Market Manipulation

Market manipulation allegations arise when intentional interference with the free and fair operation of the market is said to have happened by way of the alleged establishment of untrue or misleading appearances regarding the price of or market for a security.
In light of recent market volatility, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has been taking an “extra close look” at any suspicious activity, something the SEC does on a regular basis (SEC prosecution of market manipulation cases has increased more than 45 percent in the past year).