SEC Subpoenas Wall Street in Hunt for `Manipulators’

July 16 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenaed Wall Street’s biggest firms and hedge-fund advisers in a widening effort to crack down on suspected manipulation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos. shares, said three people with knowledge of the matter.

The SEC’s enforcement unit is demanding information from investment banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and Merrill Lynch & Co., according to two of the people, who declined to be identified because the inquiries aren’t public. The Washington-based regulator is seeking trading records and e-mails, one of them said.

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