A federal judge said Monday that he hopes to rule by Feb. 19 on whether to approve a $150 million settlement between Bank of America Corp. and the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's disclosures before its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co.

At a hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in Manhattan said he has additional questions that he plans to submit to the parties about the pact, which was announced last Thursday.

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