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World markets  |  November 10, 2012 09:43:21

Speculators predict Britain bloody Christmas

Hedge funds speculate on "equity massacre" in the UK. List of large short positions should be disclosed under the new rules, dominate the British retail stocks.

List drawn up by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) provides the most comprehensive view of speculative bets on the decline. Is a consequence of the introduction of rules that came into force on 1 November.According to them, they must be all short positions of over 0.2% of the market capitalization of the company submitted to the regulator, ranking above 0.5% must even be published.

Hedgeoví managers are concerned that the new rules may thwart their business plans. European politicians are convinced that they are speculating on the cause of the decline of high volatility in the markets. Experts from London, home to more than 80% of European hedge funds, however, argue that short selling enhances market efficiency, plus new rules discriminate against independent funds because large investment companies may continue to maintain its activity shortsellingovou secret.

"Under the new rules, Portfolio Manager must disclose all too large net shortposition. Large investment companies but they can hide, they have departments that deal with long-term investment. Bets Long positions offset the decline, "complains Tim Steer, Portfolio manager hedge fund Artemis. Among the companies that can their short positions in this way to hide, such as Blackrock, JPMorgan Cazenove and Jupiter Asset Management.

And now to the point. What British shares previously secretive Portfolio Manager sold short?

  • Lansdowne Partners, one of the most famous hedge funds bet of L 163 million (0.63% of market value) to decrease Tesco. Next, the short position in the amount of L 159.8 million (2.51% of market value) at the WM Morrisons.

  • American Society GMT Capital shortovala 3.56% of market capitalization Carpetright. It is the third largest short position in relation to the size of the list, although it is only about 16.3 million pounds.

  • Barrington Wilshire sells short companies Mothercare 3.18% worth L 8.24 million.

What other companies got into disfavor speculators, investment can be found on the web

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