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  • NEW YORK, July 18- Investors worldwide poured $6.2 billion into stock funds in the week ended July 16, encouraged by strong corporate earnings and big potential merger deals in the United States, data from a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research report showed on Friday.

  • July 18- General Electric Co's credit card unit, Synchrony Financial, said it expects to raise up to $3.25 billion in a public offering of shares, in what is expected to be the biggest U.S. The offering of 125 million shares is expected to be priced at between $23 and $26 per share, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, July 18- After more than a year of scaling back in commodities, Morgan Stanley is ready to expand. For example, Morgan Stanley is looking at making more loans to energy producers and sell more commodity-linked products to retail investors, the sources told Reuters. Commodities trading was big for Morgan Stanley before the financial crisis.

  • The Mideast is in flames: Ex-State Dept official Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    There's almost no stability anywhere in the Mideast, as Israel's ground offensive pushes into Gaza, Robert Hormats says.

  • US stocks mount strong rebound on company earnings Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    The gains wiped out much of the market's losses from the day before, when the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine stirred concerns that tensions between Russia and the West could escalate. Israel's launch of a ground offensive into Gaza also stoked geopolitical uncertainty.

  • July 18- Catalent Inc, controlled by Blackstone Group LP, said it expects its initial public offering to be priced between $19 and $22 per share, valuing the company at about $2.57 billion at the top end. The company's major customers include Pfizer Inc, Johnson& Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Merck& Co Inc and Novartis AG.

  • Value of worldwide M&A hits $2 trillion this year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Worldwide merger and acquisition activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, up 75 percent from last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • One such deal came on Tuesday, when Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American said it would buy rival Lorillard for $26.8 billion. As part of the takeover, Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group bought a number of brands and assets from both companies for $7.1 billion. Imperial adviser Goldman Sachs ranked top in the M&A league tables, ahead of Morgan Stanley and Citi.

  • SYDNEY, July 18- London copper slipped on Friday and was set to notch up its biggest weekly loss since early June as nagging concerns about China's property sector and an influx of stocks to exchange inventories dimmed the price outlook for the metal. A sharp downturn in China's housing sector has soured copper's demand prospects.

  • Trade show organizer Advanstar explores sale Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 6:50 PM ET

    The company is best known for putting on twice a year in Las Vegas the Magic fashion trade show, the largest U.S. fashion convention.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $4.3 billion into stock funds in the week ended July 16, encouraged by strong corporate earnings and big potential merger deals in the United States, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • Advanstar is working with investment banks Goldman Sachs Group and Moelis& Co to assist with efforts to find a buyer, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. Advanstar is controlled by hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group and private equity firms Ares Management LP and Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

  • Mutual fund trends: Bonds still in demand Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Experts say bonds are less attractive than stocks. Investors are continuing to pour money into bond mutual funds despite the warnings from Wall Street. Investors noticed, and they plugged a net $3.48 billion into those funds last month, according to Morningstar.

  • Ca-ching! Morgan Stanley doubles earnings Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    Strong showings in wealth management and investment banking helped Morgan Stanley more than double quarterly earnings and beat estimates.

  • *U.S. imposes toughest Russia sanctions yet over Ukraine. LONDON, July 17- New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will make it more difficult for Russian companies to refinance existing international loans and has dashed hopes that Russia's syndicated loan market is reopening, bankers said on Thursday.

  • *U.S. imposes toughest Russia sanctions yet over Ukraine. LONDON, July 17- New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will make it more difficult for Russian companies to refinance existing international loans and has dashed hopes that Russia's syndicated loan market is reopening, bankers said on Thursday.

  • Why stock market bears may need summer hibernation Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 11:09 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The bear case for stocks is easy, but it's the bull case that may win out this summer, analysts say.

  • Morgan Stanley quarterly profit more than doubles Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City.

    Morgan Stanley's earnings jumped as stronger performances by its investment banking and wealth management businesses made up for a fall in bond trading.

  • LONDON, July 17- The legal battle between the London Metal Exchange and Russian aluminum giant Rusal will resume on July 29. There are currently 2,915,100 tonnes of the stuff waiting for a physical delivery slot in the LME warehouse system, most of it at just two locations; Vlissingen in the Netherlands and Detroit in the United States.

  • July 17- Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley's quarterly earnings more than doubled, beating market estimates, as stronger performances by its investment banking and wealth management businesses more than made up for a fall in revenue from bond trading.