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  • LONDON, March 4- Smaller asset managers and hedge funds will drive an increase in the use of computer-driven equity trading strategies in 2014 as brokerages cut back on the services they offer to less profitable clients, a study shows.

  • March 3- Mutual fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Fairholme Capital Management, is pressing the boards of the mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to let investors have a bigger say in how the companies are run.

  • Alibaba.com's headquarters in Hangzhou, China

    Last June, an affiliate of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made an offer to its hundreds of millions of users: Give us your cash, and we will pay more than Chinese banks wil

  • The net-long position held by hedge funds and speculators in arabica fell by 16 percent, or 3,859 contracts, to 20,236 contracts at Tuesday's close to finish the week to February 25 at 20,236 contracts, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- Stocks on Wall Street zoomed to a record high on Friday, shrugging off a revised downward estimate to U.S. growth, while the euro hit its highest level this year after inflation in Europe stabilized, cooling expectations of looser monetary policy.

  • *Will invest jointly with Canada's OMERS, Japan's DBJ. TOKYO, Feb 28- Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest, reported a 4.73 percent return on investments in the October-December quarter, thanks to gains in Japanese stocks and an increase in the value of its foreign assets due to a weaker yen.

  • Feb 27- Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb is mounting a proxy fight at Sotheby's with the goal of winning three board seats after the auction house's promise to return $450 million to shareholders failed to appease activist investors.

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offset concerns over tension in Ukraine and Russia. "Markets are showing some relief that monetary policy may remain loose and that the Fed is clearly taking a pragmatic view quarter by quarter," said Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management in Geneva.

  • Feb 26- The chief investment officer of Calpers, the largest pension fund in the United States, has died after a battle with cancer, his office said on Wednesday. Joe Dear, diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, had been on leave from the California Public Employees' Retirement System since last month for treatment.

  • Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to renew federal funding for transportation programs, and the Highway Trust Fund that helps pay for road and bridge projects is teetering on insolvency.

  • SAFT ON WEALTH-Managers improve, but scale kills Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    Feb 26- Fund managers are getting better, but active fund management is getting worse. Yes, I realize that is a bit like saying improved medical care is causing us to lose more patients, but this is indeed the upshot of new research and it should put investors in a quandary.

  • Treasury sells $32 billion of 2- year notes. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. Insurance companies and pension funds with extended investment horizons were likely buyers of the 30- year Treasuries, according to rate-strategist Boris Rjavinski at UBS in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Bank of Montreal reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Tuesday on strong wealth management and domestic banking profits, and executives said they expect the uneven performance of BMO's U.S. unit to eventually improve.

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Bank of Montreal reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Tuesday after a strong performance in its wealth management business and growth in domestic banking profits in spite of worries about a slowing housing market.

  • *Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. *Men's Wearhouse raises offer for Jos. Gains were broad, with nine of the 10 S&P 500 sectors up on the day and a number of bellwethers, including Caterpillar Inc and Merck& Co, hitting 52- week highs.

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 hits record in broad market rally Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    *Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. *Men's Wearhouse raises offer for Jos. RF Micro Devices Inc agreed to buy TriQuint Semiconductor Inc for about $1.6 billion, while Men's Wearhouse Inc raised its cash tender offer for rival men's clothing retailer Jos.

  • Gasoline, natural gas and soybeans were other commodities that attracted huge buying during the week that ended Feb. 18, according to the data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • *G Asset Management offers to buy stake in Barnes& Noble or Nook. *Groupon shares drop after company forecasts loss. NEW YORK, Feb 21- U.S. stocks slipped on Friday on options-related trading, with the S&P 500 facing resistance as it flirts with its record high even as economic data continues to underwhelm.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 21- When big name U.S. hedge fund managers disclosed their fourth-quarter stock holdings last week, a couple of exchange-traded fund companies took particular note. Global X Funds and AlphaClone LLC both offer ETFs that mimic the stock picks of high-priced hedge funds.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 21- Investment firm G Asset Management said on Friday that it had offered to buy a 51 percent stake in either Barnes& Noble Inc or in the bookseller's Nook digital business. The little known firm said the proposal for Barnes& Noble as a whole would be for $22 per share, which would value the top U.S. bookstore chain at $1.32 billion.