• Flight Centre is no longer the most shorted stock on the ASX, handing the title over to Betmakers
  • Betmakers share price has fallen more than 24% in the past month, while Flight Centre has rallied
  • Emerging lithium producer Sayona Mining has entered top 10 of most shorted ASX stocks

How does shorting work?

Shorting works by selling stocks you do not actually own in the hope of buying them back at a lower price. Investors are in effect betting they will fall.

Because shorting is restricted under Australian law, any substantial shorting of stocks is worth knowing about, even if you only trade long.

Stockhead has utilised the number of short positions as a percentage of total shares on issue. The most ASX shorted stocks all have 5% or more.

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Code Company Short positions Shares on issue % short positions
BET BETMAKERS TECH GROUP ORDINARY 141,074,948 939,337,520 15%
FLT FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL ORDINARY 29,235,675 200,092,794 15%
SQ2 BLOCK CDI 1:1 NYSE 4,510,793 37,158,772 12%
MP1 MEGAPORT LIMITED ORDINARY 18,429,927 158,165,115 12%
DMP DOMINO PIZZA ENTERPR ORDINARY 9,729,145 86,592,390 11%
PPT PERPETUAL LIMITED ORDINARY 6,332,841 57,308,133 11%
BRG BREVILLE GROUP LTD ORDINARY 12,832,941 142,781,365 9%
SYA SAYONA MINING LTD ORDINARY 742,999,281 8,314,112,641 9%
NAN NANOSONICS LIMITED ORDINARY 26,039,055 302,027,879 9%
TPW TEMPLE & WEBSTER LTD ORDINARY 9,919,243 120,893,504 8%
LKE LAKE RESOURCES ORDINARY 113,816,965 1,390,898,709 8%
ZIP ZIP CO LTD.. ORDINARY 57,063,868 705,679,653 8%
SBM ST BARBARA LIMITED ORDINARY 64,595,605 815,839,345 8%
MFG MAGELLAN FIN GRP LTD ORDINARY 13,820,644 183,222,796 8%
BRN BRAINCHIP LTD ORDINARY 119,414,095 1,719,362,144 7%
PNV POLYNOVO LIMITED ORDINARY 44,106,863 661,688,044 7%
AWC ALUMINA LIMITED ORDINARY 192,684,695 2,901,681,417 7%
KGN KOGAN.COM LTD ORDINARY 7,073,672 107,044,098 7%
APX APPEN LIMITED ORDINARY 8,059,894 123,446,356 7%
VUL VULCAN ENERGY ORDINARY 9,272,775 143,335,301 6%
CCX CITY CHIC COLLECTIVE ORDINARY 14,780,900 231,920,086 6%
IEL IDP EDUCATION LTD ORDINARY 17,490,700 278,336,211 6%
BGL BELLEVUE GOLD LTD ORDINARY 63,888,868 1,047,527,354 6%
EVN EVOLUTION MINING LTD ORDINARY 110,739,777 1,834,914,135 6%
PBH POINTSBET HOLDINGS ORDINARY 17,822,778 305,679,271 6%
BOQ BANK OF QUEENSLAND. ORDINARY 37,433,451 647,357,479 6%
NXT NEXTDC LIMITED ORDINARY 26,333,186 456,699,580 6%
WEB WEBJET LIMITED ORDINARY 21,802,802 380,851,484 6%
BLD BORAL LIMITED. ORDINARY 61,732,341 1,103,088,419 6%
JBH JB HI-FI LIMITED ORDINARY 6,047,345 109,333,981 6%
CHN CHALICE MINING LTD ORDINARY 20,426,577 376,297,194 5%
ADH ADAIRS LIMITED ORDINARY 9,174,103 171,316,433 5%
PDN PALADIN ENERGY LTD ORDINARY 158,846,485 2,979,370,830 5%
DEG DE GREY MINING ORDINARY 80,780,572 1,540,795,915 5%
GOR GOLD ROAD RES LTD ORDINARY 55,870,796 1,075,932,298 5%
PNI PINNACLE INVESTMENT ORDINARY 10,207,903 200,863,178 5%
ARB ARB CORPORATION. ORDINARY 4,161,885 81,971,722 5%
CGC COSTA GROUP HOLDINGS ORDINARY 23,542,062 464,546,466 5%
ING INGHAMS GROUP ORDINARY 18,554,935 371,679,601 5%
PME PRO MEDICUS LIMITED ORDINARY 5,178,824 104,432,253 5%
GUD G.U.D. HOLDINGS ORDINARY 6,895,966 140,894,696 5%
FFX FIREFINCH LTD ORDINARY 56,819,064 1,181,243,221 5%
29M 29METALS LIMITED ORDINARY 22,870,507 481,329,528 5%
UMG UNITED MALT GROUP ORDINARY 14,030,335 299,179,135 5%
MTS METCASH LIMITED ORDINARY 45,065,859 965,541,602 5%
CXO CORE LITHIUM ORDINARY 83,606,095 1,834,520,701 5%
RRL REGIS RESOURCES ORDINARY 33,406,913 755,025,925 4%
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Betmakers overtakes Flight Centre as most shorted stock

Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) has remained the most shorted stock on the ASX every month of 2022 so far. Short interest reached a high of ~18% in April, before heading back down to 15% in October. 

Adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, FLT and the travel sector have been recovering as Australia’s borders started to re-open both domestically and internationally.

The FLT share price has been lifting since the start of October and is up more than 13%, catching a rebound in travel stocks which was helped by Qantas (ASX:QAN).

Australia’s Flying Kangaroo said demand was strong and forecasted underlying profit before tax of between $1.2bn – $1.3bn in the H1 FY23, almost as much as the market was assuming they would make for the full year.

While still in the number two position with a substantial number of FLT’s shares being used to bet against it, the trophy for most shorted stock heading onto the ASX has been passed to Betmakers (ASX:BET).

BET operates a platform model providing the back-end technology for bookmakers primarily in horse racing. It recently released its Q1 FY23 results including $23.8m in cash receipts for the quarter, which is +13% versus the pcp.

The BET short position has jumped from 14% in October. Its share price has dropped more than 24% in the past month and it seems short sellers think it may keep going down.

FLT & BET share price today:


Block short position flat, despite strong results

Short sellers may be disappointed to see the share price of BNPL play Block Inc (ASX:SQ2) rally ~10% in the past month.

SQ2 is the third most shorted ASX stock with its short position remaining flat at 12% as we head into November.

The share price rally follows SQ2 reporting a 17% increase in total revenue for the September quarter to $4.5 million.

Subscription and services-based revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 increased by $496.7 million, or 71% and $1.3 billion, or 68%, compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively.

SQ2 said the increase was driven by revenue generated from the BNPL platform following the acquisition of Afterpay in the first quarter of 2022.

Sayona Mining enters top 10

Emerging lithium producer Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) has entered the top 10 of the most shorted stocks on the ASX.

SYA has seen its short position increase to 9% from 8% last month.  SYA recently announced it had further advanced the restart of production at its North American Lithium (NAL) operation with permitting applications and procurement both 96% complete.

NAL’s restart is on track for Q1 2023,  amid the intense growing demand for lithium.

Still on lithium and Core Lithium (ASX:CXO)  has found itself in the top 50 with its short position at 5%. CXO recently announced that its proposed deal to supply spodumene from its new Finniss mine in the Northern Territory to Elon Musk’s Tesla has fallen through.

Despite the news, the CXO share price has continued to rise and is up 32% in the past month.

And lithium developer Lake Resources (ASX:LKE) has seen its short position improve from 10% to 8%.

LKE has recently announced it had completed the construction of its Kachi project lithium processing demonstration plant.

The company said the wet and dry commissioning process took place during September and October.

The LKE share price has risen more than 11% in the past month.

SYA, LKE & CXO share price today:


Short position of Nanosonics rises

Infection prevention company and Morgans senior analyst Scott Power’s most recent stock of the week Nanosonics (ASX:NAN) has seen its short position increase to 9%.

NAN has been a target of short sellers throughout 2022 with the company changing its business model in the key US market.

However, Morgans have upgraded the stock from a Hold to an Add and slightly increased their 12-month target price to $4.91.

NAN has its AGM on November 18 and Morgans expects management to reconfirm strong guidance provided at the FY22 results in August.

The Nanosonics share price has rallied 23% in the past month.

Meanwhile, several other ASX health stocks continue to be targeted by short sellers including  Polynovo (ASX:PNV), and Clinuvel  Pharmaceutical (ASX:CUV).