Article: SEC’s ban on short-selling Fannie, Freddie ends

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SEC’s ban on short-selling Fannie, Freddie ends

Marcy Gordon

New York Times, 13 August 2008

A government order expires Tuesday that temporarily banned a certain kind of short-selling of the stocks of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) and 17 large investment banks.

The companies’ shares have stabilized since the ban took effect July 21. The Securities and Exchange Commission says its order helped prevent stock manipulation, and that regulators will be able to analyze data to gauge its effectiveness. But some experts say that may be difficult to determine.

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