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  • Oil Futures Climb to Near $76 on U.S. Inventory Decline Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    Oil prices jumped on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed a draw in crude inventories as refiners' utilization increased.

  • KKR Irks Wall Street With Tough Stance on Buyout Debt Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | 8:10 AM ET

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the legendary leveraged buyout firm known for its tough deal tactics, is living up to its image, to the growing frustration of Wall Street. KKR, with four major buyout deals in the debt pipeline, is refusing to budge on lending terms agreed to with investment banks, even as debt investors show a weakening appetite

  • Oil rose Tuesday afternoon to well over $73 per barrel -- after sinking more than $1 below $73 a barrel earlier in the day. The slide was attributed to further assurances from OPEC that it would pump more crude if needed, as well as expectations of higher U.S. fuel stockpiles.

  • Australian Banks Count Exposure to Ailing Hedge Fund Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | 1:27 AM ET

    The fund management arms of some of Australia's biggest banks are scrambling to assess more than $264 million in exposures to troubled local hedge fund Basis Capital, which has lost heavily in bets gone wrong in the U.S. subprime crisis.

  • Oil fell below the $75-per-barrel mark on Monday, as some funds booked profits after OPEC expressed concern over near-record prices -- and pledged to pump more crude if needed.

  • Australia Hedge Fund Warns of Investor Losses Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 10:00 PM ET

    Troubled Australian hedge fund Basis Capital has warned investors they may only get half their money back and has appointed an accounting firm to help manage a sale of assets, according to media reports.

  • The failure by Man Group to raise its target share price through the IPO of its former brokerage arm, MF Global, may indicate a glut of supply in the alternatives space and reflect risk aversion from investors on the back of the subprime mortgage meltdown, industry insiders said.

  • Lampert: Is Safeway In Buyout Sights Instead of Macy's? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 12:08 PM ET

    Eddie Lampert's name is thrown around a lot these days whenever speculation of a buyout in the retail sector comes to the front of the rumor mill. Today, his name is once again surfacing but this time his Sears Holdings is being linked to rumors of a buyout of grocer Safeway, not a Macy's LBO.

  • Target: What Will Ackman Do With Increased Shares? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 10:37 AM ET

    As we told you here on this blog last week, Pershing Square Capital Management upped its stake in Target beyond +5%. Per the SEC regulatory filing made Monday, Bill Ackman increased his stake in TGT to 9.6% of shares outstanding.

  • Bear Stearns's two troubled hedge funds that bet heavily on risky subprime loans are "essentially worthless," CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Ackman Reports 9.6% Stake in Target Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 10:23 AM ET

    Activist investor William Ackman reported owning a 9.6% stake of Target in a regulatory filing early Monday, confirming news reports that drove up the discount retailer's share price last week.

  • It has been a sizzling week for markets in Asia, with Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea all closing at lifetime highs.  But what goes up must come down.   In this week’s A Fund Affair, our guest writer, Mah Ching Cheng, Research Manager at Fundsupermart.com, takes a look at the signals that markets give off just before a downturn. Mah shares her opinion with us.

  • Target

    A source very close to the situation confirmed to me that Pershing Square Capital--a fund run by activist investor Bill Ackman--has been buying stock in discounter Target and has accumulated more than five percent of outstanding shares. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing of that purchase is expected to be made next week.

  • Buffett, Murdoch, Among Allen Conference Biz Leaders Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 11:46 AM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    It's been a whirlwind here at the Allen & co. Conference--watching and interviewing all the biggest names in the media world. Everyone's paying close attention to Rupert Murdoch. He rushed into the Sun Valley Inn Wednesday morning just in time for breakfast. .

  • Hedge Funds Need Not Fear Congress, Says Chanos Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 3:10 PM ET

    Congress is holding three different hearings Wednesday to weigh increasing regulations and taxes on private equity and hedge funds. So why is James Chanos, founder and president of Kynikos Associates, so calm? He joined "Morning Call" to explain why he doesn't fear "heavy-handed" legislative actions.

  • Hedge Fund Tax Hike? Senator Grassley Undecided Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 12:59 PM ET

    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa and ranking Republican member on the Senate Finance Committee, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that he hasn’t yet decided if raising taxes on hedge funds is a good idea.

  • Who is Rating the Ratings Agencies? Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 12:41 PM ET

    A fine old storm we cooked up on the show this morning, and as is often the case the viewers were asking some of the toughest questions. Why had it taken the ratings agencies so long to decide some subprime debt needed reviewing? What else could be out there and are the agencies playing catch up?

  • Irwin Latner, hedge-fund lawyer and partner at Herrick Feinstein, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that the risk of over-regulating hedge funds is now greater than the need for more controls. ... But Christian Weller, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, said Congress is simply gathering information to assess the risk posed by hedge funds.

  • Hedge Funds, Private Equity Under Congressional Microscope Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 12:05 PM ET

    The rapid growth of hedge funds could pose risks to financial stability if market participants fail to strengthen risk management practices, Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh said on Wednesday. Separately, technology industry representatives warned lawmakers on Wednesday that efforts to increase taxes on private equity funds could create a harmful ripple throughout the economy, drying up the capital that spurs innovation.

  • Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that proposals to boost the tax rate on carried interest are “nothing but a tax on innovation and job creation in America.”  “This just goes back to Economics 101,” the GOP congressman said Wednesday. “If you raise the price of something -- the price of putting your capital at risk and provide a disincentive to risk-based investment in this country -- you’re going to have less of it.”

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