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Spain Follows Italy In Banning Short Selling

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Moments after we reported the announcement of the Italian short-selling ban we had a simple question:

We now have our answer, as Spain has jumped on the banwagonTM


And just because in Europe one has to constantly outdo everyone else, the Spanish short selling ban is on all stocks, not just financials.

Next up on the banwagon: everyone else, now that the stigma of admitting 2012 is precisely just like 2011 (as we have been warning since January 1 of this year) is gone. Expect the ultra short relief rally to be follow by new plunge to historic lows.



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Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:33 | 2642000 Squishi
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now they just need to ban Long buying and everything will be fixed. 

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:38 | 2642014 TruthInSunshine
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Bans on short selling will definitely resolve the arithmetic-based systemic problems holding the global economy and Broken-By-Bernank markets back.

Everything is fine. U.S. companies will do well. It's not like the EU is the largest economic block and base of consumption in the world or that it will filter through and adversely impact U.S. corporate earnings, or that China, Japan, South Korea, Canada or Australia won't be hampered further either.

I really don't think we needed to get to this point. If everyone had listened to Krugman, and had urged epicly indebted nations to borrow themselves out of their debt black holes, we'd be all good right now.

Paul Krugman gets no respect.

Eat your peas...and corn...bitchez.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:45 | 2642048 GetZeeGold
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Short selling is for the 1%........we can't have people making money on our stupidity.....even if they knew that was exactly what was going to happen.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:11 | 2642138 Stuck on Zero
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We mustn't have free markets, say the governments.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:12 | 2642141 Precious
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Called it here

Look out below.  The waterslide is open for business.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:17 | 2642378 Neezer
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"If you made money by shorting the stocks of our nation's top companies, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Government made that happen. My economic policy made that happen. It was my gutsy call that made you successful."

-Barry O'blama

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:38 | 2642020 new game
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ban the can

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:46 | 2642059 JackT
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no..just ban the humans, let the robots be free.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:07 | 2642124 GetZeeGold
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Calling Skynet right now.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:25 | 2642201 Chief_Illiniwek
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Robots are now "free"?  I'll take two!

What are your hours for pick-up?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:23 | 2642192 Monedas
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Smacks of manipulation !

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:33 | 2642001 SheepRevolution
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Long Suicidal Pills.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 11:05 | 2642597 A82EBA
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and fire extinguishers

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:34 | 2642005 Crisismode
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Where is the Euro short-selling ban?



Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:36 | 2642010 cossack55
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Go, plunge, go. But what about the PPT?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:38 | 2642012 Yellowhoard
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In less discussed news, the Spaniard males will now be forbidden to respond honestly when their wives ask them if their asses look big in some clothes.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:52 | 2642077 Dr. Engali
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In less discussed news, the Spaniard females will now be forbidden to respond honestly when their husbands ask them if their asses look big in some clothes.

There fixed it.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:38 | 2642019 XtraBullish
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CTRL-P is just around the will scream higher as soon as the Germans tell the world that they are collateralizing their bank debt with $5,000 gold.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:39 | 2642022 Temporalist
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Come on ZH I expect better than this hyperbole.  This is not a "ban"; this is merely a temporary restricting of undue freedoms by breaking previously held rules for the benefit of "optimists" and to the detriment of "doomers" who know next to little when compared to Herman Van Rompuy and Paul Krugman et al.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:42 | 2642040 Hype Alert
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They're just plugging a loophole.  [/sarc]

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:39 | 2642023 txsilverbug
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All they need is for Moochelle Obama to take another US tax payer funded trip to spain to stimulate their economy..


Problem solved..

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:29 | 2642218 TrainWreck1
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They are already broke, they don't need a famine on top of everything.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:39 | 2642024 q99x2
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Banksters asking for a rope.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:47 | 2642065 IToldYouSo
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Sir, I shall gladly and lovingly assist in their request AND I will help them wear it correctly :)

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:11 | 2642139 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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I have been practising the slip-knot and have some extra rope just for a situation like this.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:36 | 2642237 IToldYouSo
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thats useful, cos Ive been practicing the half hitch - so I can tie the rope to the lamp post, you can do the loopy bit on the end and we fight to see who puts it over their head :)

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:02 | 2642312 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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Your on!

