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  • leeb6604 leeb6604 Sep 19, 2008 3:50 PM Flag


    I have never seen spreads that amount to around 5% of share price, an hour before market close, until today.......

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    • Okay, so ARTW appears to be an exception at the moment but I'm sure you guys have seen similar spreads today. Crazy. No one can really get a handle on just were the markets will end up next week!

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      • I've been thinking about naked shorting as a concept - and I have come to conclude the uptick rule reinstatement would not matter a whole lot. All it takes is a small buy order over your short to cause the whole thing to work out. Okay it's trickier, but institutional shorting have resources to do so.

        Here's what I think we should do - I think all naked shorting needs to come with a term, as with options. Margin calls just don't happen often enough for me to be satisfied with the current system. Given large credit reserves, positions are held for far too long.

        There would have to be some time-value of money (as with options) with some sort of limits. Maybe no more than a certain percentage of a company can be shorted, or some other rules. I don't have the whole thing thought out. My main concern is uptick was not enough. Nobody should be allowed to naked short forever.

        There just has to be capital behind it or the multipliers are too big.


    • I think it bodes well for longs over the next couple of weeks.......

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      • "The short-selling ban runs through Oct. 2 and could be extended by 10 days at the discretion of the SEC, but the order will not be extended for more than 30 calendar days in total, according to the commission."



        I sincerely hope some serious long term legislation is put in place to limit short selling on all securities. I really don't understand what short selling's crucial role is in the market is other than to expedite destruction.

        It could be used responsibly to accelerate the demise of the sick and wounded, but it sure seems like that power is being exploited pretty badly. Why do something hard like create growth when you can make the quick buck off destruction?

        It seems to me like the increase in short selling is just another extension of irresponsible short term "quick buck" thinking.

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