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  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet product retailer's shares up 15 percent. Jana Partners reported a 9.9 percent stake in PetSmart in a regulatory filing, making it the company's largest shareholder.

  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet products retailer's shares up 13 percent in premarket trading.

  • Earlier Standard General had loaned its American Apparel shares to Charney, according to regulatory documents, allowing him to boost his stake in the company from about 27 percent to 43 percent. Charney had hoped to gain majority control, but American Apparel countered with an anti-takeover plan that prompted him to change his strategy.

  • UPDATE 1-Fiber network company Zayo Group files for IPO Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    July 2- Fiber network company Zayo Group Holdings Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. The Boulder, Colorado- based company listed Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Goldman Sachs as lead underwriters for the IPO.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- U.S. U.S. companies hired 281,000 workers in June, marking the biggest monthly increase since November 2012, the ADP National Employment Report showed. "It was an unassailably good number- you couldn't fault it," said David Keeble, global head of interest rates strategy at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in New York.

  • First-half investment bank fees at highest since 2007 Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    *JPMorgan tops league table, earns fees of $3.4 bln. Global investment banking fees totalled $47.1 billion in the first six months of the year, compared to $42.2 billion last year, according to data from Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting. They were up 6 percent in the Americas and down 15 percent in Africa and the Middle East.

  • SAO PAULO, July 2- Mergers and acquisitions in Brazil are expected to gain steam by the year-end as economic and political risks ease, helping companies and private-equity firms scouring for takeover targets focus on tapping the country's long-term potential.

  • *ING will earn gross proceeds of 1.5 bln euros. AMSTERDAM, July 2- Shares in NN Group, the insurance arm of Dutch financial services company ING Group, rose more than 5 percent on their stock market debut on Wednesday, in what was set to be Europe's largest stock flotation so far this year.

  • HONG KONG/ SEOUL, July 2- Investment bankers are jostling to win plum roles from the founding Lee family of Samsung Group, South Korea's top fee-payer, as it prepares to hand the baton to the next generation in a restructuring that could land more than $100 million in advisory fees alone.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Some of the biggest global investors have started to pull back from riskier fixed-income assets even as the Federal Reserve keeps on a green light for risk. Loomis Sayles, GAM, and Standish are among those who say U.S. investment grade and high yield corporate bond prices have gone too far, making returns less compelling.

  • HONG KONG/ SEOUL, July 2- Investment bankers are jostling to win plum roles from the founding Lee family of Samsung Group, South Korea's top fee-payer, as it prepares to hand the baton to the next generation in a restructuring that could land more than $100 million in advisory fees alone.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Morgan Stanley wants to pay out a smaller portion of wealth management revenue to the retail brokers who generate it, the final and perhaps most difficult front in Chief Executive James Gorman's drive to reduce staff costs across the bank.

  • China Credit Trust Co Ltd's "Credit Equals Gold #2" wealth management product, which raised 1.3 billion yuan from investors in 2011, may face difficulties repaying them when the product matures on July 25, the China Securities Journal reported, citing a statement by the company to investors.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Morgan Stanley wants to pay out a smaller portion of wealth management revenue to the retail brokers who generate it, the final and perhaps most difficult front in Chief Executive James Gorman's drive to reduce staff costs across the bank.

  • June 30- A South Carolina jury on Monday awarded $8.1 million to a former adviser who sold his wealth management business to BB&T Corp and later alleged that the company mismanaged his retirement nest egg with a risky strategy, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokeswoman for BB&T Corp and a lawyer for the plaintiff declined to comment.

  • June 30- A jury in a South Carolina state court on Monday awarded $8.1 million to a former adviser who sold his wealth management business to BB&T Corp and later alleged that the bank mismanaged his retirement nest egg with a risky strategy, according to a person familiar with the matter.

  • *CSRC cracking down on insider trading at mutual funds. By Lu Jianxin and Pete Sweeney. SHANGHAI, July 1- A crackdown by Chinese regulators on insider trading in the country's $1.2 trillion mutual fund industry has sparked an exodus of fund managers from the industry.

  • Funds managed by Trian collectively own about 28.9 million shares, or about 2 percent, of BNY Mellon after adding to the stake in the first quarter, according to disclosures with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the person familiar with Trian's investment strategy. "Trian is a respected investment firm," BNY Mellon spokesman Kevin Heine said.

  • NEW YORK, June 30- Even as BlackRock Inc is set to amass $1 trillion in exchange-traded fund assets in its iShares business, U.S. retail investors increasingly prefer to send their money to low-cost leader Vanguard Group, highlighting a weak spot for the world's biggest money manager.

  • LONDON, June 29- While banks are dumping risky assets as regulation bites, asset managers are plugging the funding gap and using their growing clout in ways that could harm markets, the Bank for International Settlements says.