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:07 | 2642334 Winston Churchill
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Find another knot.One that works with piano wire.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 11:23 | 2642678 CCanuck
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Sir, I would gladly pay you next Tuesday, for 50ft of Rope today.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:39 | 2642025 Hype Alert
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I guess it will never occur to them that market manipulation is what created this problem.  More of the same, they must be listening to Krugman and Stiglitz.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:40 | 2642027 goat
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Amreican citizenism is American

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:40 | 2642028 Dr. Engali
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How many times have they tried this now? Einstein was right when she said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:04 | 2642112 falak pema
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was Einstein on a multiple orgasm binge when SHE said that?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:55 | 2642557 jez
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Urban myth. There is no evidence that Einstein ever said this. Or that he was female.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:40 | 2642030 RobotTrader
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Better start banning short selling on gold, its about to get creamed

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:45 | 2642049 TruthInSunshine
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RoboTard, we need you to get highly bullish on your paper trade Nasdaq holdings. Really, really bullish...(paper) buying hand over fist.

This will confirm there's a Winners of the New World Death Cross in the making. After all, NASDAQ is the first and best to lead AND bleed.

Did you go all in long Kayak on Friday, bro?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:13 | 2642360 Hedgetard55
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CMG was his core holding.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:54 | 2642086 DoChenRollingBearing
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Well timed RobotTrader!  + 1  Au getting slaughtered as I write.

Even though I love gold, I have to admire your recent calls.

On the other hand, it may be a good time to load up on some more while gold is on sale.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:07 | 2642122 DoChenRollingBearing
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To be fair to my junker, gold is off only 1% or so, Europe (and Dow futures) are down some 2%.

Gold will be good, RobotTrader makes short-term calls that have been spooky-good recently.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:24 | 2642199 Quinvarius
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I don't think being short gold paper gold is wise.  There was a major sell signal a few months ago that did not result in any selling.  The signal was obviously painted, but it did happen.  It was a failed move.  Failed moves turn into fast moves, in the other direction. 

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:53 | 2642284 surf0766
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Only because those calls have been after the trend started. Timing is everything

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:08 | 2642126 Quinvarius
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Poor, obnoxious, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:40 | 2642031 JohnnyBriefcase
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I fucking love you guys.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:41 | 2642033 bnbdnb
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Yes, 10 foot dams in 50 foot water. That outta do it.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:41 | 2642037 buzzsaw99
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It would be funny if it made no perceptible difference. These are not the sellers you are looking for. [/obi wan]

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:42 | 2642042 rebelscum1967
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the link to this just appeared in the SA market currents scroll lmfao...welcome to fight club.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:43 | 2642046 ezcearhoc
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No sovereign country should be allowed to protect its own economy and people. Foreign speculative investors' profits should come first! What are these regulators thinking?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:49 | 2642070 lizzy36
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Well, it would appear that speculators are re-branded investors when the are coming from the long side. 

Let me disavow of the notion that regulators or politicians are protecting their economy or their people. They most certainly are not. The are reaching for another impotent solution, to appear to do something. Even if that something has been proven time and again, to be at best, absolutely useless. 

You think banning short selling is some how going to make banks or countries that have been insolvent for 3 years solvent?

Hey but maybe this time is different. 

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:05 | 2642116 nodhannum
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Can't wait for the Spanish and/or Italian ban on long buys on the upside, in the interest of protecting the "people" from those foreign speculators of course.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:21 | 2642185 GMadScientist
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Interesting world you live in where there are absolutely zero long specs in the market.

What were these "regulators" 2005, 2007, and 2008?

The time when Spain could have protected its economy and people is long past...pretending otherwise won't even delay the inevitable for long anymore.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:44 | 2642050 lizzy36
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After spending time with speculators i am able to report that they are the ROOT of all evil in the world. 

In related news guns don't kill people, COSTUMES do.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:17 | 2642163 GMadScientist
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Nice hoodie!

