Speculators have been driving up the price of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac junior preferred stock, hoping that given the GSEs rapidly improving fortunes they could make a killing down the road. One hedge fund official told Inside The GSEs that Fannie junior preferred shares that had an original face value of $50 are trading in the secondary market for $8 to $9 a unit. Stock originally priced at $25 can be had for $5 and change. Fannie common stock is now trading at $2.20 per share compared to a 52-week low of just 9 cents. Fannie and Freddie recently reported record quarterly profits of $63 billion, a large chunk of it tied to the recapture of deferred tax assets. But on a pure operating basis minus the DTA their combined earnings are in the range of $12 billion, which is almost $50 billion annualized.