Total Australian short interest has been on an upward trend in 2017. Starting the year at $20.5 billion, overall short interest has increased by 30% and is now $26.6 billion. The largest Australian shorts are seen in chart one above
The most profitable shorts in 2017 in terms of daily mark-to-market profits are seen in chart two above.
And the least profitable shorts in 2017 in terms of daily mark-to-market profits are seen in chart three above.
As expected, the Australian sectors with the largest short interest are in mining & crude, banking and retail; seen in chart four above.
The most shorted stocks in these sectors are seen in charts five through nine above.
The sectors with the largest increase in short interest over the last month are seen in chart ten above.
The sectors with the largest decrease in short interest over the last month are seen in chart eleven above.
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