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SEC Press Release - December 10, 2014: Names Karol Pollock to Lead Exam Program in Los Angeles Office

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12/10/2014 02:30 PM EST

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Karol L.K. Pollock has been named the new leader of the examination program in the Los Angeles Regional Office.

Ms. Pollock has nearly 25 years of experience in securities enforcement and examination regulation at the SEC, FINRA, and New Mexico Securities Division as well as in the private sector.  She has worked in the SEC’s Los Angeles office for the past 10 years, starting as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division and later serving as a branch chief.  In 2009, she became Assistant Director of the exam program, and was named Deputy Associate Director last year.

In her new role as Associate Director of the exam program in the Los Angeles office, Ms. Pollock will oversee a staff of approximately 60 examiners, accountants, and attorneys responsible for examining firms in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and Guam.

“Karol has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting investors and our capital markets in a way that is fair, creative, and effective,” said Andrew Bowden, Director of the SEC’s National Exam Program.  “We are thrilled to recognize her accomplishments and promote her leadership in the National Exam Program.”

Michele Wein Layne, Director of the Los Angeles Regional Office, added, “Karol has been an inspiring leader in our office beyond our examinations program, and we are very fortunate to have her assume full leadership of our exemplary exam staff.  Karol’s tireless and enthusiastic commitment to investor protection is a true inspiration for her colleagues throughout the SEC.”

Ms. Pollock said, “I greatly admire the talent and dedication of the exam staff and look forward to working with them to protect investors.”

During her tenure, Ms. Pollock played a significant role in numerous SEC enforcement actions, including a 2008 case against five former San Diego city officials involved in inadequate municipal securities disclosures.  She also helped litigate a case against the former CEO and former CFO of Gemstar-TV Guide International for their roles in a widespread and complex scheme to inflate licensing and advertising revenues.

Ms. Pollock is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

DealBook P.M. Edition - December 10, 2014: Two Insider Trading Convictions Are Overturned in Blow to Prosecutors.

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WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on December 10, 2014.

