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  • Bankrupt Energy Future to auction stake in Oncor Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    DALLAS— Bankrupt power giant Energy Future Holdings terminated its restructuring agreement and announced plans to auction its stake in the profitable power transmission business Oncor Electric Delivery Co., according to a filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • In a somewhat tense exchange at a congressional hearing, SEC Corporation Finance Director Keith Higgins and Massachusetts Democrat Stephen Lynch went back and forth over the issue, with Higgins saying the SEC does not use waiver denials to punish wrongdoers. "The SEC needs to ensure that the American people are protected from egregious conduct...

  • Morgan Stanley paying $275M to settle SEC charges Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $275 million to settle U.S. civil charges that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds it sold ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC said Morgan Stanley failed to accurately disclose the delinquency status of home mortgages backing two securities deals that it financed and sold in 2007..

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 24- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it had charged Morgan Stanley with misleading investors about two mortgage-backed securities it issued before the 2008 financial crisis, and that the bank would pay $275 million to settle the case, according to a press release.

  • Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman's aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing disclosure and shareholder voting.

  • Standard & Poor's may face SEC charges over ratings Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    In a regulatory filing, McGraw-Hill Financial Inc said it received a "Wells notice" on July 22 indicating the SEC is weighing filing civil charges for alleged securities law violations over S&P's ratings of six commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions issued in 2011..

  • SEC considering action against S&P over ratings Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    S&P's parent McGraw Hill Financial Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has received a so-called "Wells Notice" from staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission. S&P has been cooperating with the SEC in the matter and will continue to do so, New York- based McGraw Hill said. SEC spokeswoman Gina Talamona declined to comment.

  • U.S. SEC weighs filing charges against S&P Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:54 PM ET

    McGraw Hill said it received a "Wells Notice" from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging violations of federal securities laws by Standard& Poor's related to the ratings. S&P has been cooperating with the SEC, McGraw Hill said. McGraw Hill shares closed at $83.11 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • SAFT ON WEALTH-New money fund rules keep illusions alive Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:59 PM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday adopted new rules aimed at forestalling runs on money market funds, notably one which will force' prime' institutional funds to allow their value to float.

  • July 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new brokerage industry rule to ban dispute settlements between securities firms and investors that require investors to agree to erase complaints from brokers' public records.

  • July 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new brokerage industry rule to ban dispute settlements between securities firms and investors that require investors to agree to erase complaints from brokers' public records.

  • SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry— the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds— at least for some money funds used by big investors.

  • U.S. SEC poised to adopt reforms for money market funds Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    The reform will impact a wide variety of asset managers, from Blackrock Inc, Fidelity and Vanguard to Charles Schwab Corp, Pimco and Federated Investors Inc.. The two-pronged reform for the $2.6 trillion industry comes after a long battle between the SEC, the industry and federal banking regulators.

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce made a last-ditch plea on Tuesday to federal securities regulators, urging them not to adopt rules that will change how some money market funds are valued and could cause companies to park their cash elsewhere.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced it has tapped a University of Florida professor to serve as the agency's new chief economist.

  • Court denies payout to Ponzi scheme victims Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 PM ET
    Financier R. Allen Stanford arriving at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Monday, March 5, 2012 (file photo)

    A federal appeals panel has denied the SEC's bid to force the SIPC to help cover the losses of thousands of victims in the Stanford Ponzi scheme.

  • Tipster on the Hill?     Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    The SEC is expanding an insider trading investigation which may have started with congressional staffers. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the details.

  • Court deals blow to Stanford Ponzi scheme victims Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:09 PM ET
    Indicted financier R. Allen Stanford exits the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston, Texas.

    A U.S. court ruled that victims of Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme are not eligible under federal law to file claims seeking compensation.

  • July 18- General Electric Co's credit card unit, Synchrony Financial, said it expects to raise up to $3.25 billion in a public offering of shares, in what is expected to be the biggest U.S. The offering of 125 million shares is expected to be priced at between $23 and $26 per share, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- A U.S. appeals court dealt a blow to the victims of Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme on Friday, ruling that they are not eligible under federal law to file claims seeking compensation for their losses. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit also marks a major loss for the Securities and Exchange Commission.