Once a week I like to look at ASIC’s short position report to find out which shares are being targeted by short sellers.
This is because I believe it is well worth keeping a close eye on short interest levels as high levels can sometimes be a sign that something isn’t quite right with a company.
With that in mind, here are the 10 most shorted shares on the ASX this week according to ASIC:
- Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) continues to be the most shorted ASX share after its short interest remained flat at 14.6%. Fears that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is derailing the travel market recovery continue to weigh on sentiment.
- Kogan.com Ltd (ASX: KGN) has seen its short interest ease again to 10.6%. Short sellers have been targeting this ecommerce company due to its very disappointing performance over the last 12 months and expectations that it will continue in FY 2022.
- Redbubble Ltd (ASX: RBL) has short interest of 9.9%, which is down week on week. Redbubble is another ecommerce company that has been underperforming in FY 2022. Short sellers don’t appear to believe its performance will improve quickly.
- Mesoblast limited (ASX: MSB) has short interest of 9.2%, which is up week on week. Earlier this month Novartis terminated an agreement that could have been worth US$1.25 billion to Mesoblast.
- Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) has seen its short interest rise to 9.1%. Zip’s shares have come under pressure this month amid reports that US regulators are looking into the BNPL market.
- Webjet Limited (ASX: WEB) has short interest of 8.8%, which is down week on week. The emergence of the Omicron variant has spooked investors and demonstrated that the travel market is not out of the COVID woods just yet.
- BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) has short interest of 8.3%, which is up week on week. Short sellers may have concerns about iron ore demand in China amid the Evergrande crisis.
- Polynovo Ltd (ASX: PNV) has seen its short interest rise to 7.5%. Short sellers have increased their positions despite the medical device company releasing a much-improved sales update this month.
- Appen Ltd (ASX: APX) has entered the top ten with short interest of 7.2%. This appears to have been driven by concerns over structural changes that are reportedly seeing some tech companies bypass artificial intelligence data services providers and taking things in-house.
- AMA Group Ltd (ASX: AMA) is in the top ten with short interest of 7.1%. This crash repair company’s shares have come under pressure this year amid concerns over its precarious balance sheet.
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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns and has recommended Appen Ltd, Kogan.com ltd, POLYNOVO FPO, and ZIPCOLTD FPO. The Motley Fool Australia owns and has recommended Appen Ltd and Kogan.com ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Flight Centre Travel Group Limited and Webjet Ltd. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.
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