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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Blackstone to buy manufacturer Gates for $5.4B Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    Private equity firm The Blackstone Group will buy industrial products maker Gates Corp. for $5.4 billion, according to Gates' owners.

  • 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.

  • At a glance: IPOs planned for coming week Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    The company has a deal with Forest Laboratories for co-creation of a dementia drug, which is pending FDA approval. Ally Financial Inc.- The finance company's offering could make taxpayers whole for a $17.2 billion government bailout during the financial crisis. Ally, known as GMAC Inc. at the time of its bailout, had been the auto lending arm for General Motors.

  • 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.

  • SEC fraud trial over Texas tycoons to start Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 8:53 AM ET
    Samuel Wyly in 2010

    The case, which dates back years, accuses Samuel Wyly and his late brother, Charles, engaged in a $550 million fraud.

  • *Plans to sell 37.2 mln shares at $18- $21 each. March 27- La Quinta Holdings Inc will raise as much as $780 million from its initial public offering, as it becomes the third hotel chain to be taken public by Blackstone Group LP in six months.

  • Ares Management prepares to file for IPO -sources Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    March 27- Ares Management LLC, the credit investment and private equity firm that has been pitched on the idea of an initial public offering for more than a year, is finally close to registering to go public, according to two people familiar with the matter. JPMorgan Chase& Co and Bank of America Corp will be among the underwriters, they added.

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