September 29, 2009 / 6:11 AM / 10 years ago

US firms oppose proposed short-selling rules -WSJ

Sept 29 (Reuters) - Vanguard Group Inc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) are among U.S. companies objecting to new rules to limit short selling that are under consideration by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Wall Street Journal reported, citing letters filed last week.

The objections come on the heels of an SEC request for comments on a proposal for reinstating a short-selling restriction called the “uptick” rule, where investors can only short a stock after it rose or ticked higher, the paper said.

Last month, the SEC sought comment on a revised approach to limit short selling, an investment strategy blamed by some lawmakers and company executives for worsening the financial crisis and driving down share prices. [ID:nN174026]

“We’ve always felt that short-sellers enhance liquidity and provide a positive impact on the marketplace,” the paper quoted Gus Sauter, chief investment officer at Vanguard, as saying.

Vanguard, Goldman Sachs, and the SEC were not available for comment. (Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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