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  • Oct 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to a jump in M&A advisory fees and an increase in asset management revenue. Among the big deals Lazard advised on during the quarter were Siemens AG's $7.6 billion acquisition of oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc and chemical...

  • Lazard profit rises 48 pct on higher advisory fees Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    Oct 23- Lazard Ltd reported a 48 percent rise in quarterly profit due to a jump in advisory fees from higher M&A activity and an increase in asset management revenue. The company's net profit rose to $89 million, or 67 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $60 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier. Among the big deals Lazard advised on during the...

  • Oct 23- The Orange County Sanitation District, a wastewater treatment facility in California, became the latest institutional investor to move money away from bond giant Pimco, weeks after the shock departure of Pimco's CIO Bill Gross. The OCSD said its board on Wednesday unanimously approved the selection of Chandler Asset Management as its external...

  • They are also profitable: In the third quarter, BlackRock Inc, the biggest provider of the funds, made $850 million in fees from its iShares ETFs, 30 percent of the $2.8 billion in revenue it reported. Last week, Janus Capital Group announced the acquisition of exchange-traded fund provider VelocityShares and Reuters exclusively reported last week that Goldman...

  • Shares of Ares Management LP, the alternative asset manager that went public in May, closed on Tuesday about 12 percent below their IPO price of $19. Ares Management runs Ares Capital Corp and was the first U.S. private equity firm to go public in about two years. Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs were among the lead underwriters for Fifth Street's IPO.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 22- Some of the world's biggest banks and asset managers have asked the Hong Kong securities regulator to delay a landmark China stock trading link that could generate billions of dollars of trade a day due to uncertainty over the scheme rules, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The Hong Kong- Shanghai stock connect scheme, a milestone in the...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 22- Some of the world's biggest banks and asset managers have asked the Hong Kong securities regulator for more time to prepare for a landmark China stock trading link due to uncertainty over the rules of the scheme, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The Hong Kong- Shanghai stock connect scheme was widely expected to go live on Oct. 27, but the letter...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Apollo Global Management LLC plans to start raising between $2 billion and $3 billion for a second natural resources private equity fund, sources familiar with the situation said, in the latest sign that the firm is doubling down on the U.S. shale boom. The firm's first resources fund, the Apollo Natural Resources Partners, has now almost fully...

  • BOSTON, Oct 21- Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb told investors on Tuesday he urged U.S. biotechnology company Amgen Inc to split into two separate businesses, a move he said could boost its share price by more than 80 percent. "Our own extensive diligence suggests that a breakup of Amgen is feasible and that purported constraints such as tax strategy and supply...

  • BOSTON, Oct 20- Shares in Alpha Bank surged more than 13 percent on Monday after hedge fund manager David Einhorn recommended betting on Greek banks and against French debt. Speaking at the annual Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York, Einhorn recommended going long Alpha Bank and Piraeus Bank with warrants and shorting French debt as a hedge, according to...

  • New York, Oct 17- Suvretta Capital Management, founded by a former portfolio manager for billionaire investors George Soros and Steven A. Cohen, is generating net returns of 6 percent year-to-date, despite this week's stock market drop and wild gyrations, according to two sources familiar with the situation. The majority of flows into equity strategies over the...

  • Russell Investments, Ft. Lauderdale fund ax Pimco Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:49 AM ET
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    Russell Investments and the Fort Lauderdale Police & Fire Retirement System dropped PIMCO as their bond portfolios manager following the exit of Bill Gross.

  • Oct 17- Morgan Stanley reported an 87 percent rise in third-quarter earnings as the Wall Street bank's trading and wealth management businesses benefited from increased client activity. Morgan Stanley's shares rose 5.7 percent to $34.40 in premarket trading on Friday. The stable fee income Morgan Stanley receives for advising individuals on their...

  • Morgan Stanley profit jumps 87 pct Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    Oct 17- Morgan Stanley reported an 87 percent rise in third-quarter earnings as the Wall Street bank's trading and wealth management businesses benefited from increased client activity. Net income attributable to common shareholders rose to $1.65 billion, or 84 cents per share, in the three months ended Sept.30 from $880 million, or 45 cents per share, a year...

  • Goldman Sachs in talks to buy ETF provider: Sources Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:37 PM ET

    Goldman Sachs is in discussions to acquire IndexIQ, an exchange-traded fund provider, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- Russell Investments and the Fort Lauderdale Police& Fire Retirement System said on Thursday they dropped Pacific Investment Management Co as the manager of their bond portfolios following the departure of Bill Gross in late September. Gross, who managed the Pimco Total Return Fund and co-founded the firm over 40 years ago, resigned on Sept. 26 to...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- A former analyst at a San Francisco hedge fund who prosecutors say engaged in an "unparalleled" spree of tipping inside information he obtained from an executive at Foundry Networks Inc was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison. District Judge Robert Patterson in Manhattan to pay $653,890 in fines and forfeitures for his role in a...

  • Oct 16- Goldman Sachs Group is in discussions to acquire IndexIQ, a Rye Brook, New York- based exchange-traded fund provider, according to three sources familiar with the situation. In September, Goldman sought permission from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce a series of actively managed ETFs 1/ 8 ID: nL2N0RN1N7 3/ 4. However, if Goldman were...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- Short seller Carson Block, the founder of research firm Muddy Waters LLC who has exposed accounting problems at a slew of Chinese companies, said on Thursday that he is seriously considering launching a hedge fund investment firm. "We are more so than ever very seriously considering becoming a fund manager, but it would not be the same sort of Muddy...

  • *Third-quarter ENI 66 cents per share; Wall Street view 72 cents. Oct 16- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, on Thursday reported lower-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but said it was well positioned to profit from market jitters and put more of its $42.3 billion in undrawn investor capital to work. Blackstone, whose...