The government is ordering Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to delist their stock from the New York Stock Exchange, but the move is motivated by the fact that both companies’ share prices often trade below the minimum $1 average closing price — not because any decision has been made about their future.

Although many analysts believe shares in Fannie and Freddie are worthless, they will continue to trade in the over-the-counter market, and both companies will continue to file reports on their financial results to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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