% 74.6
107 WOR Worleyparsons Limited 2.59% +0.20% 7.3
108 CAT Catapult Group Int Limited 2.57% -0.05% 40.3
109 SCO Scott Pac Group Limited 2.56% +0.02% 22.5
110 OML Ooh!Media Limited 2.56% +0.11% 19.0
111 WGX Westgold Resources 2.56% +0.10% 18.1
112 EVN Evolution Mining Limited 2.53% +0.55% 5.5
113 BOQ Bank of Queensland 2.49% +0.43% 9.7
114 MRM Mmaoffshor 2.47% +0.07% 14.3
115 SLC Superloop Limited 2.41% -0.01% 23.3
116 SKC Skycity Ent Group Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 2.41% 0.00% 13.6
117 SHL Sonic Healthcare 2.35% +0.07% 6.3
118 ARB ARB Corporation 2.34% -0.15% 20.7
119 PTM Platinum Asset 2.26% 0.00% 17.1
120 TNE Technology One 2.26% +0.20% 3.4
121 APA APA Group Units FP Stapled Securities 2.25% +0.20% 13.5
122 BWP BWP Trust Ordinary Units FP 2.22% +0.15% 10.2
123 SBM ST Barbara Limited 2.19% +0.46% 3.4
124 DOW Downer Edi Limited 2.18% +0.43% 5.9
125 REG Regis Healthcare Limited 2.14% -0.07% 13.9
126 GNC Graincorp Limited Class A 2.09% +0.37% 3.0
127 TAH Tabcorp Holdings Limited 2.07% +0.06% 4.1
128 NST Northern Star 2.03% +0.17% 3.3
129 AEE Aura Energy 2.02% +0.02% 22.4
130 AGI Ainsworth Game Tech 2.01% +0.02% 108.9
131 GOZ Growthpoint Property Unit/ Stapled Securities 1.97% +0.06% 29.8
132 TGA Thorn Group Limited 1.97% +0.11% 12.1
133 BHP BHP Billiton Limited 1.97% +0.24% 8.1
134 CAR Carsales.com Limited 1.96% +0.33% 3.1
135 PGH Pact Group Holdings Limited 1.96% +0.01% 17.9
136 AOG Aveo Group Ordinary/Units FP Stapled Securities 1.94% +0.42% 2.4
137 CYB CYBG Plc Cdi 1:1 Foreign Exempt Lse 1.91% +0.25% 7.8
138 QBE QBE Insurance Group 1.91% +0.41% 7.8
139 BLA Blue Sky Limited 1.9% +0.42% 39.8
140 CSV CSG Limited 1.9% -0.15% 6.2
141 AMA AMA Group Limited 1.89% +0.05% 22.3
142 ORI Orica Limited 1.84% +0.54% 6.2
143 SEA Sundance Energy 1.83% -0.01% 7.7
144 VCX Vicinity Centres Ordinary/Units FP Stapled Securities 1.81% +0.21% 5.0
145 AMP AMP Limited 1.81% +0.20% 5.4
146 CGF Challenger Limited 1.8% +0.09% 2.8
147 AST Ausnet Services Limited 1.79% 0.00% 13.8
148 CCL Coca-Cola Amatil 1.76% +0.18% 6.3
149 BPT Beach Energy Limited 1.75% -0.17% 5.2
150 SKT Sky Network 1.75% 0.00% 67.3
151 SEH Sino Gas Energy 1.74% +0.09% 7.5
152 WES Wesfarmers Limited 1.74% +0.22% 12.4
153 SGR The Star Ent Group 1.74% +0.05% 4.9
154 SNZ Summerset Group Holdings Foreign Exempt NZX 1.74% 0.00% 89,335.0
155 NUF Nufarm Limited 1.71% +0.76% 6.8
156 MIN Mineral Resources 1.7% +0.50% 2.6
157 WTC Wisetech Global Limited 1.68% +0.32% 8.7
158 OZL OZ Minerals 1.67% +0.17% 2.5
159 NTC Netcomm Wireless 1.67% +0.04% 7.4
