"In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission is set to propose banning short selling temporarily. It's not clear how broadly the ban might apply, but is expected to apply to financial stocks." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122177442732653979.html So basically you can short any stock as long as it isn't a company who's in bed with the government/Federal Reserve. Gee, that's not transparent or anything. Hooray for corporatism.