SEC chairman Christopher Cox
"The emergency order temporarily banning short selling of financial stocks will restore equilibrium to markets," Cox promises.
But shares in banks, brokerages and insurance companies continue to plunge, losing a quarter of their value during the three weeks the mid-September order was effective. Some investors say the short ban hastened the flight of capital from stock and bond markets, by showing the government could intervene in markets in unexpected and troublesome ways. -- By Colin Barr, Fortune senior writer
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