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  • Feb 17- Ford Motor Co appointed auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa group vice president, global strategy, as part of its plan to accelerate its "One Ford" strategy. Casesa, whose appointment is effective March 1, will report to Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields. He has been ranked as an "All-Star" 11 times by Institutional Investor magazine, Ford said, adding...

  • 'Grexit' risks rise but compromise seen still possible Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    ATHENS, Feb 17- The chances of Greece being forced out of the euro zone have risen but a compromise agreement between Athens and its European partners is still possible, Greek media and investment banks said on Tuesday. Talks in Brussels between Greece and the rest of Dijsselbloem's Eurogroup broke down on Monday when Athens rejected a proposal to request a...

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to use its $56 billion cash pile to fund growth including acquisitions, the tech giant's investor relations chief said, even as more shareholders clamor for bigger dividends. While the South Korean company's profit declined in 2014 for the first time in three years as its lead in smartphones was challenged by Apple...

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to use its $56 billion cash pile to fund growth including acquisitions, the tech giant's investor relations chief said, even as more shareholders clamour for bigger dividends. While the South Korean company's profit declined in 2014 for the first time in three years as its lead in smartphones was challenged by Apple...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- International regulators struggling to rein in the $5 trillion- a-day global foreign exchange market are finally finding some support from asset managers warming to the idea of moving more trading onto exchanges. "We are talking to people who are planning to shift 10-20 percent of their portfolios to some form of exchange-based or cleared...

  • *About 40 pct of hedge funds closures globally in Europe. *Europe funds lag U.S. peer performance for eighth year. LONDON, Feb 16- Hedge funds in Europe are shutting down at the fastest-ever pace as rising costs, weak performance and a slowdown in the pace of new investment leads some embattled founders to bail out.

  • LONDON, Feb 16- Asset managers, often vocal campaigners against inflated city wages, have seen their own pay packets grow by a fifth since the 2007 financial crisis, even as banker pay dropped by a quarter, according to new analysis. Asset managers now earn on average $263,000 compared with $288,000 for investment bankers, an analysis of the public records of 12...

  • Dividend growth likely to slow after record 2014 Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 16- A record-breaking year for dividends in 2014 is unlikely to be followed by much growth this year as a slump in oil prices and a surging U.S. dollar cast a shadow over payouts from energy and emerging markets companies, a new report has said. Asset-manager Henderson Global Investors said on Monday it expected global dividends to rise by 0.8 percent to...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- Third Point, one of the hedge fund industry's most closely watched funds, increased its stake in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba during the fourth quarter, according to a regulatory filing late on Friday. Third Point, run by Daniel Loeb, increased its stake in Alibaba by 38.9 percent to 10 million shares. Alibaba's record $25 billion initial public...

  • Hedge fund Third Point increases stake in Alibaba Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 13- Hedge fund Third Point increased its stake in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba during the fourth quarter, according to a regulatory filing late on Friday. Third Point, run by Daniel Loeb, increased its stake in Alibaba by 38.9 percent to 10 million shares. Alibaba's record $25 billion initial public offering was met with great fanfare last year,...

  • TORONTO, Feb 13- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world's biggest dealmakers, expects to find more acquisition opportunities in the months ahead as global market volatility plays to its advantage, its chief executive said on Friday. CPPIB is the world's fourth largest pension fund and 12th largest fund, according to consultancy Towers...

  • TORONTO, Feb 13- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world's biggest pension funds, on Friday reported gross investment returns of 3.3 percent for its fiscal third quarter as strength in global equity markets boosted returns. CPPIB, which manages Canada's national pension fund and is a major global dealmaker, ended the quarter with net assets of...

  • LONDON, Feb 13- Emerging stocks hit a one-week high on Friday and headed for their second consecutive weekly gain, as a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine and signs of compromise in Greece's debt negotiations boosted investor sentiment. The MSCI emerging stocks index was up more than 1 percent, following a 1.5 percent gain in Asia. Driving the optimism was a...

  • RPT-China's CIC bought Tokyo landmark property-advisers Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 6:09 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 12- China's sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp provided most of the capital for a more than $1 billion purchase of Tokyo's landmark property Meguro Gajoen from Mori Trust Co, in China's largest investment in Japanese property, advisers said. Mori Trust bought the complex in August from U.S. investment fund Lone Star for about 130 billion yen.

  • HEDGE FUND GLENVIEW'S ROBBINS LISTS MCDONALDS AS A FAVORITE PICK, SAYS TRIMS HOSPITAL SECTOR STOCKS.

  • BOSTON, Feb 12- Fidelity Investments said on Thursday operating profit rose 29 percent to $3.4 billion in 2014, but investors made $16 billion in net withdrawals from equity products, or more than double the amount the previous year. Fidelity continues to be undercut by a wave of money flowing into passively run funds, mostly ones overseen by Vanguard Group, the...

  • Though some portfolio managers including Pimco and Van Eck Global have pared their exposure in recent months, Venezuela remains among the largest positions for U.S. funds that focus on emerging market debt. The $4.6 billion TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund also has kept an overweight position, with 5 percent of assets invested in Venezuela.

  • UPDATE 1-Sun Life posts lower profit, says 2015 on track Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    TORONTO, Feb 11- Sun Life Financial reported a lower fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, but the Canadian insurer said it was on track to exceed its 2015 earnings target. Sun Life reported net income of C $502 million, or 81 Canadian cents a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of C $550 million, or 90 Canadian cents a share, a year earlier.

  • UK may follow U.S. lead if pursues HSBC over tax Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 11- British authorities may follow a trail set by their U.S. counterparts in investigating allegations that HSBC's Swiss private bank helped its customers dodge taxes, lawyers say. Any prosecution against the bank or individuals could hinge on whether HSBC's Swiss private banking unit sent staff to the UK and advised clients on how to evade British...

  • Belgian judge withdraws arrest threat for HSBC directors Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 11- HSBC has offered to co-operate with Belgian authorities and as a result a judge has withdrawn his threat to issue international arrest warrants against senior directors of its Swiss private banking arm, Brussels prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Belgian judge has charged the HSBC unit with tax fraud and money laundering, accusing it of...