Three European Countries Extend Short Curbs

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France, Italy and Spain extended their temporary bans of short-selling financial stocks as the investors worried about similar action by the continent’s largest country.

The ban was first imposed two weeks ago as part of an effort to stabilize market volatility and could last until November 11.   Italian and Spanish regulators extended their restrictions through the end of September.

Belgium’s ban, introduced at the same time as those of France, Italy and Spain, is indefinite. Greece has also restricted short sales.

Despite the bans, volatility spiked in European trading late last week, mostly due to fears that Germany would impose a similar ban.    Market watchers suggested that investors were shorting Germany’s DAX index out of a fear that their time to do so was short.

Germany’s market regulator stated that it was not planning any changes of the short-selling rules which are already in place.

Anna Timone (195 Posts)


  1. Sad Ny Trader says:

    Anna, i notice your posting are rare and they are usually regarding the laws and legal matters effecting financial markets. Are you by profession in the field of legal services in financial industry and PS: you are cute.

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