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SAC affiliated analyst gets charged with insider trading

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Today the SEC filed a compliant against Ronald N. Dennis a former analyst at an affiliate of hedge fund advisory firm S.A.C. Capital Advisors for insider trading nonpublic information concerning two technology companies. The SEC alleges that Dennis got illegal tips from two friends who were fellow hedge fund analysts. They provided him confidential details about impending announcements at Dell Inc. and Foundry Networks. From that, Dennis prompted illegal trades in Dell and Foundry stock and enabled hedge funds managed by S.A.C. Capital and affiliate CR Intrinsic Investors to generate illegal profits and avoid significant losses.

Dennis received illegal tips about Dell’s financial performance from Jesse Tortora, who was then an analyst at Diamondback Capital. Tortora and Diamondback were charged in 2012 along with several other hedge fund managers and analysts as part of the SEC’s broader investigation into expert networks and the trading activities of hedge funds. Dennis separately received an illegal tip about the impending acquisition of Foundry from Matthew Teeple, an analyst at a San Francisco-based hedge fund advisory firm. The SEC charged Teeple and two others last year for insider trading in Foundry stock.

Dennis enabled hedge funds managed by CR Intrinsic and S.A.C. Capital to generate approximately $3.2 million in profits and a......................

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