short selling

  • News, short selling

    China Becomes More Free-Market Than Europe, Sort Of

    I guess it’s time for me to stop being amused when China does not-especially-Communist things, but still, I giggled a bit when I saw that China is liberalizing its short-selling rules at around the time that Western Europe is tightening its rules. Because freedom on the march, or whatever, though as David Keohane at FT […]

    / Jan 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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    SEC Emergency Short Sale Order Made Markets Worse

    The first study of the impact of the SEC’s July 15 emergency order restricting short selling in nineteen financial stocks shows that the order probably had a detrimental effect on markets. While the order was in effect, the bid-offer spreads in the protected stocks widened and the stocks became more correlated with broader market movements. […]

    / Aug 15, 2008 at 8:20 AM
  • SEC, short selling

    Probably Useless Short Selling Rule Expires Tomorrow

    The emergency measure meant to protect shares of 19 financial companies from abusive short-selling is set to expire tomorrow. The SEC has said that it will not extend the rule. Instead, it plans to propose a new rules on short-selling that will apply across all US equities markets. But that rule could be months in […]

    / Aug 11, 2008 at 3:36 PM
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    Shorts Crack The Code

    As it turns out, this story has nothing to do with some new quantitative net short hedge fund. Instead, it’s about actual shorts, like the kind you wear. Well, not the kind you wear but the kind some people with less sense than you wear. (via Doree)

    / Aug 1, 2008 at 9:01 AM
  • Regulators, short selling

    UK Regulators Still Hating On The Shorts

    You’d think that if we’ve learned anything from the past few waves of financial crisis, we’d have learned that shorts sellers play an important role in financial markets. Shorts can check otherwise unbridled financial enthusiasm, improve price discovery and have often pointed out accounting chicanery at powerful public companies. Shareholders and management are incentivized to […]

    / Jun 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM
  • Bond Insurers, politics, short selling

    Valentines Day Short Seller Massacre Plot Uncovered

    How bad must things be up in Armonk? It’s usually a sure sign of deep trouble when a company blames short-sellers or runs crying to lawmakers for protection. MBIA has announced plans to do both. It’s asking lawmakers to investigate or curtail “the unscrupulous and dangerous market manipulation activities of short sellers,” according to a […]

    / Feb 13, 2008 at 4:45 PM
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    Chanos: Private Equity Was On Crack

    Jim Chanos, the legendary hedge fund manager who shorted Enron when the company was flying high, is predicting a “huge spike in defaults” of leveraged loans, according to Reuters. “I don’t know what crack pipes these guys were smoking, but some of the valuations were absolute madness,” said Chanos, speaking to hundreds of investors, referring […]

    / Feb 8, 2008 at 4:15 PM
  • Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, short selling

    More Trouble In Stock-Loan Scheme Town

    Business Week’s Matthew Goldstein reports that federal investigators are nearing the end of their 18-month probe into the “murky world of stock lending,” and it looks like it’ll be employees from Wall Streets stock-loan desks who’ll be going down. The folks who’ve undergone the most scrutiny work for Bear Stearns, Janney Montgomery Scott, and Morgan […]

    / Jun 21, 2007 at 1:28 PM
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    Bulls get bolder, bears wait patiently

    This month, the number of shorted shares on the NYSE reached 3.1% of the total number of shares traded on the exchange. This is the highest percentage since 1931 (just to give you a sense of how long ago that is – in May of 1931 the Empire State Building had just finished construction). The […]

    / May 30, 2007 at 10:28 AM
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    Trouble In Stock-Loan Scheme Town

    Everyone knows that you’re nobody until somebody loves you stalks you slips a rohypnol in your drink accuses you and your kind of being criminals (it’s true). A “number” of people in Wall Street’s securities lending business may earn that kind of recognition in the very near future: Business Week’s Matthew Goldstein reports that federal […]

    / May 17, 2007 at 4:27 PM
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    Amaranth’s No Good, Very Bad Day Week Month Year

    FINalternatives said it best: “Just because you’re in the process of shutting down after losing $6.5 billion doesn’t mean the Feds will cut you a break when it comes to naked short-selling.” Amaranth Advisors has agreed to pay $716,819 to the SEC to settle charges that it shorted five stocks before their secondary offerings, and […]

    / May 9, 2007 at 3:03 PM
  • Overstock, Patrick Byrne, short selling

    Sleazey McSleaze Admits To Sleaziness

    You remember AntiSocialMedia.Net, right? No? Yeah, we were doing out best trying to forget it also. It’s the website hosting what the New York Post describes as “bitter attacks … on the message board critics, accusing them of participating to various degrees in a conspiracy to malign the anti-naked short selling movement that Overstock.com supports.” […]

    / Jan 12, 2007 at 4:02 PM
  • Gary Weiss, SEC, short selling

    Gary Weiss reads SEC Comment Letters So You Don’t Have To

    Gary Weiss, author of Wall Street Versus Americapoints out that today is the close of the comment period for the Securities and Exchange Commission rule proposal on “fails to deliver” securities—basically, the anti-naked short regulation. As he notes, the National Coalition Against Naked Short Selling—described by Weiss as an “”astroturf’(phony grassroots) group pushing the agenda […]

    / Sep 19, 2006 at 4:14 PM
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    NYSE Regulators Looking Into Short Selling

    Yesterday officials at the group which polices the New York Stock Exchange said they were investigating what may be improper short-selling prior to public stock offerings. Specifically, the NYSE Regulation officials pointed to the practice of selling short a stock prior to the offering and then covering with stock purchased in the offering. This practice […]

    / Jun 20, 2006 at 9:02 AM
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    Senate Short Selling Panel Pushed Back One Week

    From Gary Weiss we learn that the Senate Judiciary committee has pushed back its hearings on short-selling for a week. Maybe they took our advice to study up on the subject a bit more before launching headlong into what could have been a nightmare of gullible lawmakers getting duped by fast-talking (and possibly campaign fund […]

    / Jun 19, 2006 at 1:28 PM

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