160 BLD Boral Limited 1.64% -0.12% 2.6
161 NHF Nib Holdings Limited 1.64% +0.01% 9.8
162 SWM Seven West Media Limited 1.62% +0.15% 7.6
163 MQA MACQ Atlas Roads Group Ordinary Stapled Securities 1.62% +0.72% 3.2
164 BAL Bellamy's Australia 1.6% -0.05% 3.4
165 WPL Woodside Petroleum 1.59% -0.33% 15.9
166 AWC Alumina Limited 1.59% +0.04% 3.6
167 CBA Commonwealth Bank 1.57% +0.38% 7.6
168 LYC Lynas Corporation 1.55% +0.20% 2.2
169 REA REA Group 1.54% +0.11% 6.7
170 ABP Abacus Property Group Units/ Stapled Securities 1.53% -0.09% 10.1
171 ARI Acn 004410833 Limited 1.51% 0.00% 0.0
172 STO Santos Limited 1.51% +0.10% 5.9
173 DLX Duluxgroup Limited 1.51% -0.03% 6.0
174 HFR Highfield Res Limited 1.51% 0.00% 36.0
175 BXB Brambles Limited 1.5% +0.13% 6.5
176 TCL Transurban Group Ordinary Shares/Units FP Triple Stapled 1.49% +0.17% 6.8
177 ASX ASX Limited 1.48% +0.01% 7.0
178 SPL Starpharma Holdings 1.48% +0.20% 26.6
179 FAR FAR Limited 1.48% +0.02% 45.2
180 IAG Insurance Australia 1.47% +0.61% 3.4
181 CMW Cromwell Prop Ordinary/Units FP Stapled Securities 1.43% -0.26% 8.3
182 MFG Magellan Fin Group Limited 1.42% +0.33% 3.7
183 PDN Paladin Energy Limited Deferred Settlement 1.42% -1.36% 0.0
184 IFN Infigen Energy Stapled Securities FP 1.41% -0.07% 5.6
185 WBC Westpac Banking Corp 1.38% +0.30% 11.0
186 MGR Mirvac Group Stapled Securities 1.36% -0.26% 3.2
187 BLKRA Blackham Resources Rights - Applications Close 12-Feb-2018 1.33% +1.33% 0.0
188 BBN Baby Bunting Group Limited 1.3% -0.02% 7.0
189 GPT GPT Group Stapled Securities FP 1.29% +0.09% 2.4
190 CPU Computershare Limited 1.25% +0.07% 2.6
191 AZJ Aurizon Holdings Limited 1.24% +0.01% 3.3
192 GWA GWA Group Limited 1.23% -0.04% 4.6
193 S32 SOUTH32 Limited 1.18% -0.09% 2.3
194 ALL Aristocrat Leisure 1.16% +0.32% 5.7
195 KYK KYCKR Limited 1.14% +0.02% 9.9
196 NUH Nuheara Limited 1.12% +0.06% 2.2
197 AFG Aust Finance Group 1.11% 0.00% 19.9
198 MGX Mount Gibson Iron 1.08% +0.03% 10.9
199 AGL AGL Energy Limited 1.07% +0.11% 2.2
200 DXS Dexus Units FP Stapled 1.07% +0.17% 3.4
201 TWE Treasury Wine Estate 1.05% +0.42% 2.9
202 DRM Doray Minerals Limited 1.05% -0.04% 0.9
203 LLC Lendlease Group Unit/ Stapled Securities 1.04% +0.17% 4.8
204 FXJ Fairfax Media Limited 1.04% +0.01% 2.3
205 BRU Buru Energy 1.03% -0.01% 9.4
206 IPH IPH Limited 1% -0.05% 0.7
207 SCG Scentre Group Stapled Securities 1% +0.32% 5.2
208 FWD Fleetwood Corp 0.98% -0.03% 5.7
209 TRY Troy Resources Limited 0.95% +0.05% 12.9
210 RRL Regis Resources 0.92% -0.04% 1.0
211 1PG 1-Page Limited 0.92% 0.00% 0.0
