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Diversified Financials Capital Markets

  • Feb 16- Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. has reached an agreement with hedge fund Sessa Capital to add two directors to the real estate investment trust's board. The agreement ends a long feud between the company and the hedge fund, which launched a proxy fight against it last year and was close to launching another before the two sides entered settlement talks.

  • RIYADH, Feb 16- The Saudi Stock Exchange appointed Sarah Al-Suhaimi, chief executive of investment bank NCB Capital, as its first female chair on Thursday, in a sign of change in the conservative society. Suhaimi, who became the first female chief executive of a Saudi investment bank when she took that post at NCB Capital in 2014, is one of only a few women with a top...

  • RIYADH, Feb 16- The Saudi Stock Exchange appointed Sarah Al-Suhaimi, chief executive of investment bank NCB Capital, as its first female chair on Thursday, in a sign of change in the conservative society. Suhaimi, who became the first female chief executive of a Saudi investment bank when she took that post at NCB Capital in 2014, is one of only a few women with a top...

  • BOSTON, Feb 16- Fidelity Investments said on Thursday its financial services operating profit rose 19.5 percent to $3.5 billion in 2016 despite massive withdrawals of investor money from its actively managed stock funds. Revenue totaled $15.9 billion in 2016, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2015, according to Boston- based Fidelity, which is controlled by...

  • PARIS, Feb 16- Hedge fund operator TCI Fund Management said on Thursday it had the support of several other investment firms in its protest against aero engines maker Safran's agreed bid for seats manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace. But we are not looking to act in concert with them, "said TCI partner Jonathan Amouyal, speaking to Reuters by telephone.

  • Feb 16- Snap Inc, owner of the popular messaging app Snapchat, is seeking a valuation of between $16.20 billion and $18.52 billion in its highly awaited initial public offering. "I think that the lower proposed valuation reflects feedback from institutional investors that the higher valuation is hard to justify," Jay Ritter, IPO expert and professor at the...

  • Feb 16- Hong Kong stocks closed at an 18- month high on Thursday, with sentiment boosted by Wall Street's ongoing rally and demand from China. Analysts said sustained southbound inflows had helped the Hong Kong stock market. Robert Di, founding partner of hedge fund manager RPower Capital, said the outlook on Hong Kong stocks was improving, and the enthusiasm...

  • Feb 15- Procter& Gamble Co, maker of Tide detergent and Gillette razors, will face ever greater pressure to slice costs and slow-growing divisions now that activist investor Trian Partners is a major shareholder. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Trian currently holds more than $3 billion of P&G's stock. Bernstein Research said in January 2016...

  • Feb 15- A former Los Angeles investment banker was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday for his role in a stock manipulation scheme, resolving one of two criminal cases facing the man once dubbed "Porn's New King." Jason Galanis, 46, admitted last year to securities fraud, investment adviser fraud and two conspiracy charges in...

  • Feb 15- Procter& Gamble Co, maker of Tide detergent and Gillette razors, will face ever greater pressure to slice costs and slow-growing divisions now that activist investor Trian Partners is a major shareholder. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Trian currently holds more than $3 billion of P&G's stock. Bernstein Research said in January 2016...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Morgan Stanley's chief U.S. equity strategist, Adam Parker, is leaving the company, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Parker is joining hedge fund Eminence Capital, according to a person familiar with the matter. Peter Santoro, who had been head of global equities trading, is leaving for Millennium Partners, Reuters...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Morgan Stanley's chief U.S. equity strategist, Adam Parker, is leaving the firm, according to an internal memo from the company on Tuesday seen by Reuters. Parker is joining hedge fund Eminence Capital as its director of quantitative strategy, according to a person familiar with the matter who declined to be identified because the matter was...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 15- Grupo BTG Pactual SA will keep high capital ratios in coming quarters to prepare Latin America's No. 1 independent investment bank to grow in core activities, following a dramatic balance sheet downsizing last year, Chief Executive Officer Roberto Sallouti said on Thursday. The regulatory capital ratio at BTG Pactual's core banking unit rose...

  • *Total investment banking fee fell 6 pct in India in 2016. HONG KONG/ MUMBAI, Feb 15- BofA Merrill Lynch, UBS and Standard Chartered are among banks scrambling to win advisory roles in a potential merger involving Vodafone in India, sources said, as they chase a rare big deals-related payday in the country. That is about 10 percent of the total investment banking fee...

  • Feb 14- U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management Corp has dissolved its stake in advertising company Interpublic Group of Companies Inc, a regulatory filing showed on Tuesday. In July 2014, the hedge fund run by Paul Singer said it had bought a 6.7 percent stake in Interpublic. http://reut.rs/2kR2D8Y. A 13- F fling with U.S. regulators on Nov. 14, 2016, showed Elliott held a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Top U.S. hedge funds trimmed bets on a group of closely-watched technology stocks in the fourth quarter in an apparent effort to cut their losses following Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election victory, regulatory filings showed. An analysis of nine hedge funds, including Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors and Daniel Loeb's Third Point,...

  • OSLO, Feb 15- Investors and insurers with more than $2.8 trillion in assets under management on Wednesday called on the Group of 20 economies to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 despite U.S. doubts about climate change. They included Actiam, Aegon Asset Management, Aviva Investors, KBI Global Investors, La Francaise, Legal and General and Trillium Asset...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Bob Shearer, who manages one of BlackRock Inc's largest funds, is planning to leave the world's biggest asset manager later this year, executives said in a memo on Tuesday. Shearer is a managing director and lead portfolio manager for the nearly $22 billion BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund, BlackRock's third-largest mutual fund and its biggest...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Several big-name U.S. hedge fund investors in the fourth quarter moved significant parts of their portfolios into financial and pharmaceutical stocks that are expected to benefit under the Trump administration, helping to power the sector to its best January performance in four years. Omega Advisors, run by Leon Cooperman and Steven Einhorn,...

  • BOSTON, Feb 14- Hedge fund manager Scott Ferguson, who has been a director on the board of design software maker Autodesk for nearly year, plans to leave the board as soon as a new chief executive is selected. "Upon appointment of the new CEO, I have agreed to step down from my position as a director, and the company has agreed to name a new mutually agreeable director to...