Search This Blog

Translate

Search Tool




Aug 7, 2014

On July 20th, 2014 Al Jazeera published an investigation that takes inside the shadowy world of FBI informants and ...



Published on Jul 20, 2014
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit takes you inside the shadowy world of FBI informants and counterterrorism sting operations. Following the 9/11 attacks, the FBI set about to recruit a network of more than 15,000 informants. Al Jazeera's investigative film tells the stories of three paid FBI informants who posed as Muslims as they searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI.

YouTube | RT has uploaded 'US intervention in Iraq laid the groundwork for ISIS to develop' -August 7, 2014-.



RT has uploaded 'US intervention in Iraq laid the groundwork for ISIS to develop'

'US intervention in Iraq laid the groundwork for ISIS to develop'
RT

Whether to drop bombs or aid - that's the decision facing the White house as Islamic militants in Iraq seize yet more towns, including the country's largest Christian city. Richard Becker from the ANSWER Coalition has little doubt about where the ultimate blame lies for the militant sweep across the country.

SEC | Litigation Release - August 7, 2014: Settled Charges: Indiana Forex Trader Settles SEC Fraud Charges.



U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Litigation Release No. 23060 / August 7, 2014

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Rudolf D. Pameijer, et al., Civil Action No. 1:12-CV-01364 (S.D. Ind.)

Indiana Forex Trader Settles SEC Fraud Charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that on August 6, 2014, the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, entered final judgments against Ryan W. Koester and his company Rykoworks Capital Group, LLC (Rykoworks), in a fraudulent investment scheme case the SEC filed against Koester, Rykoworks, and others on September 24, 2012.
The SEC's complaint alleged that Koester held himself out as an expert foreign currency trader, and falsely represented to investors that his unique trading strategy offered investors a principal guaranteed investment opportunity. As alleged in the complaint, Koester and Rudolf D. Pamejier, a career insurance salesman, agreed to a profit sharing arrangement for clients Pameijer brought to Rykoworks. The complaint alleged that, starting in 2010, Pameijer and his daughter, Lindsay R. Sayer, began soliciting clients to invest with Rykoworks through promissory notes which purported to guarantee investor principal while offering risk free returns from forex trading. As alleged in the complaint, Pameijer and Sayer misappropriated the majority of funds they raised from investors for personal use. The complaint further alleged that the remaining investor funds Pameijer and Sayer transferred to Koester and Rykoworks, and additional funds that Koester raised from investors directly, Koester depleted through trading losses and misappropriation of funds for personal use.
To settle the SEC's charges, Koester and Rykoworks each consented to the entry of a final judgment that: (i) permanently enjoins them from future violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, and (ii) orders disgorgement of $382,475 and prejudgment interest of $57,645. The disgorgement obligation was offset, and no civil penalty imposed, in light of Koester's sentence in a related criminal case. In that case, Indiana v. Ryan Koester, Crim. No. 41C01-1205-FB-00028 (Johnson Circuit Court), Koester pled guilty to state criminal charges and, on January 30, 2014, the court sentenced Koester to two years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $517,121.
For additional information, see Litigation Release number 22492 (Sept. 24, 2012).

FTC | Consumer Update - August 7, 2014: When is debt collection illegal?

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information

by Lisa Lake
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

If you’re behind on your bills, you’ll probably get calls from debt collectors. Their job is to get you to pay or make arrangements to pay. But any debt collector who harasses or threatens you is breaking the law. The Federal Trade Commission’s cases against Credit Smart and Regional Adjustment Bureau highlight the facts of life every consumer facing debt collection should know.
Read more >

WSJ | Most Actives Closing August 7, 2014.

