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  • 1 percenters bullish despite 'failed' Obama: Wien Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    Byron Wien

    Some of the most powerful members of the business and investing community think the American economy is going to be just fine.

  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives.

  • Aug 28- Johnson& Johnson plans to seek a buyer for its medical device maker business, Cordis Corp, The Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter. Earlier this year, J&J sold another of its units, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc to private-equity firm Carlyle Group for $4.15 billion.

  • Car parts distributor Transtar up for sale -sources Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:36 PM ET

    Transtar's owner, private equity firm Friedman Fleischer& Lowe LLC, has hired investment banks Bank of America Corp and Harris Williams& Co to run an auction for the company, the people said this week. Friedman Fleischer& Lowe, Transtar and Bank of America declined to comment.

  • Why you should avoid the hottest hedge fund hands Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:01 PM ET
    Pershing Square Capital Management CEO Bill Ackman pauses during an interview in New York.

    Investing with top performing managers after a great run is probably a bad idea, according to a new study of long-term hedge fund performance.

  • Aug 28- Private equity firm Lion Capital LLP has told American Apparel Inc that it is exercising its right to fill one of the two vacant board seats it controls at the apparel retailer, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Ebola a long term 'blip' for Africa investors Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    A nurse wears a special uniform to be protected from the Ebola virus at a state hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in August 2014.

    American investors aren't panicked about the re-emergence of Ebola in Africa, at least in the long term.

  • *China developers seeking new capital sources as liquidity tightens. HONG KONG, Aug 27- Global private equity firm Carlyle Group is in talks with China Vanke Co Ltd to acquire some of Vanke's commercial properties through assets or shares acquisition, the biggest Chinese property developer said on Thursday.

  • *China developers seeking new capital sources as liquidity tightens. HONG KONG, Aug 27- Global private equity firm Carlyle Group is in advanced talks with China Vanke Co Ltd, the country's largest property developer, to buy stakes in nine of its shopping malls, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27- Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves said on Wednesday hedge fund founder and former central bank chief Arminio Fraga would be his finance minister if he wins an Oct. 5 election.

  • *Rokos suing Brevan Howard to overturn non-compete agreement. *Brevan Howard says Rokos seeks to avoid "responsibilities". Rokos's surname is represented by the letter R in Brevan Howard and he was marketed by the firm as a "star trader" who was paid $900 million during his stint at the hedge fund.

  • Leucadia backs SAC alum despite previous scandal Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 10:12 AM ET
    Richard Handler, chairman and chief executive officer of Jefferies Group Inc.

    Jefferies is backing a former senior SAC executive despite its own struggle with insider trading at an internal hedge fund.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The U.S. S&P 500 stock index broke through the landmark 2,000 level on Monday, marking a six-year rally which has benefited many Americans from Wall Street to Main Street. "I continue to think this bull market has several years to go," said Steven Einhorn, vice chairman of hedge fund Omega, which manages $10.5 billion.

  • *Engine Capital says Ann could fetch as much as $2.52 bln. Engine Capital LP, which along with Red Alder LLC controls "in excess of 1 percent" of Ann's stock, said in a joint letter to the company that Ann would be worth $50- $55 per share to a private equity firm or even more to a "strategic buyer".

  • U.S. S&P 500 stock index hits 2,000 milestone Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 25- The U.S. S&P 500 stock index broke through the landmark 2,000 level on Monday, marking a six year rally which has benefitted many Americans from Wall Street to Main Street. "I continue to think this bull market has several years to go," said Steven Einhorn, vice chairman of hedge fund Omega, which manages $10.5 billion.

  • Pressure for sale at Ann Taylor grows more intense Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    Engine Capital LP and its partner Red Alder LLC sent a letter Monday to the New York company urging the board to consider a sale, among other options. Engine Capital believes the company, which also owns Loft stores, is an "an incredibly suitable candidate" for private equity, particularly given the advantageous financial conditions right now.

  • Aug 25- Private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners said it would buy container maker Berlin Packaging LLC for $1.43 billion from Bahrain- based investment firm Investcorp Bank BSC. Chicago- based Berlin Packaging, founded in 1898, makes rigid plastic, glass and metal containers.

  • Ackman, Loeb, other activists not finished: Pros Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Bill Ackman

    Hedge funds that bet on corporate shake-ups have long been industry darlings, and clients remain bullish despite July losses.

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Aug 22- Investors owning 31 percent of Allergan shares have asked the Botox maker to call a special shareholder meeting, activist shareholder William Ackman said on Friday, giving the hedge fund manager a victory in his fight to acquire the Botox maker.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 22- Neustar Inc, a company which helps North American telecommunication carriers route calls and text messages, is considering a potential sale amid interest from private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter.