Manipulation

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Manipulation

Dealing in a security to create a false appearance of active trading, in order to bring in more traders. Illegal.

Manipulation

The attempt or act to artificially change the price of a security or a market movement with the intent to make a profit. One example is wash selling, in which an investor both sells then quickly re-buys the same security, hoping to create the impression of increased trading volume, and therefore raise the price. Another is churning, in which an investor makes both buy and sell orders through different brokers to create the impression of increased interest in the security and raise the price. Manipulation can be used to both increase and decrease prices, depending on the investor's perceived needs. Manipulation is illegal under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. See also: Antitrust, Fix.
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Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire confirmed today that her office is investigating allegations that there may be price manipulation and unfair business practices behind the region's energy crisis.
Mohammad Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shihhi, Director General of the Ministry of Economy, said that the plan is line with the directions of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, to ensure that consumers are not affected by any market price manipulations.
The FERC report also lists the city of Glendale as among those that might have profited from price manipulations - and the city could be forced to repay some of those profits.