212 FNP Freedom Food Limited 0.92% 0.00% 59.7
213 TIL Trilogy Int Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 0.91% +0.91% 67.9
214 SFH Specialty Fashion 0.9% +0.01% 6.7
215 CLQ Clean TEQ Holdings Limited 0.9% -0.37% 2.6
216 ECX Eclipx Group Limited 0.89% +0.18% 2.4
217 SYD SYD Airport FP Stapled Securities US Prohibited 0.88% +0.13% 4.7
218 CAJ Capitol Health 0.87% +0.87% 11.4
219 ELD Elders Limited 0.86% -0.11% 3.4
220 SIV Silver Chef Limited 0.85% +0.02% 13.5
221 FBR Fastbrick Robotics 0.84% +0.16% 4.6
222 TME Trade Me Group Foreign Exempt NZX 0.82% +0.04% 9.3
223 INA Ingenia Group Units FP Stapled Securities 0.82% -0.01% 10.4
224 CWY Cleanaway Waste Limited 0.82% +0.14% 3.9
225 VVR Viva Energy REIT Stapled Securities 0.82% -0.02% 5.2
226 TLS Telstra Corporation 0.82% +0.36% 3.6
227 COH Cochlear Limited 0.82% +0.29% 2.0
228 ALQ Als Limited 0.79% 0.00% 1.5
229 ACX Aconex Limited 0.78% -0.28% 0.8
230 AWE AWE Limited 0.77% +0.15% 0.8
231 SXL STHN Cross Media 0.77% +0.10% 5.7
232 ANZ ANZ Banking Group Limited 0.76% +0.16% 5.6
233 KDR Kidman Resources Limited 0.76% -0.22% 1.3
234 MVF Monash Ivf Group Limited 0.76% +0.06% 0.9
235 ERA Energy Resources 'A' 0.76% -0.01% 17.1
236 NAB National Aust. Bank 0.74% +0.21% 4.0
237 ILU Iluka Resources 0.74% +0.21% 3.0
238 ASB Austal Limited 0.74% +0.03% 10.6
239 BVS Bravura Solution Limited 0.71% +0.03% 1.9
240 HSN Hansen Technologies 0.7% -0.12% 7.8
241 SPK Spark New Zealand Foreign Exempt NZX 0.7% -0.12% 15.5
242 BUD Buddy Platform Limited 0.7% 0.00% 0.0
243 ZEL Z Energy Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 0.69% 0.00% 1.5
244 GLL Galilee Energy Limited 0.68% 0.00% 3.0
245 SLR Silver Lake Resource 0.68% +0.23% 2.0
246 CGC Costa Group Holdings 0.67% -0.01% 2.0
247 LIT Lithium Australia NL 0.67% +0.06% 4.4
248 GUD G.U.D. Holdings 0.66% +0.07% 1.8
249 BTT BT Investment MNGMNT 0.66% -0.02% 2.7
250 AMC Amcor Limited 0.65% +0.23% 1.7
251 WFD Westfield Corp Stapled Securities 0.65% -0.11% 3.0
252 GMG Goodman Group Stapled Securities FP 0.64% -0.04% 1.4
253 MGC MG Unit Trust Ordinary Units FP 0.63% 0.00% 2.9
254 RMS Ramelius Resources 0.63% -0.06% 1.9
255 CNU Chorus Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 0.62% +0.11% 5.3
256 MTR Mantra Group Limited 0.62% +0.43% 0.6
257 CKF Collins Foods Limited 0.62% -0.15% 1.8
258 TRS The Reject Shop 0.62% -0.09% 3.6
259 SUN Suncorp Group Limited 0.61% +0.12% 1.5
260 IPL Incitec Pivot 0.61% +0.08% 3.1
261 EHE Estia Health Limited 0.61% -0.11% 2.0
262 TOX TOX Free Solutions 0.59% +0.02% 2.4
