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Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

11 Mar 2019, 13:50

http://invezz.com/news/equities/33983-R ... -operator-

Hedge funds have doubled their bets against Royal Mail Group (LON:RMG) in just over a month, The Telegraph has revealed. The move marks another blow for the privatised postal operator which lowered the upper end of its profit guidance in its latest update last month and warned that letter volumes would decline more than previously expected, with the update fuelling concerns over the group’s payout to shareholders.

Royal Mail’s share price fell in the previous session, giving up 0.89 percent to close at 254.70p, marginally underperforming the broader UK market, with the FTSE 250 index ending trading 0.71 percent lower at 19,047.67 points. The group’s shares have lost more than 54 percent of their value over the past year, as compared with about 4.6-percent fall in the Footsie.

Hedge funds bet against Royal Mail

The Telegraph reported yesterday that short-sellers had built up a £180-million short position in Royal Mail, forecasting that the mid-cap group’s shares will suffer another plunge. The newspaper notes that after hedge funds initially cashed out on the back of the postal operator’s woes, shorts have surged back to hit the highest level on the Financial Conduct Authority’s records. More than seven percent of shares in the privatised postal operator are out on loan to hedge funds hoping to profit from a drop in the shares.


Analysts on privatised postal operator


The 17 analysts offering 12-month price targets for Royal Mail for the Financial Times have a median target of 270.00p on the shares, with a high estimate of 410.00p and a low estimate of 180.00p. As of March 9, the consensus forecast amongst 18 polled investment analysts covering the postal operator has it that the company will underperform the market.

As of 08:06 GMT, Monday, 11 March, Royal Mail share price is 254.70p.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

11 Mar 2019, 17:50

Hope the greedy narcissistic bastards come unstuck.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

11 Mar 2019, 18:20

rubberbond wrote:Hope the greedy narcissistic bastards come unstuck.

to right , :Applause

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

11 Mar 2019, 18:32

honestly think that kinda dealing should not be allowed

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

11 Mar 2019, 19:17

I've been saying for months it's these shorting scumbags that have been having such a detrimental effect on the SP.

I really can't get my head around how this practice can be lawful, it should be treated as seriously as insider trading.

These large institutions who short a particular stock aren't ''betting'' on it falling... they know full well they have the ability and influence to manipulate the price down, especially when they operate in unison.

It's an utterly corrupt practice.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

11 Mar 2019, 19:45

rubberbond wrote:Hope the greedy narcissistic bastards come unstuck.



Unfortunately a great deal of the money they're playing with comes from pension funds.
If they come unstuck hedge fund managers might get a lower bonus, maybe only a couple of million.
They won't starve...but the pensioners might.

It isn't right, it's casino investment but the guys at the top aren't playing with their own money so they're practically bulletproof.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

12 Mar 2019, 22:53

Strange this re our trading position
thought last Christmas best in company history ???
said it many times of late
we appear to be leaderless and rudderless at present
worse than Brexit re nobody knows where were going/what action were taking re future
lot of six figure salaries being paid out -are the personnel receiving those salaries earning them ??
would appear not
shares/morale/injury/sick re the job - various depot walkouts, pension up in the air/not much happening re new scheme
not a lot going right/well at present is there
unhappy workforce wont turn it around even if most of us due care
but as stated above -always someone earning out of us -who nothing to do with day to day business of the company
we need some senior personnel to step up to the mark and do it NOW

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

13 Mar 2019, 23:08

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/242399 PETITION AGAINST SHORTING SHARES. SORRY DIDNT REALIZE JUST AIM SHARES.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

20 Mar 2019, 20:22

I thought Moya was bad, this CEO has done nothing but run RM into the ground.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

23 Mar 2019, 15:33

How is this legal?

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

23 Mar 2019, 15:51

hazzeem025 wrote:How is this legal?



First of all you need to realise that we don't live in a ''democracy'' and we don't have true free market capitalism, we have neo-liberalism, once you realise this it starts to make sense...

What we have is far closer to combination of a corporatocracy and an oligarchy, a society ran by and for the benefit of the banks, the financial institutions, the corporations and the wealthy elite.

The only vestige of ''democratic process'' that we have is getting to vote for which ever puppet of the above are going to be our political leaders.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

24 Mar 2019, 14:28

wacko74 wrote:
hazzeem025 wrote:How is this legal?



First of all you need to realise that we don't live in a ''democracy'' and we don't have true free market capitalism, we have neo-liberalism, once you realise this it starts to make sense...

What we have is far closer to combination of a corporatocracy and an oligarchy, a society ran by and for the benefit of the banks, the financial institutions, the corporations and the wealthy elite.

The only vestige of ''democratic process'' that we have is getting to vote for which ever puppet of the above are going to be our political leaders.


That's why Corbyn has had bags of s**t thrown at him. He won't or can't be bought.

Royal Mail share price: Hedge funds double bets against postal operator

09 Apr 2019, 12:32

borgpicard wrote:I thought Moya was bad, this CEO has done nothing but run RM into the ground.

As I understand it Moya had set targets for additional cost cutting and she planned to get additional payments based on these cuts for a few years AFTER she had left RM. I think some of these cuts were based on ideas like the delivery method trails (Bench merging!) Which we all knew as posties were impracticable but they tried it out and as predicted they failed.
Once Mr Black realised that the cuts she planned could not be acted upon he apparently had to let investors know that. From then on with the help of the shorters our share price has gone down the toilet.
That's not to say Mr Black is all sweetness & light with his 5.8 million tax free hello money. The cost cutting agenda still appears to be their priority with little work being done to attract more business or fix problems within the business.

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