The SEC has again used its emergency authority under Section 12(k)(2) to extend the ban on practices designed to restrict naked short selling. Specifically, the order extended the requirement that short sellers deliver securities on the settlement date and the prohibition on false statements by short sellers about their broker-dealers deliver securities by the settlement date. The justification for the emergency authority?
- We have carefully reevaluated the current state of the markets and we remain concerned about the potential of sudden and excessive fluctuations of securities prices generally and disruption in the functioning of the securities markets that could threaten fair and orderly markets. We intend the enhanced delivery requirements (temporary Rule 204T and elimination of the options market maker exception) imposed by the Order and the “naked” short selling antifraud rule to provide powerful disincentives to those who might otherwise exacerbate artificial price movements through “naked” short selling. Thus, we have determined in this environment that the standards under Section 12(k)(2) for extending the Order have been met. Accordingly, we have determined that extending the Order is in the public interest and necessary to maintain fair and orderly securities markets and for the protection of investors.