Embattled hedge fund SAC Capital is moving close to an agreement with prosecutors to settle insider trading charges for more than $1 billion, sources tell CNBC, which would be the largest ever penalty of its kind.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the settlement could be final by the end of this month. However, SAC is still negotiating with the government over a host of non-financial issues. Meanwhile, founder Steven A. Cohen has scaled down his own trading activities, from $4 billion to near $1 billion currently, sources add.
An SAC spokesman reached by CNBC had no immediate comment.
--reporting by CNBC's Kate Kelly; writing by Javier E. David