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Short Selling Ban Not Working

Financials led the rout on Monday even as more names were added to the list of stocks banned from short-selling.

Investors sent shares of Washington Mutual , Wachovia and Wells Fargo substantially lower despite news that the NYSE has banned short-selling of 30 additional stocks; all of whom have large financial services operations. (These stocks were in addition to those 799 stocks temporarily banned from short-selling that was issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.)

“A lot of investors were driven out of the market by the ban,” explains a clearly aggrevated Jon Najarian on Fast Money. “If the government is going to put in a ban on short-selling it needs to be for everyone. Otherwise you pretty much get a rigged game. It makes no sense to me at all!”

Options Action

Jon Najarian is clearly frustrated. But we couldn’t let him go without asking him about options action in the financials. It seems the only stock in the space that’s caught his eye was AIG . “That stock moved higher, spectacularly, for most of the day,” he says. Might be worth keeping an eye on it.

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> NYSE broadens Short Selling Ban




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