Rochdale Securities LLC, the brokerage that employs bank analyst Dick Bove, is in advanced talks to save the firm after unauthorized trades in Apple Inc. went sour, said two people with knowledge of the negotiations.
The potential deal to recapitalize Stamford, Connecticut- based Rochdale would be a merger or investment and may be announced as early as today, said the people, who requested anonymity because the talks are private. The deal for the 37- year-old firm could still fall apart, one of the people said.
Rochdale, led by President Daniel J. Crowley, has told potential investors that a trader made an unauthorized purchase last month of $750 million to $1 billion in Apple shares, which dropped in value and depleted capital at closely held Rochdale, the people said.
The firm had $3.44 million of capital at the end of last year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Crowley didn’t immediately return phone calls seeking comment on the firm’s status.
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