The ten most-hated shares in the FTSE

These are London’s ten most-hated shares, judged by the percentage of stock being shorted.

These are London's ten most-hated shares, judged by the percentage of stock being shorted.

Short sellers aim to profit from falling stock prices, so it can be useful to see what they are betting against. The list is also a good indicator of stocks with the potential to bounce strongly on unexpected good news "short squeezes" occur when short sellers are forced out of their positions, which can send share prices surging.

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The supermarkets remain unpopular, while investors appear to consider Admiral fully valued. The other new entrant is Drax, representative of wider bearishness on electricity utilities as wholesale electricity prices fall and renewables subsidies are cut.

CompanyWhat it does% of stock being shorted% on 26 June
Wm MorrisonSupermarkets12.65%11.92%
J SainsburySupermarkets11.03%10.74%
Ashmore GroupEmerging-markets fund mgr8.99%7.85%
Tungsten Corp.Invoicing services8.85%6.57%
Hansteen HoldingsReal-estate investment trust8.62%7.94%
Admiral GroupMotor insurance8.48%New entry
Drax GroupPower generation7.69%New entry
WH SmithRetail7.70%8.66%
ElectrocomponentsElectronics distribution7.48%6.77%



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