England's Financial Services Authority has found no evidence of a "concerted attempt by individuals" to alter share prices in Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) during the raid of its shares earlier this year, according to the Mondaq Business Briefing.HBOS' shares fell by 17% in 20 minutes on March 19 after someone spread false rumors that the bank had asked the Bank of England for an emergency loan. The panic came just days after the collapse of Bear Stearns in the U.S.Many officials suspect that hedge funds may have played a large role both incidents, though regulators have not been able to pin the blame on anyone yet.After four months of investigating, the FSA found no evidence of abuse. The agency stated that it would continue to watch for rumor-mongering "at a high level of intensity," and will take action if any evidence is found.The staff of Money Management Executive ("MME") has prepared these capsule summaries based on reports published by the news sources to which they are attributed. Those news sources are not associated with MME, and have not prepared, sponsored, endorsed, or approved these summaries.
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