Short Selling and the ‘Plus Tick’ Rule of Yore

The news of a potential trillion-dollar federal government solution to the credit crisis is the dominant news story of the day, but let’s not sell the other news short.

Pun intended.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it is temporarily banning the short selling of 799 financial stocks to “to protect the integrity and quality of the securities market and strengthen investor confidence.”


Chocolate Lovers Pained by Candy Changes

Cybele May, the founder of the candy review Web site Candy Blog, said that in recent years rising cocoa prices have led candy companies like Hershey’s — the maker of Take 5 and the top chocolate-seller in the U.S. — to replace cocoa butter with cheaper vegetable oils. The ingredients list for Take 5, for instance, now includes “palm, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil.”

“They just ruined that,” May said of the Take 5 bar…Read more on