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  • July 21- Activist investor Elliott Management Corp has taken a $1 billion stake in EMC Corp and plans to push it to spin off virtualization software unit VMware Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Hedge funds piled into what seemed a one-way bet in early June, grabbing up oil contracts as the rapid advance of Islamist insurgents in northern Iraq threatened supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer at the same time that peak summer demand was approaching.

  • July 17- Standard General, a little-known hedge fund that has taken the reins of American Apparel Inc, has mapped out a recovery plan for the retailer with or without its ousted Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney. Consider its passive investment in RadioShack's stock, which has fallen about 69 percent this year.

  • July 17- Standard General, a little-known hedge fund that has taken the reins of American Apparel, has mapped out a recovery plan for the retailer with or without its ousted Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney.

  • NEW YORK, July 16- Billionaire investor John Paulson on Wednesday called Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc a "very serious acquirer" and predicted that Allergan Inc cannot rebuff the drug maker on its own.

  • Hedge fund manager Cooperman says market gains will slow Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 16- Hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman, who has forecast that the Standard& Poor's 500 stock index will hit 2000 this year, cautioned on Wednesday that gains will be slower as the market is more fairly valued now.

  • KKR buys into money-minting energy hedge fund Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:46 AM ET
    Henry Kravis, co-founder of KKR

    Private equity firm KKR continues to expand its offerings, this time buying a stake in hedge fund firm BlackGold.

  • July 9- Struggling apparel and accessories retailer American Apparel Inc said it has reached a deal with hedge fund Standard General LP and founder Dov Charney to remake its board and bolster finances.

  • PE power player takes center stage     Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group CEO, reveals where he is seeing global opportunities.

  • Private equity M&A: Still a risky game Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    Deal fever, combined with private equity exits, have led to warnings of a market top. Is it just a matter of time before scalps are claimed?

  • Picking private equity plums     Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    David Fann, TorreyCove Capital Partners, says investors need to be selective when investing in private equity. And Mark Okada, Highland Capital, shares his thoughts.

  • Strong gains in its top holdings, including Canadian Pacific, Air Products& Chemicals and Burger King Worldwide helped fuel the rise. Ackman has spent much of June trying to convince pharmaceutical company Allergan, in which he is the biggest investor, to sell itself to rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals, with which he is working to negotiate a deal.

  • *PetSmart shares rise as much as 15 pct. July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, underlining troubles at the pet product retailer. Jana Partners reported a 9.9 percent stake in PetSmart, making it the company's largest shareholder.

  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet product retailer's shares up 15 percent. Jana Partners reported a 9.9 percent stake in PetSmart in a regulatory filing, making it the company's largest shareholder.

  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet products retailer's shares up 13 percent in premarket trading.

  • Lululemon founder talks possible buyout: Report Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 7:11 AM ET
    A woman wearing Lululemon Athletica clothing leads a yoga class in Miami Beach, Florida

    The Lululemon founder's advisers have been talking to private-equity firms to find out if they are interested in buying the yoga gear maker, the WSJ reported.

  • Michael Abraham, co-head of private equity sponsors at UBS, says leverage in the private equity sector is rising "rapidly" to "concerning levels".

  • Earlier Standard General had loaned its American Apparel shares to Charney, according to regulatory documents, allowing him to boost his stake in the company from about 27 percent to 43 percent. Charney had hoped to gain majority control, but American Apparel countered with an anti-takeover plan that prompted him to change his strategy.

  • Cutting the mustard: Ex-Heinz CEO off to PE shop Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 3:37 PM ET
    William Johnson in February, 2013.

    William Johnson, the former chairman, CEO and president of Heinz, is joining buyout shop Advent as a consultant.

  • Ex-CalPERS head to plead guilty Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 1:39 PM ET
    Signage stands outside the offices of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers) in Sacramento, California.

    The former head of the largest public pension system is set to plead guilty for illegally steering private equity placement fees to a friend.