263 AQG Alacer Gold Corp Chess Depositary Interests 1:1 0.59% +0.02% 6.3
264 S2R S2 Resources 0.59% 0.00% 9.2
265 IEL Idp Education Limited 0.59% +0.06% 6.2
266 WPP WPP AUNZ Limited 0.57% +0.01% 47.2
267 CHC Charter Hall Group Stapled Securities US Prohibited 0.57% -0.28% 1.6
268 TEN TEN Network Holdings Limited 0.56% 0.00% 0.0
269 OSH Oil Search Limited 10 Toea 0.55% +0.06% 3.0
270 SLK Sealink Travel Group 0.54% +0.01% 14.5
271 XRO Xero Limited 0.53% +0.47% 1.2
272 BBG Billabong 0.52% +0.09% 2.3
273 CTX Caltex Australia 0.51% +0.09% 1.7
274 ASG Autosports Group Limited 0.51% 0.00% 96.7
275 AMD Arrow Minerals 0.5% +0.50% 0.7
276 ORA Orora Limited 0.5% +0.19% 1.4
277 CSL CSL Limited 0.49% +0.15% 2.1
278 EDE Eden INV Limited 0.47% 0.00% 6.0
279 SOL Soul Pattinson (W.H) 0.46% +0.09% 5.9
280 GBT GBST Holdings 0.45% +0.01% 2.9
281 CL1 Class Limited 0.45% +0.08% 2.1
282 LNK Link Admin HLDG 0.43% +0.21% 1.7
283 MPL Medibank Private Limited 0.43% +0.09% 1.2
284 YOW Yowie Group 0.42% +0.06% 0.2
285 BKW Brickworks Limited 0.41% +0.03% 3.0
286 LEP Ale Property Group Ordinary/Units FP Stapled Securities 0.41% +0.05% 15.2
287 POH Phosphagenics Limited 0.41% +0.01% 7.9
288 BSE Base Res Limited 0.41% 0.00% 7.5
289 ACR ACRUX Limited 0.4% 0.00% 1.3
290 CLW CHTR H LWR Stapled Securities 0.4% +0.10% 2.6
291 APX Appen Limited 0.39% 0.00% 0.9
292 EML EML Payments Limited 0.38% +0.06% 2.2
293 AMI Aurelia Metals Limited 0.38% -0.05% 1.7
294 MQG Macquarie Group Limited 0.38% +0.07% 1.9
295 ASL Ausdrill Limited 0.38% -0.07% 2.3
296 RCR RCR Tomlinson 0.37% +0.11% 1.9
297 KGN Kogan.com Limited 0.37% -0.04% 1.3
298 NCM Newcrest Mining 0.37% +0.11% 1.1
299 MNS Magnis Resource Limited 0.37% 0.00% 3.3
300 TAW Tawana Resources NL 0.36% +0.04% 0.8
301 PGC Paragon Care Limited 0.36% +0.36% 0.6
302 AJM Altura Mining Limited 0.36% -0.15% 1.0
303 JHG Janus Henderson Chess Depositary Interests 0.36% -0.05% 0.4
304 ARV Artemis Resources 0.34% +0.02% 0.4
305 SRX Sirtex Medical 0.34% -0.29% 0.5
306 VAH Virgin Aus HLDG Limited 0.33% 0.00% 90.4
307 INM Iron Mountain Incorp Cdi 1:1 Foreign Exempt NYSE 0.33% +0.12% 6.3
308 MOD MOD Resources Limited 0.33% +0.03% 6.2
309 UPD Updater Inc Chess Depositary Interests 25:1 Forus 0.32% +0.01% 4.3
310 SGP Stockland Units/ Stapled Securities 0.31% +0.11% 1.0
311 ISU Iselect Limited 0.31% +0.01% 2.3
312 MMS Mcmillan Shakespeare 0.31% 0.00% 1.6
313 CWP Cedar Woods Prop 0.3% 0.00% 11.6
314 KCN Kingsgate Consolid 0.3% -0.04% 1.4
315 FET Folkestone Edu Trust Units FP 0.29% +0.03% 0.8
