SEC Suspends Penny Stock Issuers-Posted by Brenda Hamilton
On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the temporary suspension of trading in the securities of three penny stock issuers:
- Blacksands Petroleum, Inc. (BSPE),
- China Education Alliance, Inc. (CEAI),
- DoMark International, Inc. (DOMK), and
- East Coast Diversified Corp. (ECDC)
The SEC suspended trading in the securities of the foregoing penny stock issuers due to a lack of current and accurate information about the companies. Each issuer had not filed certain periodic reports with the Commission. This order was entered pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). The SEC cautions brokers, dealers, shareholders and prospective purchasers that they should carefully consider the foregoing information along with all other currently available information and any information subsequently issued by these companies.
All three penny stock issuers were quoted by the OTC Markets interdealer link. Each of the issuers had undergone name changes and engaged in reverse merger transactions before becoming delinquent with their SEC filings.
Brokers and dealers should be aware that, pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 15c2-11, at the termination of the trading suspension, no quotation may be entered relating to the securities of the subject companies unless and until the broker or dealer has strictly complied with all of the provisions of the rule. If any broker or dealer is uncertain as to what is required by the rule, it should refrain from entering quotations relating to the securities of these companies that have been subject to a trading suspension until such time as it has familiarized itself with the rule and
is certain that all of its provisions have been met.
Any broker or dealer with questions regarding the rule should contact the staff of the SEC at (202) 551-5777. If any broker or dealer enters any quotation which is in violation of the rule, the Commission will consider the need for prompt enforcement action. If any broker, dealer or other person has any information which may relate to this matter, they should immediately communicate it to the Delinquent Filings Group of the Division of Enforcement at (202) 551-5466, or by e-mail at [email protected]
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