SEC Charges Outfit Selling Early Facebook Shares

U.S. securities regulators brought charges Wednesday against an online trading platform and two private funds that were offering Facebook shares, the first major actions from a yearlong probe into lightly regulated trading in private company shares.

Goldman Sachs Greg Smith Resignation: 4 Other Controversies To Hit The Firm

The resignation letter printed as an op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday by Greg Smith, a London-based executive director for Goldman Sachs that oversees equity derivatives, has stirred up a lot of trouble for the firm. Smith claimed that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it. This upset is far from the first for the firm. Goldman Sachs has been involved in a string of controversies ranging from involvement with Greek debt to insider trading.

Yelp Stock Price Quote ‘Exceptionally’ High on First Day: Is it Too Late to Invest?

Yelp stock was traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for the first time on Friday, March 2. The stock, which is listed under the ticker symbol YELP, opened at $22.01 a share and quickly rose in value to $24.40 a share in just a few hours. The question now is whether YELP stock will continue to rise in the foreseeable future, or if the online company's stock value will soon begin to drop.

Justice Dept. Casts Wide Net with Mortgage Subpoenas

A U.S. Justice Department inquiry into the packaging and sale of home loans by the biggest U.S. banks casts a wide net and appears to significantly overlap with other enforcement efforts, according to people who have viewed subpoenas sent to the firms.

Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan May Face SEC Charges

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have been warned by the Securities and Exchange Commission that they might face inquiries tied to mortgage-backed securities offered to investors several years ago.

Goldman Gets Wells Notice from SEC: Filing

The Securities and Exchange Commission notified Goldman Sachs Group Inc that it may file a civil case against the bank related to a $1.3 billion offering of subprime mortgage securities, Goldman said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

'Big Four' Auditors Brace for Big Changes in China

The Big Four global audit firms, which dominate the Chinese market, are negotiating with Beijing to lessen the impact of forced changes that could mean only accountants with Chinese qualifications can be partners in their audit practices.

U.S. SEC Broadens Its Probe of Exchange-Traded Funds

Prompted by a delay in a big trade of a popular exchange-traded fund, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a closer look at a possible connection between high-frequency traders and hedge funds jumping in and out of ETFs, among other areas, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Wynn downplays SEC inquiry, hits Okada claims

Wynn Resorts Chief Executive Officer Steve Wynn played down a U.S. regulatory inquiry into a company donation at the heart of a bitter legal battle embroiling his $15 billion casino empire, hitting back at his largest shareholder and accuser in a memo to employees.

Analysis: Criminal Trail Going Cold at MF Global

When commodities brokerage MF Global imploded, the FBI and federal prosecutors were quick to launch an investigation to pursue what seemed obvious to outspoken regulators and lawmakers: laws were broken and crimes were committed.

Diamond Foods Fires CEO; Stock Crashes

Diamond Foods Inc removed top management after a probe by its audit committee found that the company improperly accounted for payments to walnut growers, sending its shares down 40 percent in after-hours trading.