ADVFN - Advanced Financial Network.
HOME» NYSE » P » PG Stock Price » PG Stock News

Procter Gamble Share News

 Procter & Gamble Co. Stock Price
PG Stock Price
 Procter & Gamble Co. Stock Chart
PG Stock Chart
 Procter & Gamble Co. Stock News
PG Stock News
 Procter & Gamble Co. Company Information
PG Company Information
 Procter & Gamble Co. Stock Trades
PG Stock Trades

WSJ: Gupta's Lawyers Point to Others at Goldman as Tipsters

By Chad Bray Lawyers for ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) director Rajat Gupta tried to cast doubts Monday on government allegations Mr. Gupta leaked confidential information to hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam and to show he carried himself through life with integrity. Prosecutors have alleged Mr. Gupta, also a director at Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), secretly leaked corporate information while a board member at Goldman and P&G to Mr. Rajaratnam, Galleon Group's co-founder who was convicted of insider-trading charges last year and sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. (This story and related background material will be available on The Wall Street Journal website, WSJ.com.) Richard Schutte, Galleon's former president for its U.S. operations, was asked repeatedly by Mr. Gupta's lawyers about conclusions reached by research analysts at the firm: namely that Galleon analysts felt Goldman was a "core long" holding and should be acquired ahead of several quarterly earnings reports in 2007--periods when prosecutors have alleged Mr. Gupta tipped Mr. Rajaratnam about Goldman's results. Mr. Gupta's lawyers have tried to portray Galleon as an important client to Goldman and argued other insiders at Goldman may have had incentive to leak information to the hedge fund. Mr. Schutte also testified Monday David Loeb, a senior Goldman Sachs salesman, was at a meeting between top Goldman executives, including Goldman President Gary Cohn, and senior Galleon executives in July 2008. Defense lawyers have argued others, including Mr. Loeb, may have shared inside information about Goldman with Mr. Rajaratnam. On a July 29, 2008, wiretapped phone conversation played earlier in the trial, Mr. Gupta appeared to confirm rumors to Mr. Rajaratnam that Goldman's board had discussed the possibility of the company acquiring a commercial bank or an insurance company. Mr. Gupta's lawyers have argued Goldman executives were speaking with research analysts at the time about the possibility of Goldman acquiring a bank and any information Mr. Gupta gave Mr. Rajaratnam was already public. Prosecutors have publicly acknowledged Mr. Loeb provided information about Intel Corp. (INTC), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) to Mr. Rajaratnam, but said he didn't have access to the confidential Goldman information Mr. Gupta has been accused of providing. An assistant for Mr. Loeb, who hasn't been charged with wrongdoing, directed calls to Goldman's media-relations department. A Goldman Sachs spokesman declined to comment. Under questioning from prosecutors, Mr. Schutte later acknowledged Mr. Loeb was a salesman for international, rather than domestic stocks, and didn't provide him with any information regarding Goldman Sachs. "Fair to say, Mr. Schutte, that Mr. Loeb in any of the emails distributed to you did not provide any information about Goldman Sachs?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Reed Brodsky said. "That is fair to say," Mr. Schutte said. Prosecutors also tried to play down the relationship between Goldman and Galleon, pointing to a secondary offering following a $5 billion investment by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKA BRKB) at the height of the financial crisis in September 2008. Mr. Schutte testified the hedge fund requested to buy as many as 2.5 million shares of Goldman Sachs in the secondary offering but received only about 150,000 shares, much less than expected. "The allocation that Goldman gave to Galleon was a signal to you that Goldman didn't believe Galleon was an important client?" Mr. Brodsky said. "I would agree with that statement. We were not as important a client as we thought we were," said Mr. Schutte, who was called as a defense witness. Separately, two character witnesses were called by the defense to testify about Mr. Gupta's integrity: Ashok Alexander, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's HIV-prevention initiative in India, and Anil Sood, a former World Bank employee and childhood friend. "I have always admired since my childhood days that Rajat is straightforward, direct and truthful and inspires trust," said Mr. Sood, who has known Mr. Gupta since they were in grade school together. Write to Chad Bray at Chad.Bray@wsj.com

Stock News for Procter Gamble (PG)
DateTimeHeadline
07/29/201417:02:14Correction to VA Senate Confirmation Story
07/29/201415:44:52Senate Confirms Robert McDonald as VA Secretary
07/23/201413:22:44Senate Veterans' Affairs Panel Votes to Endorse McDonald as VA...
07/22/201420:21:36VA Nominee Gets Warm Reception at Confirmation Hearing
05/15/201421:30:19Big Investors Snatch Up Verizon, Dump GM
05/15/201418:30:15Pershing Square Exits Stock Position in P&G
05/15/201418:15:52Pershing Square Exits Stock Position in Procter & Gamble
04/27/201420:35:40Suitors Eye Merck & Co. Consumer Products -- Report
04/24/201408:18:59Unilever First-Quarter Sales Fall; Looks to Raise Prices -- 2nd...
04/23/201417:02:14MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Tumble; S&P 500 Ends 6-day Run
04/23/201415:47:47MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Drift Lower
04/23/201412:44:10P&G Profit Edges Up Amid Sluggish Growth In Consumer Product...
04/23/201410:40:12MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Fall; PMI, Home Sales Disappoint
04/23/201410:15:39MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Fall; PMI Slips In April
04/23/201409:34:30U.S. Hot Stocks: Hot Stocks to Watch
04/23/201408:31:25Correction to Procter & Gamble Earnings Story
04/23/201408:10:34P&G Profit Edges Up on Lower Costs
04/20/201406:17:33MARKET SNAPSHOT: Long View On Stocks Is Best During Weak Earnings...
04/17/201407:33:18Post Holdings to Buy Michael Foods for $2.45 Billion
04/16/201421:07:56Post Holdings Near Deal for Michael Foods -- Sources

Procter Gamble and other New York Stock Exchange stock quotes are delayed by at least 20 minutes.
All other stock price data is delayed by at least 15 minutes unless otherwise stated.
By accessing the services available at ADVFN you are agreeing to be bound by ADVFN's Terms & Conditions
Contact Us | Copyright 1999-2007 ADVFN PLC. | Privacy Policy | Investment Warning | Data accreditations | Investor Relations

ADVFNADVFN ItalyADVFN GermanyADVFN FranceADVFN BrazilADVFN JapanADVFN UKADVFN US noad