Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 28 : 10-Oct-17
Rio Tinto ranks among the 20 Australian-listed stocks that are most frequently targeted by short sellers. Short positions now account for about nine per cent of Rio Tinto’s shares, compared with less than one per cent three years ago. The resources group’s shares have posted double-digit gains over the last seven weeks, which has coincided with a sharp fall in the iron ore price, and some analysts expect further weakness in the price of the steel input. Peter O’Connor of Shaw & Partners says arbitrage trading may have contributed to the rise in short selling activity, given the price gap between Rio’s Australian and UK shares.
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