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  • 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.

  • March 26- U.S. public pension funds investments saw their growth rekindle, rising to $3.34 trillion in the fourth quarter after suffering a slight setback in their rise the previous quarter, U.S. Census data showed on Thursday. The latest results, fueled by higher earnings, were just shy of the $3.37 trillion all-time high set in the second quarter of 2014..

  • March 26- U.S. public pension funds investments saw their growth restart, rising to $3.34 trillion in the fourth quarter after suffering a slight setback in their rise the previous quarter, U.S. Census data showed on Thursday. The latest results, fueled by higher earnings, were just shy of the $3.37 trillion all-time high set in the second quarter of 2014..

  • PUBLIC PENSION FUND INVESTMENTS GREW TO $3.34 TRILLION IN FOURTH QUARTER- U.S.

  • LONDON, March 26- The Bank of England said on Thursday that it planned to quiz British asset managers about whether they could cope with a flood of investors asking for their money back in times of market stress. The call came in a quarterly statement from the BoE's Financial Policy Committee, chaired by Governor Mark Carney, which was set up two years ago to spot...

  • *Kuwait, Oman biggest losers after closing at peak of sell-offs. DUBAI, March 26- Most Middle East stock markets fell on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region launched air strikes against Yemen's Houthi militia, but they came well off their lows late in the day as the initial panic subsided. Yemen's slide toward civil war has made the country a...

  • China quietly drops limit on foreign fund investments Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:55 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 26- China's foreign exchange regulator granted a foreign fund management company a quota of more than $1 billion on inbound portfolio investment for the first time on Thursday, in a move toward increasing international use of the yuan currency. Hitherto, only foreign central banks, monetary authorities and sovereign wealth funds had been...

  • DUBAI, March 26- Economies and markets in the wealthy Gulf oil exporters barely blinked when Islamist militants overran parts of neighbouring Iraq last year, and they look likely to ride out escalating conflict in Yemen with similar ease. Air strikes against Houthi forces in Yemen by Saudi Arabia on Thursday raised the prospect of a proxy war, with Shi'ite Iran...

  • Net new money from the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, amounted to 26.7 billion Swiss francs over the last four quarters, compared with $10 billion in the Americas, the bank's latest financial report shows. "We do expect wealth creation to be a big theme in China," he said. According to the Boston Consultancy Group, private financial wealth in China, where the...

  • BEIJING, March 26- The outstanding amount of China's dollar-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor prgoramme rose to $72.1 billion as of March 26, China's currency regulator said on Thursday. The quota was worth $69.7 bln at the end of February. The QFII program was created years ago by China to allow foreigners to invest in Chinese capital...

  • March 25- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, is looking to invest in infrastructure projects in Mexico, according to sources familiar with the situation. As Mexico has opened up to foreign capital in recent years, BlackRock's infrastructure investment group sees an opportunity and is setting up a team of specialists to work out of its Mexico City...

  • Whitman, the founder of Whitman Capital LLC in Menlo Park, California, is serving a two-year prison term for his August 2012 conviction on securities fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he profited in trading in shares of Google Inc and video-conferencing company Polycom Inc based on illegal tips from people like former Intel Corp employee Roomy...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The board that oversees New Jersey's nearly $80 billion public pension fund is moving ahead with an investment of up to $100 million in a private equity firm whose chairman gave millions to a political group once headed by Gov. The State Investment Council decided Wednesday to invest money with Denver- based KSL Capital Partners, whose chairman,...

  • NEW YORK, March 25- Unsecured creditors of MF Global Holdings' failed brokerage unit may soon receive $461 million in repayment, raising recoveries to 72 percent of claims lodged when it collapsed in 2011, the firm's trustee said on Wednesday. Trustee James Giddens filed court papers seeking a New York bankruptcy judge's approval for the payout.

  • ZURICH, March 25- Swiss bank Vontobel said it had the firepower for more deals, after agreeing to buy a majority stake in Britain's TwentyFour Asset Management and announcing takeover talks for a German-based asset manager. Zurich- based Vontobel has been restrained in acquisitions since buying Commerzbank's Swiss arm in 2009, despite stressing it has the...

  • HOUSTON, March 24- Despite a 50 percent slide in crude prices since last summer, U.S. shale oil producers are enjoying remarkably easy access to capital markets and this will allow them to avoid getting squeezed when banks reset their loans in April. "Because the capital markets are so good companies that are more worried about their borrowing base are able to......