- first financial Web site to offer free unrestricted daily stock lending data -

ADVFN is enabling its users to view the number of shares on loan for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 securities in CREST.

By visiting www.advfn.com, private investors can see how much of a particular stock is in CREST - the Central Securities Depository for the UK market and Irish equities -and how much of it has been lent. This information can help determine the extent of ‘shorting’[1] on a stock, making it invaluable to traders.

The data is available by clicking the ‘Crest’ tab on the ADVFN homepage. From here users can view a table containing a stock’s ISIN number, epic and security category and significantly columns showing the number of that stock on loan and the number in CREST. They are also able to see these figures analysed as a percentage so they can clearly distinguish and compare the degree of stock lending on FTSE 350 securities. The greater transparency afforded helps reveal the story behind the share price and potentially the implications of short positions on future prices.

Stock loan transactions can concern numerous different activities:

Short selling
Fails management
Dividend arbitrage
Equity financing

“Today’s private investors are not afraid to use different trading strategies and are confident in going both long and short. The ability to view data on short selling is invaluable for gaining insight into the inner workings of the stock market,” said Clem Chambers, CEO of ADVFN. “We are continually striving to level the playing field for the private investor and this is yet another significant step forward,” he continued.

This information will also be available when requesting a stock quote and users will also be able to view historical charts based on the loan data.


ADVFN (www.advfn.com) is the UK's number one stocks and shares Web site. With full real-time coverage of the London Stock Exchange, OFEX, NASDAQ, Amex and NYSE, including FTSE, Dow and S&P indices and futures and options data from EURONEXT-LIFFE, ADVFN provides professional quality information to the person on the street.

ADVFN was established in the last quarter of 1999 and floated on AIM in March 2000. It now has over 250,000 registered users who generate in excess of 35 million page impressions a month.

We currently cover the following areas in the UK and America:

· Free real-time prices from the London Stock Exchange


· EURONEXT – Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam






· Level 2 data

· Comprehensive fundamental data

· Streaming stock charts, historic and intraday

· Portfolios

· RNS and AFX news

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· Stock monitors and filters

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· Investor Relations Web site solutions

· PDA service

· SMS stock quote service

· ADVFN TALK – Inter-casting show

For further press information, please contact: Francesca De Franco on 020 7070 0932 E-mail francescad@advfn.com


[1] The selling of a security that the seller doesn’t own


Published on: 12:00AM on 14th January 2004