March 12, 1989 |
When a stranger calls on the telephone offering a hot tip on the next IBM, amazing numbers of people just can't resist the urge to blindly invest a few hundred dollars--or a few thousand. Joseph I.
March 20, 1989
Giancarlo Parretti is working overtime to become a bona fide Hollywood movie mogul. But the Italian's buying binge so far has been limited to independent producers such as Cannon Group and New World Entertainment. What happened to his intention, proclaimed a few months ago, to buy a major--MGM/UA Communications? Smiling at the question in a recent interview, Parretti said MGM/UA controlling stockholder Kirk Kerkorian is "a good friend and I respect him."
September 8, 2008 |
The government's groundbreaking move Sunday to take control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could give a much-needed boost to the housing market and the stock market as well. But the development is bad news for anyone who owns stock -- common or preferred -- in the mortgage finance giants. On the positive side, the federal intervention is likely to bolster confidence in the financial system in general and in the debt of Fannie and Freddie in particular. That would help to lower mortgage interest rates, reducing costs for home buyers and making it easier to qualify for a home loan.
September 7, 2000 |
Two Southern California residents were among 33 companies and individuals accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday of fraudulently using the Internet to make more than $10 million in illegal profits by driving up the prices of more than 70 small stocks. SEC officials said this latest round of 11 civil fraud lawsuits seeks to curb increasing use of Internet chat rooms, Web sites, and e-mail messages to try to hype small, thinly traded stocks for a profit.
September 21, 2000 |
A New Jersey teenager has agreed to repay $285,000 that stock regulators said he made when he was 14 by manipulating stocks via the Internet. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that Jonathan G. Lebed bought large blocks of penny stocks, hyped them on financial message boards and then dumped his shares after the price rose.
August 9, 1999 |
Three weeks of devastating losses have demoralized even some of the hardiest players in the Internet stock arena--from share-option-laden Silicon Valley workers to Middle American day traders to veteran Wall Street money managers. With that backdrop, this week may bring the biggest test yet for the Net stocks mania that has kept investors transfixed for much of the last year.
November 23, 1989
An Orange County Superior Court judge has temporarily frozen the California assets of Blinder, Robinson & Co., a penny stock brokerage that has been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. The temporary restraining order was requested by Newport Beach attorney Jeff Ferentz on behalf of Arthur Eastman of Tustin, who filed suit against Blinder in November.
March 25, 1999 |
An appeals board of NASD Regulation, the self-regulatory agency governing the brokerage industry, on Wednesday upheld penalties imposed on the former La Jolla Capital--once a major Southland penny-stock dealer. The decision was issued by NASD Regulation's National Adjudicatory Council after an appeal of an earlier decision by its Los Angeles-area conduct committee. NASD Regulation said La Jolla's successor, San Diego-based Pacific Cortez Securities, is barred from selling penny stocks.
June 20, 1989 |
A securities industry disciplinary body has recommended harsh sanctions against the owner of a defunct Los Angeles penny stock firm accused of overcharging customers for stocks by as much as 200%. The actions proposed by a committee of the National Assn. of Securities Dealers were based on an investigation into price manipulation and fraudulent markups at Westmont Securities Corp. The committee recommended that the firm's president, Azar Aslam Kahn, be banned permanently from the securities business and that he and Westmont be fined $665,000.
January 20, 1992 |
A rabbi accused of using a religious organization as a front for illegal penny stock manipulation has been convicted of 10 felony counts that include perjury, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit securities fraud and tax evasion. Benjamin G. Sprecher, 53, a New York rabbi who is also a lawyer, had been accused of using Kahila Kadeshia Parkofski, a tax-exempt religious organization he established, to evade taxes and siphon profits from penny stock fraud to himself and associates.