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More than 250 articles specifically included false statements that the writers had not been compensated by the companies they were writing about, the SEC alleges. (Photo: Getty)

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has brought enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities for carrying out various alleged stock promotion schemes that left investors with the impression they were reading independent, unbiased analyses on investing websites while writers were being secretly compensated for touting company stocks.

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