FSA bans drunk oil broker for market abuse

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Steven Noel Perkins has been banned for five years and fined £72,000 after manipulating the market in Brent oil and causing its price to soar to an "abnormal level" following a drinking binge lasting several days.

On Tuesday, 30 June 2009, Perkins - who traded orders on an execution only basis in Brent Crude Futures contracts on the ICE Futures Europe exchange (ICE) - traded without client authorisation. Perkins' employer, PVM Oil Futures Ltd, did no proprietary trading.

The regulator says he

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