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  • KLA-Tencor Former CEO Charged With Fraud by SEC Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 3:21 PM ET

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday that it has charged the former chief executive of KLA-Tencor with fraud for his involvement in a stock options backdating scheme.

  • SEC Mulls Use of International Accounting Standards Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 2:32 PM ET

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took a step Wednesday toward considering whether U.S. companies could file their financial data using international accounting standards.

  • SEC Debating Shareholder Proposals Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 6:08 AM ET

    Federal regulators are debating proposals related to shareholders gaining access to company ballots. One plan, setting a minimum level of stock ownership for the investors to get that access, has already stirred opposition from shareholder activist groups.

  • Target: What Will Ackman Do With Increased Shares? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 10:37 AM ET
    Target

    As we told you here on this blog last week, Pershing Square Capital Management upped its stake in Target beyond +5%. Per the SEC regulatory filing made Monday, Bill Ackman increased his stake in TGT to 9.6% of shares outstanding.

  • Whole Foods says SEC Probing Postings, CEO Sorry Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | 5:21 PM ET

    Whole Foods Market said Tuesday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an inquiry into Web postings involving the company, whose chief executive apologized to shareholders for his anonymous posts on financial message boards.

  • Regulators Eye Whole Foods CEO Postings Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 5:12 AM ET

    Federal regulators have undertaken an informal investigation in the anonymous online postings of John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods Market, some of which denigrated a smaller rival grocery chain and that raise novel questions for securities watchdogs.

  • SEC Charges Ex-ESSI CEO and Son with Options Fraud Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 4:14 PM ET

    The former chairman of defense contractor Engineered Support Systems and his son were charged with stock options fraud on Thursday in a widening U.S. securities investigation.

  • Ivan Boesky

    Every deal worth a headline these days is inevitably followed by the discovery of unusual options activity. In fact, it's become so routine that when news of a deal crosses, all I have to do is pick up the phone, call an options trader, determine how abnormal the trading activity was in the days prior to the deal, and BOOM! I've got a story. Unusual options trading pre-mega deal is definitely not unusual.

  • Bear Stearns' hiring of former Lehman Asset management chief Jeff Lane comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission ramps up its scrutiny of the firm's troubled subprime hedge funds that have sent jitters through the markets in recent weeks, CNBC has learned.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened 12 enforcement investigations into matters surrounding collateralized debt obligations (CDO), the agency's leader told a Congressional panel.

  • All five commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are to appear Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that is expected to explore hedge fund activities, access to corporate proxy statements and so-called soft-dollar arrangements.

  • Blackstone's IPO has renewed debate over the so-called quiet period--when the company issuing stock is subject to SEC restrictions on public statements.  Andy Thorpe, associate from Morrison & Foerster, and Brian Lane, partner from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher discussed on "Morning Call" whether quiet period rules should be eliminated.

  • Powerful House Democrats on Friday proposed increasing the tax burden on managers of hedge funds and private-equity firms, racheting up the debate on expanding the government's tax grip on Wall Street

  • Blackstone Group stock closed around $35 after its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Blackstone IPO Fetches Top Price at $31 a Share Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 10:18 PM ET

    The IPO of private equity powerhouse Blackstone Group was set at $31 a share Thursday night, amid what was described as avid interest in the initial public offering.

  • Washington Sees Private Equity as New Source of Revenue Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 5:51 PM ET

    Congress is looking at the boom in private equity--including Blackstone Group--as a new source of tax revenue, CNBC's Hampton Pearson reported.

  • The IPO market may not be as large as it once was, but there is still expected to be plenty of room for this week's debut of private equity powerhouse Blackstone Group, likely one of the biggest initial public offerings in U.S. history.

  • Federal regulators are considering allowing public companies to choose between international and U.S. accounting standards for reporting their financial results, a move that could bring a seismic shift in corporate reckoning.

  • Senators Ask for Impact Study on Proposed Blackstone Bill Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | 3:27 PM ET

    The leaders of the Senate Banking Committee Wednesday asked the Treasury Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for analysis of legislation that would raise taxes on private equity funds going public, like Blackstone Group.

  • WWE's McMahon "Death": I'm A Murder Suspect Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | 11:47 AM ET
    Darren Rovell....murder suspect??

    Well folks, I’ve never thought I’d utter this phrase: I am a murder suspect. But, truth be told, I apparently am. This according to World Wrestling Entertainment, who gave me this statement when I called them yesterday to answer whether they were irresponsible in issuing a news release that “Mr. McMahon” was “presumed dead” after his limo was blown up last Monday. Here’s what they sent me: