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  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- A former stock broker pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges stemming from a conspiracy to engage in insider trading ahead of a 2009 acquisition by IBM Corp..

  • SEATTLE, Dec 19- The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission charged two Seattle men on Thursday with 35 counts of illegally trading on private Microsoft Corp information, which prosecutors said netted the pair more than $390,000 in illicit profits over an 18- month period.

  • Neuberger Berman starts second alternative mutual fund Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 5:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- Neuberger Berman Group LLC has launched its second mutual fund that employs external hedge fund managers to manage its assets, the New York- based investment firm said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Dec 19- The collapse of FX Concepts, once the world's biggest currency hedge fund, is symptomatic of the dramatic decline in a once-profitable sector that faces another tough year in 2014 at the mercy of central bank policy.

  • *Fed to cut monthly stimulus to $75 bln. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Gold fell about 1 percent in choppy trade on Wednesday, after the U.S. In what amounts to the beginning of the end of its unprecedented support for the U.S. economy, the central bank said it would reduce its monthly asset purchases by $10 billion, bringing them down to $75 billion.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold rises in choppy trade after Fed decision Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 3:07 PM ET

    *Gold initially falls before rebounding, tracking equities. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Gold rose on Wednesday, extending gains after the U.S. Gold prices initially fell in a knee-jerk response, but it quickly rebounded, tracking the equity market, while the dollar fell against the euro.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. "The five-year note auction was terrible," said John Canavan, analyst at Stone& McCarthy Research Associates in Princeton, New Jersey.

  • TPG Capital LP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Leonard Green& Partners LP, which took IMS private in 2010 for $5.2 billion, including debt, chose JPMorgan as the lead underwriter after interviewing investment banks late last week, the people said.

  • IMS Health hires JPMorgan to lead IPO -sources Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 6:05 PM ET

    TPG Capital LP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Leonard Green& Partners LP, which bought IMS in 2010 for $5.2 billion, including debt, chose JPMorgan as the lead underwriter after interviewing investment banks late last week, the people said.

  • *Gold, oil fall after recent push. NEW YORK, Dec 17- Stock prices dipped and the dollar ended little changed on Tuesday as the U.S. "The most recent data has pulled forward expectations on when tapering could start," said Hayes Miller, who helps oversee about $57 billion as head of asset allocation in North America at Baring Asset Management in Boston.

  • Dec 17- Commodity assets lost $88 billion in value through November, the largest decline for the first 11 months of the year on record, from a combination of investor exits and from price drops that took place mostly in gold, Barclays said on Tuesday.

  • Dec 17- Commodity assets lost $88 billion in value through November, the largest decline for the first 11 months of the year on record, from a combination of investor exits and from price drops that took place mostly in gold, Barclays said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- European shares fell on Tuesday, resuming a downward slide seen for much of this month as the U.S. CGG shares plummeted 16.9 percent in massive volumes, on track for their biggest one-day percentage drop in five years, also hitting rivals like Technip.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- European shares fell on Tuesday, resuming a downward slide seen for much of this month as the U.S. CGG shares plummeted 15.4 percent in massive volumes, on track for their biggest one-day percentage drop in five years, and hitting rivals like Technip.

  • Dec 17- Investment bank Jefferies Group LLC, now part of Leucadia National Corp, reported a 68 percent jump in quarterly profit as investment banking revenue almost doubled. Jefferies, which kicks off the reporting season for investment banks, is often viewed as an indicator of performance at Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- The number of investors who think the dollar is cheap has hit its highest level since August 2008, encouraging asset managers to avoid emerging market assets, commodities and the yen, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • European shares slip; CGG tumbles 15 pct Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 7:13 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 17- European shares fell on Tuesday, trimming some of the previous session's gains, before a two-day Federal Reserve meeting where the central bank may decide to start tapering down its monetary stimulus.

  • European shares fall; CGG tumbles 14 pct Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 4:10 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 17- European shares fell on Tuesday, trimming some of the previous session's gains as investors were on edge ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting at which the central bank could decide to start trimming its stimulus.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- A preliminary analysis of a new trove of hedge fund data has found that the industry may not be as risky as conventionally thought, a U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday.

  • BOSTON, Dec 16- Herbalife Ltd on Monday said a new audit yielded no changes to its financial statements, sending its shares up by more than 9 percent and dealing a blow to hedge fund manager William Ackman, who is betting against the stock. Herbalife shares surged 9.4 percent to end regular trading at $74.83, up 127 percent year to date.

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