Article: Federal agencies launch probe into possible manipulation after GameStop trading frenzy: WSJ

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Federal agencies launch probe into possible manipulation after GameStop trading frenzy: WSJ

Noor Zainab Hussain, 11 February 2021

(Reuters) – Federal prosecutors and regulators are investigating whether “market manipulation or other types of misconduct” led to a meteoric rise in shares of companies such as GameStop and AMC, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The Justice Department’s fraud section and the San Francisco U.S. attorney’s office have sought information about the trading from brokers and social-media companies that were hubs for the trading, the WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter. on.wsj.com/3abznn1

Prosecutors have subpoenaed information from brokers such as Robinhood, according to the report.

Additionally, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has opened a preliminary investigation into whether misconduct occurred as some Reddit traders targeted silver futures, the WSJ report.

A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Article: Deutsche Bank to pay nearly $125 million to resolve U.S. bribery, metals charges

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Deutsche Bank to pay nearly $125 million to resolve U.S. bribery, metals charges

Jonathan Stempel, Noor Zainab Hussain, 08 January 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG will pay nearly $125 million to avoid U.S. prosecution on charges it engaged in foreign bribery schemes and manipulated precious metals markets, the latest blow for the bank as it tries to rebound from a series of scandals.

Germany’s largest lender agreed to the payout as it entered a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, and a related civil settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Almost all of the payout relates to charges Deutsche Bank violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) over its dealings in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, China and Italy, court papers show. Nearly two-thirds of the payout is a criminal fine. Continue reading “Article: Deutsche Bank to pay nearly $125 million to resolve U.S. bribery, metals charges”