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  • BOSTON, March 31- Billionaire Steven A. Cohen's investments gained 7.5 percent in the first three months of 2015, according to a person familiar with the numbers, helping the former hedge fund manager extend his string of market-beating returns. The average hedge fund has gained 2.18 percent this year, research firm Hedge Fund Research reported.

  • WASHINGTON/ ZURICH, March 31- Swiss bank BSI has become the first of what is expected to be several dozen Switzerland- based private banks to reach a deal under a voluntary disclosure programme for tax-related offenses being run by the U.S. Department of Justice. Under a non-prosecution agreement signed on Monday, Lugano-based BSI will pay a $211 million penalty...

  • LONDON, March 31- Elliott Advisors, the rebel shareholder seeking a boardroom shake-up at Alliance Trust, rejected the trust's defence of its performance, costs and dividend policy on Tuesday, and reiterated calls for the election of three new directors. Using data from third parties including AIC, Bloomberg and MSCI, Elliott said that over all relevant return...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, who has spent more than two years accusing Herbalife Ltd of running a pyramid scheme, said on Monday that shutting down the company is "one of the most important things" he can do. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors' in Washington, Ackman said again that Herbalife has caused "enormous...

  • Ackman says shutting Herbalife down is key to him Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BOSTON, March 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, who has spent more than two years accusing Herbalife Ltd of running a pyramid scheme, said on Monday that shutting down the company is the most important thing he can do. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors' in Washington, Ackman said again that Herbalife preys on a "vulnerable population"...

  • *Pension funds move some hedge funds into equity portfolios. *Seeking protection from overheated equity markets. LONDON, March 30- Pension schemes are changing their attitudes to hedge funds, bringing some into their mainstream equity portfolios in order to access products that offer protection in overheated markets.

  • PARIS, March 30- U.S. hedge fund P. Schoenfeld Asset Management has accused French media group Vivendi of giving too much leeway to chairman and largest shareholder Vincent Bollore to boost his stake at "undervalued prices". PSAM, which says it owns 0.8 percent of Vivendi, is trying to rally other shareholders to vote for two resolutions at an upcoming annual...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Fidelity Investments, a major investor in DuPont, has put pressure on activist fund Trian Fund Management LP and the chemical conglomerate to reach a settlement in what it sees as a detrimental proxy fight, according to people close to the matter. Fidelity, whose 2.5 percent stake makes it DuPont's sixth largest shareholder, has not publicly...

  • SHANGHAI, March 30- China's once-struggling mutual fund industry is riding high on the country's surging stock market, with new funds snapped up in days by investors who long shunned shares as too risky. This marks a success for policymakers working to build confidence in equities and a relief for China's fund management industry. In January and February, 75...

  • Chevron exits Caltex Australia stake for $3.7 bln Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 10:35 PM ET

    PERTH, March 28- U.S. energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A $4.7 billion in Asia's biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins. Offshore institutional investor demand for the 50 percent stake in Australia's biggest refiner was strong, with bidding driving the final price to A $35 a share,...

  • CORRECTED- ARGENTINA'S SECURITIES REGULATOR SAYS ACTION AGAINST CITIBANK ARGENTINA IS DUE TO AGREEMENT WITH LITIGATING U.S.

  • They're not inclined to cut anyone else's salary, "said Barney Frank, the retired Massachusetts congressman, in a recent telephone interview. Frank cited leaders of top asset managers including BlackRock Inc, Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments, which are often among the largest shareholders of S&P 500 companies. A spokesman for BlackRock said its team...

  • Franc fallout sparks prime broking shake-out Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 11:19 AM ET

    The market's biggest player, Citigroup, has rationalised its client base, jettisoning a number of smaller customers, and rival top level banks have proved reticent in providing them with an alternative home, several market sources said. Other major players include Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Unless someone like JP...

  • LONDON, March 27- Emerging market stocks were trading lower on Friday and set for a weekly loss as a strong dollar lured investors away and worries about stability in the Middle East depressed investor sentiment. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.4 percent lower while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark eased 0.1 percent. "Oil has again taken centre stage as...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.6 percent, to 3,971.70, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent, to 3,691.10. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China Shipbuilding, down 2.0 percent to 10.23 yuan; China State Construction, up 3.0 percent to 7.22 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, down 0.3...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled to a two-week low on Friday, led by futures selling as hedge funds took profits from recent gains. The Nikkei benchmark fell 1.7 percent to 19,141.62 points after falling to as low as 19,099.87 in mid-afternoon trade, the lowest level since March 13. Exporters also suffered, with Toyota Motor Corp falling 2.0...

  • *China market on track to end the week up about 2 pct. SHANGHAI, March 27- China stocks rose on Friday morning, led by property shares which rose sharply on expectations of increased support, and bolstered by the government raising limits in its qualified investor scheme. The impact of poor economic data released on Friday- showing profits earned by Chinese...

  • March 26- Private equity firm Platinum Equity LLC is in advanced talks to buy PrimeSource Building Products Inc, the largest distributor of screws and nails in the United States, from Itochu Corp, according to people familiar with the matter. Reuters reported in November that Itochu, a Japanese trading house, had hired investment bank JPMorgan Chase& Co in an...

  • FUNDVIEW-Pre-IPO tech fund returns 28 pct in first year Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 PM ET

    March 26- The first mutual fund giving mom-and-pop investors easy access to the private market for tech startups turned a year old this week, capping a year of big gains and raising the question for would-be buyers: Is this a good deal or a danger? For $2,500, anyone can buy into the $32 million SharesPost 100 Fund, and get a portfolio of roughly 20 tech companies three...

  • *SanDisk tumbles after outlook cut, hits chipmakers. Semiconductor stocks were under pressure for a fourth straight session as SanDisk tumbled 18.1 percent to $66.47 after cutting its revenue outlook. The headwinds for SanDisk are company-specific according to King Lip, chief investment officer at Baker Avenue Asset Management in San Francisco.