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  • European pension funds lobby Oracle on pay, governance Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:12 PM ET

    Jan 25- Two European pension funds have written a letter to Oracle Corp complaining about leading shareholder Larry Ellison's large influence over the U.S. business software company and urging it to allow outsider shareholders a greater say in the company's unpopular pay policies. In a letter addressed to the Oracle board that was seen by Reuters, the...

  • LONDON, Jan 25- The growing ranks of the super rich and their increased appetite for risk have caught the eye of investment bankers. Traditionally focused on companies and institutions, investment banks are hiring staff and reorganising teams to cater to wealthy clans, from Chinese multi-millionaires to old world dynasties in Europe and the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- The billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygård, escalating a long-running battle between the owners of neighboring properties in an exclusive gated community in the Bahamas. Nygård "caused these brazen lies to be published with actual malice and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- Issuance of green bonds for companies working on battling climate change are booming, but investors say the label needs safeguards against bogus proposals that could sour retail buyers and wealth advisers just starting to tune into the securities. "The market is at a critical juncture, and it is important that certain standards and certain...

  • Jan 23- General Electric Co reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly industrial profit on Friday as its businesses that sell power-generating turbines and jet engines helped offset weak sales in its oil and gas unit. "It's going to be an albatross... as long as energy prices stay low," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Asset Management.

  • *UPS shares fall after outlook, Starbucks up on results. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stocks fell modestly on Friday, pressured by some disappointing results from major multinational companies which offset optimism triggered by the European Central Bank's recent decision to buy bonds and boost euro zone growth. United Parcel Service Inc gave a fourth-quarter...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Janus Capital Group Inc's new star bond fund manager also turns out to be one of the fund firm's top investors. Shares of the Denver company rose 11 percent on Thursday after fourth-quarter earnings came in above expectations with the help of new hire Bill Gross, even as it acknowledged that half the money in his fund came from Gross himself.

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Jan 22- Irish cement maker CRH and a consortium led by Blackstone are battling for assets which Lafarge and Holcim must sell ahead of their planned merger, several people familiar with the matter said. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak demand.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • Janus profit up after Gross helps bring inflows Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    Denver asset manager Janus Capital Group said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Asset manager Janus Capital Group said on Thursday that fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after its hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross helped it reach its first quarter of net deposits since 2009.. Denver- based Janus reported net income of $46.7 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with $38.3 million, or 21 cents per share, a year...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Denver asset manager Janus Capital Group said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after its hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross helped it reach its first quarter of net deposits since 2009.. Janus on Thursday reported net income of $46.7 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with $38.3 million, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • European shares pause for breath before ECB decision Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:44 AM ET

    PARIS/ LONDON, Jan 22- European shares paused on Thursday after a sharp five-day rally as investors waited to see the size and shape of a bond-buying programme the European Central Bank is expected to unveil later. Euro zone banks have been among the top gainers ahead of today's ECB meeting, with Societe Generale, UniCredit and Mediobanca all up about 11 percent in...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • UPDATE 1-Raymond James revenue slips from prior quarter Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 21- Brokerage and investment bank Raymond James Financial Inc said on Wednesday its fiscal first-quarter revenues totaled $1.25 billion, a 6 percent rise over last year, but a 3 percent drop from the record high revenue posted in the prior quarter. The St. Petersburg, Florida- based company reported net income of $126.3 million, or 87 cents per share, for...

  • Raymond James fiscal 1st-qtr revenues up 6 pct Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 21- Brokerage and investment bank Raymond James Financial Inc said on Wednesday its fiscal first-quarter revenues totaled $1.25 billion, up 6 percent from last year, but down 3 percent from the previous quarter due to a seasonal slowdown. The St. Petersburg, Florida- based company reported net income of $126.3 million, or 87 cents per share, for the...

  • Uber to raise $1.6 billion in convertible debt-source Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:02 PM ET

    Jan 21- Online ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc has raised $1.6 billion in convertible debt from wealth management clients of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. The U.S. car service, which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button, plans to use the money to build its presence in international markets,...

  • Jan 21- TD Ameritrade Holding Corp's quarterly profit rose 9.9 percent from a year earlier on strong trading by clients and fees from new money they deposited into their brokerage accounts. Low interest rates are pressuring money that TD Ameritrade and other discount brokers reap by investing cash held in client accounts. TD Ameritrade's net interest margin,...

  • By Denny Thomas HONG KONG, Jan 21- Investment banking fees surged to a seven-year high of $90.1 billion in 2014, driven by deals in North Asia and Southern Europe, with the huge North American market offering ballast in a sector increasingly expected to see some wobbles this year. Fees for deals done in North Asia leapt 28 percent to $7.4 billion while Southern...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Jan 20- COMAC Capital is returning money to outside investors after suffering heavy losses on a currency trade last week, becoming the second hedge fund in less than a week to take dramatic steps after being battered by the Swiss franc's unexpected surge. The London- based firm's $1.2 billion COMAC Global Macro fund lost 8.0 percent when the Swiss...