NEW YORK, April 18- Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, on Friday lost a bid to dismiss some of the insider trading charges leveled against him last year. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that the indictment adequately alleged the essential elements of the crimes charged.» Read More
Startup investments totaled $9.47 billion in the first three months of the year, up from $6.01 billion in the first quarter of 2013. It was the highest since the second quarter of 2001, when investments reached $11.5 billion. Since March, shares of companies such as Netflix, Twitter and Facebook have sagged.
*Copper futures slip after 1 pct gain in previous session. *Spot premiums at 600- 750 yuan/ tonne- analyst. SINGAPORE, April 18- Shanghai copper futures slipped on Friday after jumping the most in 2-1/ 2 weeks, but premiums in the spot market rose to their highest this year indicating growing demand in top consumer China.
*Safe-haven bids on yen unwound on hopes for Ukraine initiative. TOKYO, April 18- The yen slipped to 10- day lows against the dollar on Friday after speculators unwound some safe-haven trades following upbeat U.S. economic data and on hopes for a diplomatic initiative seeking an end to violence in Ukraine.
April 17- High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial Inc has not set a date to go to market with its initial public offering at this time, according to a person familiar with the matter. Shares of KCG Holdings, a firm that engages in electronic market making practices similar to Virtu, are down 16.7 percent since the beginning of April.
April 17- High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial Inc has indefinitely postponed its initial public offering plans, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The move comes as high-frequency trading is under intense scrutiny, following the release of author Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt".
*U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday, stalling below $100 a barrel after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union jointly called for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.
Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.33 billion to $912.96 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.
*Signs of diplomacy seen to ending violence in Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 17- The yen fell on Thursday as efforts toward finding a diplomatic solution to ending violence in eastern Ukraine prompted traders to trim safe-haven yen holdings ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.
Coffee for July delivery jumped 15.25 cents, or 8.1 percent, to $2.04 per pound. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, accounting for about a third of global production, according to the International Coffee Organization. Coffee in Brazil isn't harvested until June.
NEW YORK— Two Chinese Internet companies, a sporting goods retailer and a travel software provider rose in their stock market debuts Thursday.
*Wheat gains on weather concerns, exports. CHICAGO, April 17- U.S. wheat futures firmed on Thursday, supported by short-covering, concerns that a recent cold snap in key growing areas damaged some of the crop and worries that grain shipments from the Black Sea could be disrupted by political unrest in Ukraine, traders said.
April 17- Companies looking to go public in the United States will have to temper their expectations as investors begin to question valuations in a crowded market. Sabre Corp, the airline ticketing technology provider that also owns online travel agency Travelocity, sold fewer shares than expected and priced them below the targeted range.
NEW YORK— Maybe the middle child really should be the favorite. Just like families sometimes overlook the middle kid, investors all too often pay attention to just the smallest and largest stocks. "It really does represent the sweet spot," says Mariana Connelly, a client portfolio manager at J.P.
NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.
*Wheat firms on weather concerns, exports. Corn and soybeans eased, with soy setting back on some mild profit taking after bigger-than-expected crush data sparked a rally that pushed prices to a nine-month high earlier in the week.
US 10- YEAR TREASURIES YIELDS RISE TO SESSION HIGHS OF 2.71 PERCENT AS UKRAINE TENSION EASES.
BRENT CRUDE OIL FUTURES TURN NEGATIVE AFTER STATEMENT SAYS ALL SIDES AGREE TO DE-ESCALATE UKRAINE TENSION.
NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region expanded in April at a faster clip than expected.
US 30- YEAR TREASURIES BONDS EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS RISE TO 3.50 PERCENT.
NICOSIA, Cyprus— Bailed-out Cyprus says it will issue six-year government bonds every month starting in June as a first step to returning more permanently to international markets after a three-year absence.