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  • April 17- Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, reported a 30 percent rise in first-quarter earnings, driven by strong gains in its private equity arm that more than offset small declines in its real estate unit.

  • Moelis & Co. prices initial public offering at $25 Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Moelis& Co. priced its initial public offering at $25 per share, which was below expectations. The New York investment bank plans to offer 6.5 million shares to raise $162.5 million.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- The abrupt firing of Symantec Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Bennett last month is attracting activist investors and private equity firms to the U.S. security software maker, in a development that could potentially lead to its breakup or sale, sources familiar with the situation said.

  • April 14- A Chinese consortium bought the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru from Glencore Xstrata for $6 billion, the high end of analysts' forecasts in China's biggest acquisition of a mine, showing the strength of its long-term need for copper.

  • April 10- Rentech Inc, which processes wood fibre, said Blackstone Group LP's credit arm would invest $150 million in the company in return for two board seats, sending its shares up as much as 19 percent.

  • April 10- Rentech Inc, which processes wood fibre, said Blackstone Group LP's credit arm would invest $150 million in the company in return for two board seats. Rentech shares rose as much as 19 percent to $2.15 in morning trade on Thursday.

  • Shares of Blackstone-backed La Quinta up in debut Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 11:29 AM ET
    La Quinta hotels.

    Shares of La Quinta fell as much as 2 percent in their trading debut on Wednesday, though they later rebounded and rose slightly.

  • *Shares open at $16.75, below IPO price of $17. La Quinta's shares, which priced below the expected range at $17, fell as much as 4 percent in early trading before recovering their losses to trade slightly up.

  • Shares of Blackstone-backed La Quinta fall in debut Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    La Quinta raised $650 million from the offering of 38.25 million shares, which priced slightly below the expected range at $17 per share. La Quinta's shares opened at $16.75 and touched a low of $16.65 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, valuing the company at $2.04 billion.

  • US stocks rally on Fed minutes, earnings news Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. Facebook rose the most in the S&P 500, jumping 7.3 percent, followed closely by biotech company Vertex Pharmaceuticals, up 7 percent.

  • La Quinta raises about $651M from IPO Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    IRVING, Texas— Hotel operator La Quinta Holdings Inc. has raised approximately $651 million from an initial public offering of its common stock. La Quinta is giving the underwriters a 30- day option to buy up to an additional 5.7 million shares.

  • April 8- The initial public offering of La Quinta Holdings, owned by the Blackstone Group, was priced at $17 per share on Tuesday, valuing the hotel chain at about $2.1 billion. La Quinta's IPO raised $650 million, after its offering of 38.25 million shares was priced below an expected range of $18 to $21 a share.

  • April 8- Blackstone Group LP- owned La Quinta Holdings Inc's initial public offering priced at $17 per share, according to Bloomberg, valuing the hotel chain at about $2.1 billion. La Quinta's IPO raised $650 million, after its offering of 38.25 million shares priced below an expected range of $18 to $21 a share, Bloomberg reported.

  • Lightning Round: Blackstone, Gogo & More Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    It's time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.

  • April 4- Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said they would sell industrial conglomerate Gates Corp to private equity firm Blackstone Group LP for $5.4 billion.

  • April 4- Onex Corp and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said they would sell Gates Corp to private equity firm Blackstone Group LP for $5.4 billion. Gates is a division of Tomkins, which Onex and CPPIB jointly bought in 2010 for about $5 billion. The sale is expected to close later this year, the companies said.

  • Midday movers: GrubHub, Amgen, Disney & more Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:

  • Another way investors can play the US shale boom Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    U.S. energy independence's next phase has arrived—in the form of infrastructure development fueled by billions in private capital.

  • Dubai World hires Blackstone to look at debt options Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    In New York, a Blackstone spokesman confirmed that Dubai World had hired it on a "debt optimisation mandate". The sources were speaking after state-owned Dubai World ended a two-day annual meeting with its creditors this week.

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