316 CMD Cassius Mining Limited 0.29% 0.00% 15.9
317 EHL Emeco Holdings 0.29% -0.04% 2.5
318 RAP Resapp Health Limited 0.28% 0.00% 1.7
319 SDF Steadfast Group Limited 0.28% +0.02% 1.5
320 FPH Fisher & Paykel H Foreign Exempt NZX 0.27% +0.03% 4.2
321 RVR Red River Resources 0.27% -0.04% 0.6
322 TTM Titan Minerals 0.27% 0.00% 17.4
323 GTN GTN Limited 0.27% 0.00% 16.1
324 RFF Rural Funds Group Stapled Securities FP 0.26% +0.05% 4.1
325 EWC Energy World Corpor 0.26% +0.17% 7.4
326 HE8 Helios Energy Limited 0.26% +0.08% 1.8
327 SLX SILEX Systems 0.25% +0.04% 17.3
328 RIC Ridley Corporation 0.25% +0.01% 7.0
329 IDR Industria REIT Stapled Securities 0.25% 0.00% 3.0
330 ACO Aust Careers Network 0.25% 0.00% 0.0
331 ALU Altium Limited 0.25% +0.09% 0.7
332 BLK Blackham Resources 0.24% +0.11% 0.2
333 SVL Silver Mines Limited 0.23% +0.04% 0.8
334 RMD Resmed Inc Cdi 10:1 Foreign Exempt NYSE 0.23% +0.05% 1.3
335 ORG Origin Energy 0.22% +0.06% 0.7
336 PPH Pushpay Holdings Limited Foreign Exempt NZX 0.21% +0.07% 4.2
337 MUS Mustang Resources 0.21% 0.00% 0.1
338 AZZ Antares Energy Limited 0.21% +0.21% 0.0
339 DHG Domain Holdings Aus 0.2% +0.03% 1.4
340 AVN Aventus Retail Fund Ordinary Units FP 0.2% +0.01% 1.0
341 WHA Wattle Health Au Limited 0.2% +0.08% 0.4
342 BUB Bubs Aust Limited 0.2% +0.10% 0.5
343 BSL Bluescope Steel Limited 0.2% +0.08% 0.4
344 BIG BIG Un Limited 0.2% -0.19% 0.1
345 CAN Cann Group Limited 0.2% +0.01% 0.5
346 WGN Wagners HLD Company 0.19% +0.05% 0.9
347 MYS Mystate Limited 0.19% +0.14% 5.4
348 CDD Cardno Limited 0.19% +0.01% 3.6
349 AGO Atlas Iron Limited 0.18% +0.01% 0.6
350 BOE Boss Resources Limited 0.18% 0.00% 3.0
351 AUZ Australian Mines Limited 0.18% +0.15% 0.0
352 FLC Fluence Corporation 0.17% +0.01% 2.0
353 QAN Qantas Airways 0.17% +0.02% 0.5
354 NWSLV News Corp Class A Non-Voting Common Stock-Cdi 0.17% -0.07% 0.0
355 NMT Neometals Limited 0.17% -0.05% 2.0
356 ALK Alkane Resources Limited 0.17% +0.03% 1.6
357 CIP Centuria I REIT Ordinary Units FP 0.16% +0.02% 1.5
358 MLD Maca Limited 0.16% -0.01% 2.4
359 VLW Villa World Limited 0.15% 0.00% 1.0
360 PTL Pental Limited 0.15% +0.01% 4.8
361 HZN Horizon Oil Limited 0.14% +0.01% 3.4
362 SVW Seven Group Holdings 0.14% -0.05% 0.9
363 IOF Investa Office Fund Stapled Securities 0.13% +0.01% 0.8
364 CDV Cardinal Reso Limited 0.13% 0.00% 0.4
365 PMP PMP Limited 0.13% 0.00% 1.0
366 OGC Oceanagold Corp Chess Depositary Interest 1:1 0.13% -0.01% 1.7
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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