Most Actives Closing
Most Active Stocks by Volume
4:47 pm ET 08/07/2014
NYSE
Issue Volume Price Chg % Chg
Bank of America (BAC) 78,819,880 $15.12 -0.08 -0.53
Sprint (S) 44,661,794 5.88 -0.02 -0.34
SandRidge Energy (SD) 37,583,781 5.19 -0.57 -9.90
General Electric (GE) 35,910,256 25.50 0.06 0.24
Rite Aid (RAD) 35,740,170 5.99 0.01 0.17
SunEdison (SUNE) 34,641,782 21.59 2.27 11.75
Walgreen (WAG) 33,376,916 60.87 1.66 2.80
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 32,601,610 4.10 -0.02 -0.49
Pfizer (PFE) 29,614,976 28.04 -0.24 -0.85
Twitter (TWTR) 25,311,031 43.00 -0.46 -1.06
AT&T (T) 20,451,714 34.21 -0.41 -1.18
Nokia ADS (NOK) 19,828,702 7.69 -0.05 -0.65
Ford Motor (F) 19,760,796 16.82 -0.16 -0.94
Molycorp (MCP) 19,550,684 2.35 0.31 15.20
Alcoa (AA) 19,200,234 16.00 -0.44 -2.68
Time Warner (TWX) 19,119,218 72.06 -2.18 -2.94
Petroleo Brasileiro ADS (PBR) 17,982,627 16.36 -0.23 -1.39
AbbVie (ABBV) 16,962,755 52.43 0.38 0.73
Coca-Cola (KO) 14,198,302 39.35 -0.57 -1.43
Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) 13,985,612 3.63 -0.07 -1.89
Wells Fargo (WFC) 13,898,535 49.70 -0.36 -0.72
Las Vegas Sands (LVS) 13,884,456 66.73 -1.46 -2.14
MGM Resorts International (MGM) 13,745,508 24.47 -0.67 -2.67
Vale ADS (VALE) 13,639,336 13.79 -0.22 -1.57
SouFun Holdings (SFUN) 13,580,329 11.56 1.22 11.80
 
Nasdaq
Issue Volume Price Chg % Chg
Apple (AAPL) 45,402,137 $94.48 -0.01 -0.01
Zynga (ZNGA) 41,457,152 2.92 0.13 4.66
21st Century Fox Cl A (FOXA) 41,392,297 33.96 1.63 5.04
Facebook Cl A (FB) 37,927,280 73.17 0.70 0.97
Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI) 35,947,162 3.36 0.00 0.00
Micron Technology (MU) 33,772,661 29.68 -1.00 -3.26
PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) 31,964,946 94.22 -0.30 -0.32
Microsoft (MSFT) 29,804,441 43.23 0.49 1.15
VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN (TVIX) 27,663,349 4.13 0.17 4.29
Intel (INTC) 27,287,066 32.68 -0.16 -0.50
Cisco Systems (CSCO) 23,740,246 24.86 -0.07 -0.28
Atmel (ATML) 21,953,549 8.02 -0.58 -6.74
Groupon (GRPN) 21,433,513 5.96 -0.21 -3.48
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV) 20,697,927 35.65 -0.76 -2.09
Applied Materials (AMAT) 15,438,432 20.69 -0.46 -2.17
Wendy's Co (WEN) 14,308,719 8.16 0.18 2.26
RF Micro Devices (RFMD) 12,953,640 10.96 -0.38 -3.35
Windstream Holdings (WIN) 11,769,779 11.16 -0.39 -3.38
Himax Technologies ADS (HIMX) 11,752,862 6.99 0.44 6.64
Melco Crown Entertainment ADS (MPEL) 11,673,132 28.55 -1.47 -4.89
Mylan (MYL) 11,579,312 46.49 -1.43 -2.98
Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) 11,486,739 44.38 0.71 1.63
Yahoo! (YHOO) 11,235,709 35.66 -0.13 -0.36
Comcast Cl A (CMCSA) 11,226,397 52.68 -0.22 -0.42
Thoratec (THOR) 10,737,375 22.74 -9.83 -30.18
 
