How to Spread Bet on AstraZeneca as Share Price Falls with City Index
LONDON, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
On Thursday morning [26 April 2012], David Brenna, chief executive of pharmaceutical
giant AstraZeneca, announced his retirement following investor discontent at the company’s
Below, we look at AstraZeneca’s recent decline and how investors could potentially
profit on falling share prices by spread betting with City Index
Another blow for AstraZeneca
As recently as March this year, AstraZeneca pulled the plug on a potential
anti-depressant drug, costing them GBP31m in losses.
Only last week, Brennan – who has worked at the helm of Astra for six years -
dismissed suggestions that investors were growing restless with the way he was managing
the business, with intentions of ousting him.
However, Brennan is now in the press stating that his decision to step down was
“totally” his own and that he had in fact been “considering it for a while”.
He further clarified: “It was time to give somebody the chance to take the company to
the next level. It was my decision.”
Following the news, shares in AstraZeneca closed down 6.14% at 2,676p as of London
market close on 26 April 2012.
How to Spread Bet on AstraZenaca Shares
With the share price falling; those spread betting are given the opportunity to
One of the benefits of spread betting means investors can gain exposure to a market’s
movements regardless of their direction; if you think a spread bet market
[http://www.cityindex.co.uk/spread-betting/spread-bet-markets.aspx ] is going to rise – you
go long and buy. Alternatively, you may think it is going to fall – so you go short and
Your profits will rise in line with any increase or decrease, respectively, in that
price – however, your losses will also increase if the market moves against your position.
Looking at AstraZenaca shares; say for example that it is 18 April. With recent bad
news – as seen above – from the company, investors may be looking to take a position on
the firm’s future share price movement.
They believe that there may be more bad news in the near future for the market, so
they choose to go short and sell.
In this example, the AstraZenaca Plc (LSE) DFT is selling at 2732.34 with City Index
An investor decides to short sell a spread bet of GBP10 per point.
On Thursday 26 April, it is announced that the chief executive of the company has
resigned – effective of June 1st.
As the investor had predicted, this makes for another blow to the company’s share
price and the market falls even further.
At this stage, the investor decides to cash in. The market has now fallen 15 points
from its original position, so they buy back at the new buy price of 2717.34.
Therefore, they profit GBP150 tax free* (2732.34-2717.34 x GBP10 = GBP150).
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