Asian Stock Markets Ebb In Holiday-thinned Trading As Us Debt Limit Resolution Awaited

Past enforcement actions provide some guidance on regulatory oversight strategy. For example, both CFTC and FERC have pursued cases involving traders who lost money on physical trades to benefit financial positions. Therefore, it should not be surprising that changes in trading behavior, particularly when that new activity involves large losses, could attract regulatory scrutiny. The FERC has signaled that it will take a broad perspective in evaluating behavior and concluding that trading activities are manipulative; inquiries could arise if it detects patterns of unprofitable trading activities or selling when one should, or would normally, be buying. While FERC considers a disregard for losses as an element in a recklessness finding and will consider losses as a part of an evidence, it also has taken the position that manipulation can be proven without losses. FERC also has pursued actions against firms engaged in complicated market activites that extract payments under arcane payment mechanisms that were put in place to support pro-competetive behavior, but were being triggered by targeted actions that were not helpful to the market.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/energysource/2013/10/11/stepped-up-oversight-of-energy-markets-may-push-some-trading-firms-out/

Brothers fined $5M in Heinz insider-trading case

(NASDAQ:CAMP). That is the only game breaking mistake you can make inCalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP)today. Why? Its way too early to short that stock. You will get murdered.
Source: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/calamp-corp-buy-hedge-fund-trading-strategy-featuring-005046151.html

“As soon as you use equity incentives, you immediately have to pay the executives more because you’re exposing them to more risk,” Mr. Denis said. From that standpoint, an argument could be made that it would be less expensive for companies if their executives were allowed to profit from insider trading. That would spare shareholders the expense of providing them with generous incentives that allow executives to make more than their counterparts in countries where insider trading is an accepted business practice. However, critics of the practice say it is unfair to other investors to let those with a knowledge of inside information to profit from it. Mr.
Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/opinion/heard-off-the-street-insider-trading-ceo-pay-linked-707404/

But negotiations over the weekend did not reach a conclusion. World Digest: Oct. 13, 2013 Associated Press Israels military discovers a tunnel from Gaza; Vatican twitter beatifies more than 500 killed in Spain in the 1930s. Nick Miroff A congressional directive known on Capitol Hill as the bed mandate has driven a boom in detentions. An agreement could also end the partial government shutdown that has idled about 350,000 Federal workers without pay for nearly two weeks. Trading was muted in Asia, with markets in Tokyo and Hong Kong closed for holidays.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/asian-stock-markets-ebb-in-holiday-thinned-trading-as-us-debt-limit-resolution-awaited/2013/10/14/0580e550-348a-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html

Should the contract expire worthless, the premium would represent a 3.49% return on the cash commitment, or 43.90% annualized at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost. Click here to find out the Top YieldBoost Puts of Stocks Analysts Like Below is a chart showing the trailing twelve month trading history for Noble Corp , and highlighting in green where the $37.50 strike is located relative to that history: Turning to the calls side of the option chain, the call contract at the $38.50 strike price has a current bid of $1.20. If an investor was to purchase shares of NE stock at the current price level of $38.07/share, and then sell-to-open that call contract as a covered call, they are committing to sell the stock at $38.50. Considering the call seller will also collect the premium, that would drive a total return (excluding dividends, if any) of 4.28% if the stock gets called away at the November 8th expiration (before broker commissions).
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stockoptionschannel/2013/10/10/ne-november-8th-options-begin-trading/

We have seen hundreds of millions of dollars wiped off business balance sheets in a matter of minutes when a trading glitch occurs. We need new systems in place that can perform risk and compliance management functions for trading infrastructure in real-time without impacting the performance or quality of execution,” commented Sang Lee, Managing Partner at Aite Group. A typical CorvilNet deployment can capture millions of trading-related messages per second, from wire taps, aggregation switches, or even software logs, and then decode, correlate, analyse and alert in real-time. Data can be stored for historical analysis and can be exported to external systems using many industry standard interfaces. The latest release of CorvilNet introduces a number of new capabilities including live updating screens showing exactly what is happening right now across your whole trading system. Through the use of CorvilLens, a fully integrated real-time network, application and business-specific view is provided in a single screen.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/corvil-launches-first-real-time-040100676.html

These “shell companies” are popular targets with scammers, who buy the stock, change the name, manipulate the shares and them dump the worthless stock on investors. It’s one of the oldest fraud tricks in the book and one that the SEC seems determined to curb, at least a bit. Back in 2012, the SEC shut down trading in nearly 400 microcap stocks that it said were ripe for manipulation. More recently, the SEC shut down trading in seven microcap companies. The goal is to close these shells before they fall into the hands of a scammer. The goal of investors is to never get near any of the stocks that are to be shut down.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/krantz/2013/10/10/penny-stock-suspend/2885621/

Heinz one day before February’s announcement of a surprise acquisition of the food giant. Rodrigo Terpins, 40, placed the order to buy the call options on Feb. 13 while vacationing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday. The transaction was based on material non-public information received by his brother, Michel Terpins, 36, the agency said. Call options enable buyers to purchase a given stock at a certain price by a specified future date.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/10/heinz-inside-trading-sec-settlement/2958725/

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