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  • SAO PAULO, Feb 25- Grupo BTG Pactual SA, Latin America's largest independent investment bank, missed fourth-quarter profit estimates on Wednesday after trading income fell short of forecasts and loan-loss provisions soared as a large client fell in arrears. Corporate lending, a key revenue line, fell to 97 million reais, the lowest in more than three years, as BTG...

  • CARACAS, Feb 25- Venezuela will ask British bank HSBC Holdings PLC for a list of state officials who have accounts in its Swiss subsidiary, a prosecutor said on Wednesday, following media reports that Venezuelans were among the bank's leading clients. Venezuela and its citizens had some $14.8 billion in assets in HSBC's Swiss private banking arm in 2007, the...

  • WILMINGTON, Del., Feb 25- RadioShack Corp got approval on Wednesday from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to auction about 2,000 stores with an initial $200 million bid from the Standard General hedge fund. Wednesday's hearing was the first time the bankrupt company has put an estimated value on the sale agreement with Standard General, which will keep about half of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- A former hedge fund manager who provided evidence for dozens of insider trading convictions, including that of Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, avoided prison on Wednesday at his sentencing in Manhattan federal court. Thomas Hardin, who previously ran Lanexa Management LLC, pleaded guilty in 2010 to conspiracy and securities...

  • *Decline in Apple weighs on S&P and Nasdaq. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Wall Street lagged a rise in global markets on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closing slightly lower even as energy shares gained along with a surge in oil prices. On Wall Street, a sharp drop in shares of Apple Inc took a toll on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but the Dow marked another record closing high,...

  • MONTREAL, Feb 25- Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada's second-largest pension fund manager, reported solid returns for 2014 on Wednesday and said it is counting on strong returns from infrastructure and real estate investments to drive growth in the face of what may be tumultuous market conditions ahead. The Caisse, which manages public pension...

  • Brokerage firms file an average of five reports each per year, a number that is "disconcerting" and "far too low" given the and industry's volume of transactions, said Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC Division of Enforcement, in prepared remarks. The SEC is considering enforcement cases against brokerages whose reporting efforts fall short, Ceresney said at an...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- A former analyst for hedge fund Two Sigma Investments pleaded guilty in New York state court on Tuesday to stealing proprietary trading models from his employer. "Computer source codes and proprietary trading methods are often the lifeblood of a company's business model, and stealing them is a crime," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar was up slightly against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, almost erasing earlier gains as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offered no commitment as to when the U.S. central bank might raise interest rates. It's very cautious and very couched, "said Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management in New York.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Assets managed by activist hedge funds have surged six-fold in the last 10 years to $120 billion, according to a study released on Tuesday, showing the rise in popularity of some of the most vocal investors. The study by the Alternative Investment Management Association found activist hedge funds on average hold a stock for about two years,...

  • *RBS under pressure to focus on lending in Britain. LONDON/ HONG KONG, Feb 24- Royal Bank of Scotland will hand restructuring chief Rory Cullinan the task of overseeing another major scaling back of its investment bank, sources told Reuters, allowing it to focus on lending to British households and businesses. Chief Executive Ross McEwan said last year that he...

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension expectations Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly 4 years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Volatile Greek banking stocks were the top gainers across Europe, with...

  • Are EU capital markets getting US makeover? Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 5:40 AM ET
    Are EU capital markets getting US makeover?

    Is Europe moving closer to a U.S. style model in terms of capital markets? Huw Pill, chief European economist and co-head of the economics team at Goldman Sachs, gives his thoughts.

  • PARIS, Feb 21- U.S. real estate investment management firm CBRE Global Investors aims to raise 1.2 billion euros by selling 10 shopping malls in France and Belgium, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. Le Figaro said CBRE, which has $90.6 billion of assets under management, wanted to sell the malls because the fund for which it was operating them matures this...

  • Feb 20- Two former Barclays stockbrokers can keep nearly $4 million in signing bonuses, an arbitration panel has ruled, handing down a rare rebuke of a controversial recruiting practice common among brokerage firms. Barclays had tried to claw back the bonuses from brokers Ileana Platt and Rafael Urquidi after the pair filed a claim with Financial Industry...

  • HLSS Servicer Advance Receivables Trust, a key funding source for Ocwen and a unit of Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd, was served a notice last month. Ocwen and Home Loan Servicing Solutions said on Wednesday that no other noteholders agree with BlueMountain's allegations. Ocwen shares were down about 2 percent at 9.83 in afternoon trade on the New York Stock...

  • *Rouble slips as fighting continues in east Ukraine. LONDON, Feb 20- Emerging equities were poised to end the week in the red on Friday and most currencies weakened, pressured by jitters over Greece's future in the euro zone, the Ukraine crisis and a stronger dollar. But the rouble weakened 0.42 percent against the dollar, as fighting continued to rage in eastern...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 19- The chairman of the U.S. National Futures Association, who led the regulator during broker scandals that rocked confidence in the industry, was re-elected on Thursday but told Reuters he plans to step down after that term ends. Hehmeyer, the non-executive director of Wedbush Futures, served as NFA chairman when broker Peregrine Financial Group...

  • LONDON, Feb 19- Britain's Financial Conduct Authority said on Thursday it will review competition in investment banking and corporate banking services, citing "unanswered questions about potential conflicts of interest and value for money in this market." Personal accounts and small business banking is already the subject to a full investigation by...

  • LONDON, Feb 19- Britain's financial watchdog will launch its first review of competition in investment banking and corporate banking services, saying the benefits of improvements could be high. The Financial Conduct Authority said that banks that were bundling and cross-selling their services could be making it difficult for new entrants to compete.