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Question:

Dudley Thompson is a bond salesman for a small broker/dealer in London. His firm is the lead underwriter on a new junk bond issue for Ibex Corporation, and Thompson has sent details of the offering to clients. Thompson calls only his accounts over £1,000,000 for whom he thinks the issue is suitable. Thompson also posts his firm's optimistic projections for Ibex's performance in several Internet chatrooms. According to the Standards concerning market manipulation and fair dealing, Thompson is in violation of:

A neither of these Standards.
explanation

Thompson has not violated Standard 11(B) Market Manipulation by posting his firms projections for Ibex. A firms recommendation of a security may increase its price without any intent to mislead the market. The firm has disseminated the details of the offering to its clients fairly, so Thompson may call individual clients without violating the Standard III(B) Fair Dealing.