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  • PetSmart to consider selling itself Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    Bowing to pressure from investors, PetSmart Inc. said Tuesday that it is considering putting itself up for sale. Investment firm Longview Asset Management and hedge fund Jana Partners have both called on PetSmart to sell itself, a move they say would benefit shareholders.

  • ISDA delays Argentina CDS auction until September Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    ISDA's 15-member determinations committee voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone the auction until at least after Sept. 2.

  • California environmentalist shakes up Florida race Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A California billionaire environmentalist is pouring millions of dollars into the Florida governor's race to buy television ads attacking Gov. Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer has put both Scott and the Florida Republican Party on the defensive, prompting them to hit back with their own ads attacking Steyer as a hypocrite.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Private equity firm Apax Partners LLP is exploring a sale of U.S. healthcare information technology company TriZetto Corp, hoping to fetch as much as $3 billion including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • KPS Capital to sell Waupaca Foundry for $1.3B Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners plans to sell automotive industry supplier Waupaca Foundry Inc. to Japan's Hitachi Metals Ltd. for $1.3 billion in cash. Waupaca makes gray and ductile iron castings and supplies the automotive, commercial vehicle, agriculture, construction and industrial markets and employs about 3,900 people.

  • Dubai creates new fund class to lure asset managers Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    *Aims to compete with Luxembourg, Dublin and Cayman Islands. DUBAI, Aug 19- Dubai is changing its financial rules in an effort to attract more asset managers- particularly those serving the richest and most risk-tolerant investors, such as hedge funds and private equity funds- to base themselves in the emirate.

  • Hedge funds love…Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman? Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:48 PM ET
    Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn

    Investment managers love bets made by both billionaire activists, according to a new analysis of top hedge fund stock positions.

  • BOSTON, Aug 18- Thomas Conheeney, who was president of Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors during the years the hedge fund was being investigated for insider trading, has stepped down from the position at successor organization Point72 Asset Management, Point72 said on Monday.

  • FINRA charges Wedbush Securities with violations Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    The logo for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is displayed in front of the New York office.

    FINRA charged Wedbush Securities with having shoddy risk controls, a flaw that allowed traders to flood U.S. markets and execute manipulative trades.

  • BOSTON, Aug 18- Thomas Conheeney, who was president of Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors during the years the hedge fund was being investigated for insider trading, has stepped down and left successor organization Point72 Asset Management, it said on Monday.

  • Steve Cohen is losing his top lieutenant Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    Steven A. Cohen

    Tom Conheeney, the longtime president of SAC Capital, is stepping down from the No. 2 spot at the former hedge fund's successor company, Point72.

  • Sensata Technologies to buy Schrader in $1 bln deal Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    Aug 18- Sensors and electrical controls maker Sensata Technologies Holding NV said on Monday its unit would buy Schrader group of companies from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for an enterprise value of $1 billion.

  • *Spot rate and c.bank guidance rate rarely trade together. SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Aug 18- China's central bank and currency traders have found rare consensus on the yuan's value after months of widely divergent pricing, but analysts are divided about whether the current accord signifies a genuine relaxation of control by Beijing.

  • BOSTON, Aug 14- Billionaire investor William Ackman, who often says he is flattered when others follow him into a stock he likes, was joined by several prominent hedge funds that made new bets on takeover target Allergan Inc during the second quarter.

  • Aug 14- Pershing Square Capital Management LP, the hedge fund firm run by William Ackman, has sued the U.S. government, claiming that its stripping of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's profit illegally short changes investors in the mortgage companies' common stock.

  • Aug 14- Top U.S. hedge fund managers did some shopping for shares of discount retailer Dollar General Corp and drug store operator Walgreen Co in the second quarter.

  • Paulson holds onto gold ETF, Soros adds gold miners Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Hedge fund Paulson & Co maintained its stake in the world's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, in the second quarter.

  • Daniel Loeb's Third Point added 1 million shares of Dollar General, raising his stake by 33 percent, while Blue Ridge Capital, founded by Tiger Cub John Griffin, nearly doubled its stake in Walgreen when it bought 2.8 million shares.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 14- The hedge funds suing Argentina over its 2002 debt default are an "international mafia" out to wreck the country's finances, the government said on Thursday, pumping up the rhetoric in a battle that is squeezing the struggling Argentine economy.

  • PARIS, Aug 14- French private equity firm Ardian and Chinese conglomerate Fosun International said they would withdraw their offer for resort operator Club Mediterranee, leaving the way clear for a bid by Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi.