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  • NEW YORK, April 17- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, reported a 30 percent rise in first-quarter earnings, driven by strong gains in its private equity arm that more than offset small declines in its real estate unit.

  • Hedge funds avoid 'widespread liquidation': Pro Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    There are surprisingly few signs that equity hedge funds have made big changes to their portfolios following losses.

  • Hedge funds get clobbered by 'diabolical' market Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Hedge funds continued to be burned in April by volatility in tech and other stocks following losses in March.

  • LONDON, April 17- Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London- based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros, four sources close to the deal told Reuters.

  • Blackstone 1Q net income up 58 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    An adjusted profit measure favored by the private equity industry— economic net income, which strips out charges tied to employee stock grants from Blackstone's 2007 initial public offering of stock— rose 30 percent to $813.9 million, or 70 cents per unit, from $628.3 million, or 55 cents per unit.

  • Shares of Travelocity owner Sabre rise after IPO Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    DALLAS— Shares of Sabre Corp. ended higher Thursday, but the provider of technology services to the travel industry raised less money than it had projected in its initial public offering. Private-equity owners TPG and Silver Lake will keep about 80 percent of the company, which the IPO valued at around $4 billion.

  • Hedge funds suffer worst start to year since 2008 Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:28 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 16, 2014.

    Hedge funds have suffered their worst start to the year in performance terms since the financial crisis, as returns in March and January were both in the red.

  • Bain Capital raises $7.3 bln for flagship fund -sources Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    April 17- Bain Capital LLC has raised $7.3 billion from investors and its dealmakers for its next flagship fund, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, underscoring the favorable fundraising environment for established private equity firms.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Sompo Japan Insurance and Nipponkoa Insurance, already run as one entity ahead of their merger in September, plan to invest "tens of billions of yen" in new areas such as energy, environment and infrastructure, mainly through private equity funds, company officials said.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Sompo Japan Insurance and Nipponkoa Insurance, already run as one entity ahead of their merger in September, plan to invest "tens of billions of yen" in new areas, such as energy, environment and infrastructure, mainly through private equity funds, company officials said.

  • Carlyle's Africa fund is getting huge interest Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:43 PM ET
    Construction of a new road past an advertisement for a new development of residential apartments in Nairobi, Kenya, March 1, 2013.

    Carlyle has raised $698 million for its dedicated Africa fund, nearly $200 million above its initial target.

  • April 16- London- based Armajaro Asset Management lost nearly a quarter of assets at its largest commodities fund in the first quarter, the latest sign that edgy investors have continued to withdraw cash from the sector after weak returns, documents show.

  • April 16- London- based Armajaro Asset Management lost nearly a quarter of assets at its largest commodities fund in the first quarter, the latest sign that edgy investors have continued to withdraw cash from the sector after weak returns, documents show.

  • LONDON, April 16- United Nations economists who previously called for government intervention to tame volatile swings in commodity prices say banks and hedge funds have since reduced their influence to the lowest level since 2008..

  • Ackman gives $17M to Harvard to study behavior Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:34 PM ET
    Bill Ackman

    Bill Ackman wants the world to have a better understanding of why people act the way they do.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 15- Fundraising by private-equity and venture capital firms in Brazil is expected to rise this year, a senior industry executive said, which could help propel new acquisitions in the infrastructure, logistics and information technology sectors.

  • Data from industry tracker Eurekahedge showed hedge funds in Europe managed a record $476.2 billion by the end of March, surpassing the previous high of $473 billion hit in October 2007, as investors look to tap into the region's gradual recovery.

  • Outlook for pensions is pretty awful: Bridgewater Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:17 PM ET
    People, mostly union and retired city workers, protest in front of the U.S. Courthouse, October 23, 2013, Detroit, Michigan.

    An estimated 85 percent of public pensions could fail in 30 years, according to controversial new research by Bridgewater Associates.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- The abrupt firing of Symantec Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Bennett last month is attracting activist investors and private equity firms to the U.S. security software maker, in a development that could potentially lead to its breakup or sale, sources familiar with the situation said.

  • April 15- Hedge fund Elliott Management reaffirmed its $3.36 billion offer for network gear maker Riverbed Technology Inc after being rebuffed twice, saying it remained "extremely interested" in acquiring the company. The stock had touched a high of $22.76 in February after Elliot raised its initial bid by $2 to $21 per share.

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