NYSE Arca
Issue Volume Price Chg % Chg
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) 126,053,097 $191.03 -1.04 -0.54
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) 75,606,677 43.32 -0.16 -0.38
Barclays Bank iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) 69,475,619 34.62 0.71 2.09
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) 39,896,381 111.19 -0.54 -0.48
Select Sector SPDR-Financial (XLF) 39,278,773 22.16 -0.10 -0.45
iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) 31,985,194 11.72 -0.04 -0.30
iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (EWI) 30,570,056 15.13 -0.43 -2.76
iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI) 20,991,944 39.86 -0.35 -0.87
Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3x Shares (TZA) 19,529,362 16.53 0.23 1.41
Market Vectors ETF Trust Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) 17,535,858 26.76 0.07 0.27
iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) 17,392,621 48.13 -0.62 -1.27
iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA) 16,758,563 64.90 -0.53 -0.81
Select Sector SPDR-Industrial (XLI) 14,376,986 51.44 0.05 0.10
ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (UVXY) 13,927,993 37.77 1.57 4.34
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) 13,435,209 43.30 -0.20 -0.46
Select Sector SPDR-Energy (XLE) 13,167,160 95.01 -0.60 -0.63
Select Sector SPDR-Utilities (XLU) 12,438,878 40.63 0.46 1.15
iShares MSCI EMU ETF (EZU) 10,595,221 38.29 -0.59 -1.53
VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return (DGAZ) 9,805,693 4.42 0.18 4.13
ProShares UltraShort S&P500 (SDS) 9,234,001 26.61 0.28 1.06
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) 8,948,100 115.77 1.07 0.93
Market Vectors Russia ETF Trust SBI (RSX) 8,937,466 23.21 0.16 0.69
Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3x Shares (TNA) 8,847,666 66.83 -0.96 -1.42
Select Sector SPDR-Health Care (XLV) 8,741,495 59.82 -0.78 -1.29
iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF (EWT) 8,334,115 15.59 0.01 0.06
 
Composite
Issue Volume Price Chg % Chg
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) 126,053,097 $191.03 -1.04 -0.54
Bank of America (BAC) 78,819,880 15.12 -0.08 -0.53
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) 75,606,677 43.32 -0.16 -0.38
Barclays Bank iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) 69,475,619 34.62 0.71 2.09
Apple (AAPL) 45,402,137 94.48 -0.01 -0.01
Sprint (S) 44,661,794 5.88 -0.02 -0.34
Zynga (ZNGA) 41,457,152 2.92 0.13 4.66
21st Century Fox Cl A (FOXA) 41,392,297 33.96 1.63 5.04
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) 39,896,381 111.19 -0.54 -0.48
Select Sector SPDR-Financial (XLF) 39,278,773 22.16 -0.10 -0.45
Facebook Cl A (FB) 37,927,180 73.17 0.70 0.97
SandRidge Energy (SD) 37,583,781 5.19 -0.57 -9.90
Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI) 35,947,162 3.36 0.00 0.00
General Electric (GE) 35,910,256 25.50 0.06 0.24
Rite Aid (RAD) 35,740,170 5.99 0.01 0.17
SunEdison (SUNE) 34,641,782 21.59 2.27 11.75
Micron Technology (MU) 33,772,661 29.68 -1.00 -3.26
Walgreen (WAG) 33,376,847 60.87 1.66 2.80
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 32,601,610 4.10 -0.02 -0.49
iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) 31,985,194 11.72 -0.04 -0.30
PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) 31,964,946 94.22 -0.30 -0.32
iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (EWI) 30,570,056 15.13 -0.43 -2.76
Microsoft (MSFT) 29,804,441 43.23 0.49 1.15
Pfizer (PFE) 29,614,976 28.04 -0.24 -0.85
VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN (TVIX) 27,663,349 4.13 0.17 4.29
 
 
Footnotes
Includes common, closed end funds, ETFs, ETNs and REITS
x - stock is trading ex-dividend
Source: WSJ Market Data Group