Friday, September 19, 2008

SEC Bans Short Selling of Financial Stocks

by Calculated Risk on 9/19/2008 01:58:00 AM

Here is the press release: SEC Halts Short Selling of Financial Stocks to Protect Investors and Markets

Here is the order from the SEC:

IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to our Section 12(k)(2) powers, all persons are prohibited from short selling3 any publicly traded securities of any Included Financial Firm.
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This Order shall be effective immediately and shall terminate at 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 2, 2008, unless further extended by the Commission.
The list is long - 799 financial companies - here is the first page:
AAME ATLANTIC AMERICAN CORP
AANB ABIGAIL ADAMS NATL BANCORP INC
ABBC ABINGTON BANCORP INC PA
ABCB AMERIS BANCORP
ABCW ANCHOR BANCORP WISCONSIN INC
ABK AMBAC FINANCIAL GROUP INC
ABNJ AMERICAN BANCORP OF NJ INC
ABVA ALLIANCE BANKSHARES CORP
ACAP AMERICAN PHYSICIANS CAPITAL INC
ACBA AMERICAN COMMUNITY BNCSHRS INC
ACE ACE LTD
ACFC ATLANTIC COAST FED CORP
ACGL ARCH CAPITAL GROUP LTD NEW
ADVNA ADVANTA CORP
ADVNB ADVANTA CORP
AEG AEGON N V
AEL AMERICAN EQUITY INVT LIFE HLDG C
AET AETNA INC NEW
AF ASTORIA FINANCIAL CORP
AFFM AFFIRMATIVE INSURANCE HLDGS INC
AFG AMERICAN FINANCIAL GROUP INC NEW
AFL A F L A C INC
AGII ARGO GROUP INTL HLDGS LTD
AGO ASSURED GUARANTY LTD
AGP AMERIGROUP CORP
AGX ARGAN INC
AHD ATLAS PIPELINE HOLDINGS L P
AHL ASPEN INSURANCE HOLDINGS LTD
AIB ALLIED IRISH BANKS PLC
AIG AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP