WASHINGTON — Though the Treasury Department quickly approved scores of institutions' requests for capital injections, many others seeking a share of the government funds have been waiting weeks for an answer, and their investors are getting nervous.

E-Trade Financial Corp. is the most notable among the 19 publicly traded firms that have been waiting at least two weeks for responses to requests to participate in the Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program. Since filing its application Nov. 7, the share price of the online brokerage, which has $47 billion of thrift assets, has fallen more than 45%, to 94 cents a share Thursday.

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