An AWC was issued in which the firm was censured, fined $15,000, ordered to certify to FINRA that it has adopted and implemented policies, procedures and systems that are reasonably designed to address each of the areas of conduct identified in the AWC, that it has completed a risk-based retrospective review of electronic communications sent or received by its associated personnel reasonably designed to achieve compliance with FINRA Rule 3110(b)(4) and that it has completed an inspection of each of its offices to achieve compliance with FINRA Rule 3110(c).
A Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) was issued in which the firm was censured and fined $45,000, and Sullivan was fined $5,000, suspended from association with any FINRA® member in any financial and operations principal (FINOP) capacity for one month and required to requalify by examination as a FINOP. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm and Sullivan consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that the firm conducted a securities business while failing to maintain its minimum net capital requirement.
Markets.co, 31 October 2019
H.C. Wainwright analyst Swayampakula Ramakanth reiterated a rating on EKSO BIONICS ( – Research Report) today and set a price target of $1.20. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $0.66, close to its 52-week low of $0.48.
Alex Hern, 30 October 2019
The gaming firm Valve has halted trading of some in-game items in its popular multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after discovering that “nearly all” of the trading was part of a money-laundering scheme run by “worldwide fraud networks”.
In CS:GO, players can earn containers with cosmetic items, which can be unlocked using keys bought either in-game or for real money from other players.
Valve said it had closed the market between players, and in patch notes for the latest version of CS:GO – first reported by Motherboard – it gave its reasons. Continue reading “Article: Counter-Strike trading found to be ‘nearly all’ money laundering”
StreetInsider.com, 28 October 2019
H.C. Wainwright analyst Swayampakula Ramakanth initiates coverage on Ekso Bionics (NASDAQ: EKSO) with a Buy rating and a price target of $1.20.
Comment: This appears to be a stellar example of a life-saving vital technology company being destroyed by collusion between a placement agent and naked short sellers.
Peter J. Henning
The New York Times 24 October 2019
Prosecutors have not brought a case under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, against Wall Street traders since the investment firm Princeton Newport Partners was indicted in the mid-1980s. The RICO charges filed recently against three traders at JPMorgan Chase indicate that prosecutors may be resurrecting the law to target white-collar defendants.
Prosecutors accused Michael Nowak, who was the head of precious metals trading at the bank, along with Gregg Smith and Christopher Jordan, of organizing the precious metals desk as a RICO enterprise to engage in “spoofing,” as well as wire and bank fraud in which JPMorgan and its customers were the victims
“Spoofing,” which was made a crime by the Dodd-Frank Act, happens when traders are “bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution.”
New York Post, 24 October 2019
Tesla shares are surging — and short sellers are hurting.
Wall Street investors betting against Tesla’s stock got clobbered to the tune of nearly $1.5 billion on Thursday after Elon Musk’s electric-car maker reported a surprise profit, giving the company’s shares their biggest boost in six years.
Candid, 23 October 2019
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has announced a record $63 million gift from the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual two-day cycling event that raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Continue reading “Article: Pan-Mass Challenge Raises Record $63 Million for Dana-Farber”
BusinessWire, 22 October 2019
H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, announced its #1 Ranking by transaction volume during the third quarter of 2019, maintaining the Firm’s top position for 18 consecutive quarters, in PlacementTracker’s Market League Tables.
In addition to being the #1 Investment Bank for CMPO, RD and PIPE transactions, H.C. Wainwright executed 150 transactions in the first three quarters of 2019 totaling $5.5 Billion in transaction value. The H.C. Wainwright team has been the #1 ranked underwriter/placement agent by deal volume cumulatively since 1998.
Comment: This company is alleged to be one of the top front-runners helping naked short sellers destroy promising companies.
Learn more: HCWainwright @ NSS
NewsCenter, 22 October 2019
The Pan-Mass Challenge announced their largest financial gift ever given to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The record breaking $63 million check exceeds this year’s $60 million goal and brings the PMC’s 40 year fundraising total to $717 million.
The 40th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon was held in early August, with the route going through Cape Cod all the way to Provincetown.
The PMC is the nation’s most successful single-event athletic fundraiser and donates 100 percent of every rider raised dollar to Dana-Farber, a world leader in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Continue reading “Article: Pan-Mass Challenge Sets Record for Donations”
An AWC was issued in which the firm was censured and fined $80,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to timely close out fail to deliver positions and executed short sale orders while in the penalty box.
An AWC was issued in which the firm was censured and fined $50,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to timely report to TRACE transactions in TRACE-eligible corporate debt securities.
Bloomberg, 21 October 2019
The criminal case against two former Deutsche Bank AG employees accused of fraudulent and manipulative precious-metals trading can proceed, after a federal judge on Monday rejected their request for dismissal.
U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp in Chicago said prosecutors had properly used the wire-fraud statute to charge James Vorley and Cedric Chanu with spoofing, part of an alleged multiyear scheme to defraud other traders on the Commodity Exchange Inc., a venue run by CME Group Inc.’s Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
An AWC was issued in which the firm was censured and fined $18,500. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to report to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE®) transactions in TRACE-eligible corporate debt securities within the time required. The findings stated that the firm’s late reporting resulted from delays caused by firm employees and untimely amendments or corrections made to TRACE reports previously submitted by the firm or its clearing firm.
An AWC was issued in which the firm was censured and fined $60,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures that were reasonably designed to prevent trade-throughs of protected quotations that did not fall within an exception, in violation of Rule 611(a) of Regulation NMS (Reg NMS) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.