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Short Sellers back in the stock market tomorrow.

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posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 12:43 PM
So the bailout is supposed to pull this market out of a rut, if you've been watching the markets there were some very gloomy days (today has been another at almost 300 down on the Dow. The thing is the short sellers haven't even been playing. What do you think will happen to the market tomorrow when the Shorts are back in play.

For any who don't know what a short is, here is an example - You make money by betting the stock will go down.

Sell 100 ABC Shares at 100 ($1000.00 gets deposited to your account)
ABC shares drop to $50 you buy 100 shares ($500 gets withdrawn from your account)

You made a profit of $500 betting the stock would go down.

IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION: Due to a recent Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Order, short selling on certain financial securities is not permitted from September 19, 2008 through October 2, 2008. This order went into effect on September 19, 2008 and was amended to include additional securities on September 21, 2008. The complete list of stocks which are unavailable for short selling can be found here (the "subject securities"). In conjunction with this order, any existing open orders to sell short these securities have been or will be cancelled.

REVISED: New Information for Options Customers: Due to the above SEC Order on short sales, opening new positions on "uncovered calls" in the subject securities will be permitted pursuant to the September 21, 2008 amendment which provides an exception for the creation of call options; provided, however, that only short sales as a result of assignment following exercise by the holder of the call will be permitted. Please note that exercising "long puts" on the subject securities is not permitted since an exercise of a long put would result in a short sale position. E*TRADE Securities reserves the right to close-out any uncovered options position that would result in a violation of this SEC order at any time at its discretion. Any adverse financial consequence of this transaction will be the full responsibility of the customer.

Again, please note that the above circumstances are a direct result of the above described SEC Order on short sales.

posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 12:46 PM
Oops sorry, I typo'd the number of stocks, it should have been 10 not 100 -

posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 01:34 PM
If I'm not mistaken, they've extended the ban on short sells. Don't quote me on that, because I cannot find the link from the other day that said they are going to continue the ban on that. It was on Yahoo finance.

Perhaps they decided to not continue the ban.

posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 01:39 PM
reply to post by sir_chancealot

I actually pulled the info from a brokerage website and I would think that they would have updated the info if it was to be extended? Perhaps they will extend it with the bailout plan. Funny coincidence huh.

posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 02:00 PM
I also heard that there was consideration of extending it. I don't know what became of it though.

I hate those SEC people. They are the ones who very nearly destroyed our Agricultural base with their policies of plowing down crops to keep food prices high in the 90's. Then they moved them all, lock stock and barrel to the SEC.

A pattern emerges.

posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 03:08 PM
Just checked on Marketwatch and found this articel regarding the extended ban on

Edited to fix link

[edit on 2-10-2008 by dredz]

posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 03:13 PM
Guys, with volatility like what we see, the whole system that supports the "simple" concept of short selling won't work and can wreak chaos on participants. I'm talking about stock loan and collaterals. And if the stock shoots up (like we saw recently) the better will be wiped out to the leveraged nature of the product.

I think it might have been a good idea to stop shorting for a while.

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