Trading in the securities of US soft drinks company Beverage Creations has been suspended, due to "manipulative forces or deceptive practices".

The Securities and Exchange Commission in the US said yesterday (12 March) that, as part of its Anti-Spam initiative, it has temporarily suspended trading in Beverage Creations (BCI) until 26 March.

"It appears that the market for BCI securities may be reacting to manipulative forces or deceptive practices and that there is a lack of current and accurate public information about BCI upon which an informed investment decision can be made," the SEC said.

"In particular, questions have been raised regarding a widely distributed promotional mailer touting BCI's stock, several stock promotion websites that have featured BCI's stock, and a press release issued by BCI disclaiming its affiliation with the company that distributed the mailer."

Last month, the hydration technologies company, which owns the Bio2tonic health drink brand, said it was in talks with The Coca-Cola Co. over a potential distribution and marketing deal for the brand.