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Freddie Mac


has received a delisting notice from the

New York Stock Exchange

, according to a regulatory filing Friday.

The mortgage giant's average closing price over the past 30 days has been below $1 a share, one of the Big Board's criterion for delisting. The company's common and preferred shares are subject to delisting unless the company notifies the exchange of its plans to cure the deficiency by Dec. 2.

If the company chooses to attempt to address the problem, it would have six months from Nov. 17 to get its average share price above $1.

Freddie had 647.02 million shares outstanding, according to its most recent quarterly report.

Fellow government sponsored entity

Fannie Mae


received a similar notice Share holders of the two companies were essentially wiped out when the federal government placed them both in conservatorship in September.

Major banks like

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, which owned common and preferred shares in the two mortgage giants, were forced to write off billions of dollars worth of stock.

The government's next move will be to determine the next step for

Fannie and Freddie

. They could be converted into government agencies; continue as publicly held companies with restrictions to try and prevent another disaster; or be split along business lines, with the pieces sold off as new, private companies with no government backing.

Federal Reserve

Chairman Ben Bernanke last month said some form of federal backing of the two companies would probably be necessary.

This article was written by a staff member of