Disclosure: I am short SLCO.
The string of suspensions of promoted stocks during the promotion or soon after continues with the SEC suspending trading in Sovereign Lithium Inc. (SLCO) last Friday. Judging by postings on InvestorsHub and Twitter, there was a new mailer promoting SLCO sent by James Rapholz’s Economic Advice. Despite the new ticker and name and mailer pump, the company has been around and was the subject of a mailer pump under the name Great American Energy and ticker SRBL starting back in February 2013.
Here is a chart showing the recent re-pump of SLCO:
And the chart below shows the previous pump as well:
While the SEC’s trading suspension press release included the usual language about “concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace” it also highlighted “potentially manipulative transactions in Soverign Lithium’s common stock,” which is something rarely mentioned in these releases. The recent excellent article on TheStreet.com about promoter Awesomepennystocks.com (APS) mentioned that FINRA had sent “fraud surveillance section referral reports” to the SEC on numerous APS pumps. Perhaps after its slowness to act on the APS pumps came to light the SEC has decided to take a much closer look at manipulative trading in penny stock pump and dumps. If that is the case we should see a bunch more suspensions soon, likely including Pan Global Corp (PGLO).
From the trading suspension release:
The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of Sovereign Lithium because
of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and
potentially manipulative transactions in Sovereign Lithium’s common stock.