BUSINESS
07/06/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Goldman Sachs SEC Settlement Could Hit $5 BILLION: Fox Business Network

Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business Network is reporting that the SEC's highly publicized civil fraud charges against Goldman Sachs are likely to be settled for $1 billion to $5 billion.

Gasparino says that he's gauged the "ballpark" figure for the likely settlement by talking to lawyers, rival CEOs and industry experts.

Yesterday, Fitch Ratings said that the SEC's case, along with possible criminal charges against the bank, may prompt it to review Goldman Sachs's top-notch credit rating. During the tense Senate hearings in late April, S&P advised its clients to sell Goldman Sachs stock.

News of a criminal probe into Goldman's activities sent the stock plunging last week, with one-fifth of the bank's market cap dissolving.

(Check back here for updates as they emerge.)

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