Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Consumer Alert:
Investors Should Use Caution In Assessing Internet Merger Rumors

April 29, 2010

Of the thousands of postings made to the Internet everyday, some relate to news of purported future merger and acquisition activity.

Sometimes such postings can result in movements in the stock prices of the companies involved. Some postings may relate to investments in troubled financial institutions.

Investors need to use caution in assessing such postings.


In Evaluating Postings Investors Should Consider


How To Find Information On Publicly Traded Companies

Information on publicly traded companies, including quarterly and other reports, is available on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website.

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