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:45 | 2642051 Meesohaawnee
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ruh roe raggy

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:45 | 2642053 mark7
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Spanish markets are under attack from Angloworld hedge funds, so this is a prudent action. This has nothing to do with "price discovery" or "market efficiency", this is pure speculation based all-out lynching financial mob going after Spain.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:50 | 2642074 Temporalist
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Wake the fuck up.  Central Banks discover prices these day much in the same way Columbus "discovered" the americas.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:55 | 2642088 Dr. Engali
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Maybe Spain should actually work on addressing the real problems instead of tilting at windmills.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:45 | 2642505 falak pema
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Yes they should take out Goldman Sachs. That would be a spanish goal mine that doesn't suck! 

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:00 | 2642099 bnbdnb
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So? Whats your point?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:12 | 2642140 Spastica Rex
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Poor Ethpaña.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:40 | 2642246 Temporalist
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Theeth are not thee shorths joo are lookeeng for..

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:41 | 2642491 falak pema
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They have Nadal; and they have the football team. So they'll survive. Nothing can happen to them before the next world cup in 2014 in Brazil. That is Oligarchy territory; lots of monney there! Protect your global assets. Coca Cola/Nike wll see to that! 

After that it'll be downhill and the world couldn't care less! 

Cabaleros hang in there for two more years! 

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:46 | 2642060 Meesohaawnee
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those evil speculators knockin crude.  Oh DTO lookin sweet..

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:46 | 2642061 john_connor
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Can't hedge, therefore sell everything.  will just reduce liquidity.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:47 | 2642062 firstdivision
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The ensuing precipitous drop will make one feel QEasy

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:48 | 2642063 Piranha
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Sweet, now you know everything is going to sell off

Same as 2011 but only worse this time

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:48 | 2642066 RobotTrader
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Crude oil getting crushed, everything getting thrown overboard.

The Epic Rally in "Paper" continues.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:53 | 2642082 Rainman
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cool.....deflation ban coming soon

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:14 | 2642153 Cleverbot
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Since you are talking about love so much who are you in love with.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:50 | 2642071 Meesohaawnee
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i give ya credit robo. you dont hide on days like this. yes crude crushed. DTO has done well in the past for me.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:50 | 2642072 nathan1234
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Caveat Emptor

Pieces of paper called share/depository certifcates whose value is decided by the banksters and central banks.

And a whole industry called Wall Street living of the pickings of such trades


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:00 | 2642102 falak pema
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Day of the Jackal. Good movie. Its coming again to France.

Day of the Wisigoth is next scheduled for Rome before it turns to day of the Vandal! 

Chacal (1973) - IMDb

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:52 | 2642076 Conman
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Oh how i missed those summers days of 11' . Those one sentence headlines give me the morning woody.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:52 | 2642078 Marty Rothbard
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Well of course they banned short selling!  If the market reflected true value, it would be a disaster!


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:08 | 2642127 mark7
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I'd bet you asslick your hedge fund overlords twice a day, four times on Sundays...

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:14 | 2642154 GMadScientist
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An expert on that, are ya?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:54 | 2642085 MRSAP
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Everytime the same stupid action

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:56 | 2642092 Meesohaawnee
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does that mean they  will ban vapor volume algo melt ups to?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:57 | 2642093 falak pema
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the Spaniards should short muni bonds in USA to spite the US oligarchs. Tit for Tat. 

Not that california tit is as juicy as that! Pretty hollowed out after Terminator spent all that money. 

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:15 | 2642159 Spastica Rex
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Jackals turning on each other makes for great entertainment.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:01 | 2642097 virgilcaine
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Note to Spain.. it's the Selling that will get you.  'Short' selling amounts to only 1/10th of all trades. This just re-enforces the Panic about to set in.  It's time to PANIC SAYS SPAIN>

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 08:59 | 2642098 GrinandBearit
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Everything is dust in the wind...

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:05 | 2642119 WmMcK
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But Spain is not ... Kansas, is it?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:09 | 2642129 GrinandBearit
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This shit makes Cambodia look like Kansas.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:16 | 2642161 TrainWreck1
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When in Spain, do as the Romans.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:11 | 2642137 slackrabbit
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because betting on the truth has never been popular..

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:13 | 2642147 GMadScientist
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Doh...they forget to ban selling selling.

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 12:32 | 2642956 Grand Supercycle
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SPX bearish weekly chart strengthens: an important development.

As mentioned on Friday, SPX downleg continues.

Useful SPX weekly chart at my blog.

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