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  • *Oil importer Egypt outperforms; GB Auto soars again. Brent crude fell to its lowest level in almost six years and traded below $46 per barrel on Tuesday as the United Arab Emirates defended OPEC's decision not to cut output to tackle a glut in the market. "The markets fell very steeply in the fourth quarter and hence investors think there is value in this market," said...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- Pacific Investment Management Co has named Marc Seidner, chief investment officer for non-traditional strategies, lead portfolio manager of the Pimco Unconstrained Bond Fund, the firm said in a regulatory filing on Monday. However, the Pimco Unconstrained Bond Fund, which co-founder Bill Gross took over in December 2013 up until his stunning...

  • Jan 12- A group of hedge fund creditors of Caesars Entertainment Corp sought on Monday to force its main operating unit into bankruptcy and to appoint an independent examiner to investigate what they allege was the plundering of the company. The involuntary bankruptcy petition was filed by affiliates of Appaloosa Management, Oaktree Capital Management and...

  • LONDON, Jan 12- Hedge funds have raised the number of their bets on a rise in the price of Brent crude to the highest since July, data showed on Monday, as speculators position for a possible rebound in oil prices following a near 60 percent collapse. Funds and other large speculators have been adding to positions betting on higher prices since October, even as prices...

  • *Egypt's GB Auto soars on rights issue, investment plans. DUBAI, Jan 12- Gulf stock markets ran out of steam on Monday after several strong sessions as oil prices fell by more than $1 a barrel, although positive fourth-quarter corporate earnings supported individual stocks. Brent crude traded below $49 after analysts at Goldman Sachs cut their average forecast...

  • LONDON, Jan 12- Hedge funds have raised their bets on a rise in the price of Brent crude to the highest since July, data from ICE showed on Monday, as speculators position for a possible rebound in oil prices following the near 60 percent collapse in the last seven months. That is the biggest net long, or the difference between bets on rising and falling prices, since...

  • Judge Victor Marrero of U.S. District Court in Manhattan wrote in an opinion that granting Stefan Buck a hearing in his absence while he remained in Switzerland would encourage others to flee prosecution. Buck, who was head of private banking at Zurich- based Bank Frey& Co, asked for a bail hearing in November in an unusual court filing through his New York lawyer.

  • Roughly two years after promising to donate his personal winnings from his controversial $1 billion bet against nutritional and weight-loss company Herbalife Ltd., the hedge fund titan is making good on the pledge with a $10 million donation to a scholarship charity, his foundation said. Herbalife stock closed 2015' s first week of trading down 12 percent at...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, which Pimco co-founder Bill Gross started managing in October, attracted $176 million of inflows in December, down considerably from an estimated $770 million in the previous month, according to Morningstar data released on Friday. Janus Capital Group Inc drew overall inflows of $440 million in...

  • Vanguard execs issue warning on risks of deflation Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    Executives at Vanguard Group warned that deflation is a real risk for the global economy while downplaying inflation concerns for the United States.

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The collapse in the oil price attracted bargain hunters to energy exchange-traded products in 2014, with inflows leaping in December even as the sell-off in oil intensified, global data from BlackRock and ETF Securities showed. Investors in the United States accounted for about 85 percent of the $3 billion- plus inflow into energy ETPs globally,...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The downgrading of Tesco's debt to "junk" status could limit its negotiating power on potential asset sales as Britain's biggest retailer embarks on the long-awaited recovery plan designed to reverse its sliding fortunes. The move marks another fall from grace for Britain's biggest private employer, a staple of British pension funds that was...

  • BOSTON, Jan 9- Big European and American banks have found a productive place to park the energy sector's most distressed debt: the $2.7 trillion U.S. money market industry. Barclays Bank plc, Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo and others get overnight and short-term loans from companies that run money market mutual funds such as Fidelity Investments, BlackRock Inc,...

  • Jan 8- Executives at Vanguard Group, the No. 1 U.S. mutual fund company, said on Thursday deflation is a real risk for the global economy while downplaying inflation concerns for the United States. 'Vanguard Chief Investment Officer Tim Buckley said during a live webcast. "Once you're in the cycle, it very difficult to get out," Vanguard Chairman William McNabb added.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 8- Pimco, the bond fund manager, is expanding its presence in equity management with seven new stock strategies in partnership with asset manager Research Affiliates LLC. Pacific Investment Management Co and Research Affiliates are both based in Newport Beach, California. Pimco, a unit of Munich- based insurer Allianz SE, had $1.87 trillion in assets...

  • RENOWNED OIL TRADER ANDY HALL'S ASTENBECK HEDGE FUND GAINS 10 PCT IN 2014 FOR BEST YEAR SINCE 2010- INVESTOR LETTER.

  • Investors turn more cautious on "Frontier" debt Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    Within the diverse group of economies, which ranges from Belarus and Belize to Egypt and Pakistan, interest is likely to shift in 2015 towards energy importing nations that will benefit from cheaper crude, and away from oil exporters. Debt issuance by frontier countries is a small proportion of the total for emerging markets, which are dominated by bigger names...

  • Most of Bill Gross's Janus money came from... Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 6:49 AM ET
    Bill Gross during CNBC interview

    More than 60 percent of the money raised by Bill Gross for Janus Capital came from a Morgan Stanley wealth management office.

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Commodities were the worst performing asset class for the third year running in 2014.. Investors, including some of the world's largest pension funds, have seen billions of dollars of wealth disappear as a result of investing in commodity index products over the last decade. "Facts and fantasies about commodity futures," first published in 2004 by...

  • Jan 8- New York's financial regulator sent a subpoena to the Medley Opportunity Fund II last week as he investigates the hedge fund's ties to payday lending, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of Department of Financial Services, is seeking records from the fund on its investments in payday lenders,...