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SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro recently said of the hundreds of letters she’s received since taking the helm in January, those on short selling easily top the list.

The commission is currently seeking comment on whether short sale price restrictions or circuit breaker restrictions should be imposed and whether such measures would help promote market stability and restore investor confidence. Short selling is generally defined as selling securities that an investor does not own or has borrowed and attempting to purchase replacements at a lower price. The SEC said short selling is used to profit from an expected downward price movement or to provide liquidity in response to unanticipated demand.

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