This is interesting. Naked Shorts are officially illegal as I understand it, but I guess because they are piling on the financials, Freddie/Fannie, must be a real problem. Not a good sign.
Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said on Tuesday that the regulator will try to limit so-called naked shorting of shares in Fannie Mae The SEC will issue an emergency order stating that all short sales of shares in these companies will be subject to a "pre-borrow" requirement, Cox explained. This will last for 30 days, he added. The SEC is also planning more rule-making focused on the broader market, Cox said. In a typical short sale, traders sell borrowed shares, hoping to buy them back at a lower price and return them to the lender. The difference is kept as profit. In naked shorting, a trader shorts a stock without first making necessary arrangements to borrow shares. That sometimes means the seller fails to deliver the stock to the buyer and the trade can't be settled, running afoul of securities laws