SEC probe of online postings addressing "numerous" legal questions

The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an informal investigation into the online postings of John Mackey, chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market. Postings made in stock forums under a pseudonym over the past eight years have raised numerous legal questions. The SEC is expected to look at whether Mackey's postings contradicted previous company statements and whether they were overly optimistic about the company's performance.

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