SEC Investigating Trading of BP Shares After Gulf Explosion

CNBC is reporting that the US Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] is investigating whether there may have been irregular trading that went on in BP PLC (BP) shares.

People familiar with the matter say that government officials are closely looking at dates between April 20—when the oil explosion happened in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers—and late June—when the company was deeply engaged in trying to cap the oil well.

“The probe focuses on whether or not third parties, such as hedge funds, were trading in a way that indicated they had insider information about the success or failure of BP’s efforts to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?

BP’s second quarter results, released yesterday, had a short disclosure on page 40, which simply said that the SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) were investing some securities matters related to the company. This raised a lot of questions.”

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