Biggest Decliners Closing
Biggest Decliners
4:32 pm ET 12/10/2014
Vaalco Energy (EGY)2,323,194$4.62-1.08-18.95
Transcontinental Realty Investors (TCI)35,4209.76-1.99-16.94
Seventy Seven Energy (SSE)1,676,3454.74-0.91-16.11
CHC Group (HELI)2,337,1423.70-0.68-15.53
Civeo (CVEO)4,345,6487.81-1.18-13.13
Independence Contract Drilling (ICD)83,7135.66-0.84-12.92
Scorpio Bulkers (SALT)2,326,3342.09-0.31-12.92
Atlas Energy (ATLS)2,263,69325.70-3.56-12.17
Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL)1,665,55023.32-3.20-12.07
Oasis Petroleum (OAS)12,485,53011.14-1.52-12.01
Ecopetrol ADS (EC)1,139,21815.63-1.98-11.24
Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NES)466,7146.55-0.82-11.13
Doral Financial (DRL)186,4073.96-0.48-10.81
Comstock Resources (CRK)2,986,6395.81-0.70-10.75
Peabody Energy (BTU)18,141,2047.77-0.91-10.48
Kosmos Energy (KOS)3,426,6627.30-0.85-10.43
Whiting Petroleum (WLL)9,641,35530.07-3.48-10.37
Daqo New Energy ADS (DQ)331,24923.82-2.72-10.25
Crescent Point Energy (CPG)545,38819.62-2.24-10.25
Talisman Energy (TLM)12,296,4293.79-0.43-10.19
Pacific Drilling (PACD)1,838,4834.66-0.52-10.04
ITT Educational Services (ESI)403,3618.13-0.89-9.87
W&T Offshore (WTI)2,139,3275.97-0.65-9.82
Pioneer Energy Services (PES)1,205,2724.75-0.51-9.70
Targa Resources Partners (NGLS)1,865,23740.58-4.35-9.68
Mitcham Industries (MIND)336,580$5.71-1.44-20.14
StealthGas (GASS)1,344,7745.51-0.81-12.82
Conn's (CONN)4,786,59118.22-2.61-12.53
Virco Manufacturing (VIRC)941,3432.58-0.36-12.24
Auris Medical Holding (EARS)14,3524.08-0.53-11.42
Rosetta Resources (ROSE)3,123,58920.81-2.39-10.30
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV)26,456,54834.03-3.85-10.16
Energy XXI (EXXI)8,341,5072.88-0.32-10.00
Linn Energy (LINE)6,740,91813.18-1.44-9.85
Green Plains (GPRE)2,124,68722.15-2.37-9.67
Onconova Therapeutics (ONTX)58,5004.00-0.42-9.50
Learning Tree International (LTRE)8,6012.23-0.23-9.35
LinnCo (LNCO)5,715,15411.65-1.20-9.34
Karyopharm Therapeutics (KPTI)645,07937.48-3.86-9.34
Tesco (TESO)465,67512.82-1.32-9.34
Comtech Telecommunications (CMTL)279,45135.33-3.62-9.29
NeuroDerm (NDRM)74,6457.01-0.68-8.84
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII)73,4382.48-0.24-8.82
Amyris (AMRS)80,0722.42-0.23-8.68
SAExploration Holdings (SAEX)45,5444.12-0.38-8.44
Westport Innovations (WPRT)1,162,0833.66-0.33-8.27
TriMas (TRS)447,63529.37-2.63-8.22
Magnetek (MAG)37,41737.14-3.30-8.16
RigNet (RNET)190,44038.67-3.33-7.93
Triumph Bancorp (TBK)73,45012.91-1.09-7.79
Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3x Shares (GASL)3,123,762$3.74-0.68-15.38
VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN (UWTI)2,074,9237.58-0.99-11.55
ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY)2,496,86866.84-7.64-10.26
Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3x Shares (ERX)4,712,94252.14-5.29-9.21
Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3X Shares (LBJ)101,67811.75-1.14-8.84
UBS AG-2xMonthly Leveraged Long E-TRACS for Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index 2040 (MLPL)277,70652.16-5.04-8.81
Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Index Bull 3X Shares (JNUG)31,727,6683.23-0.30-8.50
Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares (NUGT)18,621,44013.17-1.13-7.90
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil (UCO)7,269,80113.62-1.11-7.54
ProShares UltraPro Russell2000 (URTY)698,78284.39-5.65-6.27
ProShares Ultra Oil&Gas (DIG)469,95748.71-3.26-6.27
Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3x Shares (TNA)10,260,56173.44-4.90-6.25
Market Vectors Colombia ETF (COLX)2,90212.85-0.83-6.07
Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3x Shares (RUSL)2,127,2874.81-0.31-6.05
Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3X Shares (BRZU)274,1539.17-0.58-5.95
Guggenheim Canadian Energy Income ETF (ENY)12,38510.34-0.65-5.91
ProShares UltraPro MidCap400 (UMDD)9,152106.33-6.45-5.72
InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA)11,75021.30-1.27-5.63
Direxion Daily Mid Cap Bull 3x Shares (MIDU)43,19190.64-5.40-5.62
Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares (SOXL)196,879131.51-7.80-5.60
Direxion Daily Basic Materials Bull 3X Shares (MATL)5,45259.74-3.45-5.46
Global X MSCI Colombia ETF (GXG)253,28212.57-0.72-5.42
VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return (DGAZ)10,452,2254.48-0.25-5.29
Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3x Shares (JPNL)8,90541.18-2.26-5.20
UBS AG E_TRACS linked to Alerian Natural gas MLP Index 2040 (MLPG)16,47333.56-1.84-5.20
Mitcham Industries (MIND)336,580$5.71-1.44-20.14
Vaalco Energy (EGY)2,323,1944.62-1.08-18.95
Transcontinental Realty Investors (TCI)35,4209.76-1.99-16.94
Seventy Seven Energy (SSE)1,676,3454.74-0.91-16.11
IGI Laboratories (IG)4,407,2688.89-1.66-15.73
CHC Group (HELI)2,337,1423.70-0.68-15.53
Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3x Shares (GASL)3,123,7623.74-0.68-15.38
EnerJex Resources (ENRJ)8,8662.21-0.39-15.00
Civeo (CVEO)4,345,6487.81-1.18-13.13
Independence Contract Drilling (ICD)83,7135.66-0.84-12.92
Scorpio Bulkers (SALT)2,326,3342.09-0.31-12.92
StealthGas (GASS)1,344,7745.51-0.81-12.82
Conn's (CONN)4,786,59118.22-2.61-12.53
Image Sensing Systems (ISNS)520,7842.95-0.42-12.46
Virco Manufacturing (VIRC)941,3432.58-0.36-12.24
Atlas Energy (ATLS)2,263,69325.70-3.56-12.17
Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL)1,665,55023.32-3.20-12.07
Oasis Petroleum (OAS)12,485,53011.14-1.52-12.01
VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN (UWTI)2,074,9237.58-0.99-11.55
Income Opportunity Realty Investors (IOT)7,7975.21-0.68-11.54
Auris Medical Holding (EARS)14,3524.08-0.53-11.42
Ecopetrol ADS (EC)1,139,21815.63-1.98-11.24
Nuverra Environmental Solutions (NES)466,7146.55-0.82-11.13
Crexendo Inc (EXE)7,1951.80-0.22-10.89
Doral Financial (DRL)186,4073.96-0.48-10.81
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Includes common, closed end funds, ETFs, ETNs and REITS with prior day close of $2 a share or higher, with volume of at least 2,000.
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Source: WSJ Market Data Group