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Diversified Financials Capital Markets

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Activist hedge funds recovered from a slow start last year, ending 2016 with sharp gains, spurred by a stock rally that followed the U.S. presidential election. Hedge fund managers who exclusively or partially manage an activist portfolio of stocks cited the election of President Donald Trump as a year-end boost and a likely tailwind for 2017,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Activist hedge funds recovered from a slow start last year, ending 2016 with sharp gains across the sector, spurred by a stock rally that followed the U.S. presidential election. Hedge fund managers that exclusively or partially manage an activist portfolio of stocks cited the election of President Donald Trump as a year-end boost and a likely...

  • *Europe, United States favourite destinations for investment. JERUSALEM, Feb 14- Israeli institutional investors are placing billions of dollars in foreign private equity funds after government reforms to encourage household savings brought an influx of cash. Insurance and retirement fund managers have seen their assets swell 50 percent in five years,...

  • BOSTON, Feb 14- Hedge fund manager Beau Taylor, who was originally backed by the Blackstone Group, and private equity investor Robb Turner are forming Madava Asset Management LLC, a new firm that will focus on energy investments. Trevor Woods, who has worked with Taylor since co-founding the hedge fund Taylor Woods in February 2011, is not joining the new firm,...

  • BOSTON, Feb 13- Harvard University added Brian Rogers, chief investment officer at T. Rowe Price Group Inc, to the board that oversees the investment of its $35.7 billion endowment, the Ivy League school said on Monday. Rogers joined the 11- member Harvard Management Company board at a critical time, just weeks after the school's investment arm announced sweeping...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 13- A pan-European "bad bank" is urgently needed, the head of Europe's banking regulator said on Monday, after Germany last month dismissed his proposal to tackle soured loans. The ratio of non-performing loans to total loans in European banks is 5.4 percent, about three times higher than other major regions, European Banking Authority Chairman...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 13- A pan-European "bad bank" is urgently needed, the head of Europe's banking regulator said on Monday, after Germany last month dismissed his proposal to tackle soured loans. The ratio of non-performing loans to total loans in European banks is 5.4 percent, about three times higher than other major regions, European Banking Authority Chairman...

  • BEIJING, Feb 13- China's asset management association has banned registration of private equity schemes for residential property investment in 16 cities where it says the market has overheated. The cities include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen, according to a notice published on Monday on the Wechat account of the Asset Management...

  • ASTANA, Feb 13- Kazakhstan plans to inject 2 trillion tenge into its state-owned' bad bank', the Problem Loans Fund, in order to buy distressed assets from local banks, central bank deputy chairman Oleg Smolyakov said on Monday. The International Monetary Fund said this month that resolving the issue of bad loans, some of which are yet to be recognized, is the main...