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  • HCA Opens Higher After IPO Is Priced at $30 a Share Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 10:31 AM ET

    Shares of private equity-backed hospital operator HCA Holdings rose by some 4 percent in early trading in their stock market debut Thursday.

  • Ralph Rosenberg

    Ralph Rosenberg, ex-Goldman Sachs and Eton Park partner has just been made the chief of global real- estate investing at KKR.

  • HCA to Scale Back IPO to $3.5 Billion Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 1:49 PM ET
    Hospital Corporation of America headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, July 24, 2006. HCA board members have approved a deal to be purchased by a group of investors for about $21.3 billion and is recommending it to its shareholders. (AP Photo/John Russell)

    Valued at about $3.5 billion, the initial public offering of the hospital company HCA Holdings is expected to be the largest-ever new domestic stock issue sold by private-equity firms.

  • Ally Financial, HCA Pushing Forward With IPO Plans Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 1:08 PM ET
    NYSE Traders

    Buoyed by the recent investor enthusiasm for new issues, Ally Financial and HCA Holdings are moving forward with their respective IPO plans, say people familiar with the matter.

  • Many consider Wednesday's Nielsen IPO to be a referendum on their business. Don't. Because there's a much bigger story at work, and if you listen carefully, it could make you a lot of money.

  • Nielsen IPO Likely to Price at Top of Range Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 12:03 PM ET

    Investor reaction to Nielsen Holdings, the research company slated to go public Wednesday, has been so upbeat that its shares are likely to price at or above the top of its stated range, say people familiar with the deal.

  • Questions About Private Equity Bid for Sara Lee Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:58 AM ET

    By all accounts a group of private equity firms led by Apollo are working hard to submit a bid for Sara Lee, but there are plenty of question marks about whether such a deal will get to the finish line.

  • Stocks End Down as Rally Stalls; Merck Sinks Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 4:36 PM ET

    Stocks bounced off the lows of the session but ended lower as disappointing economic news halted the market's rally and as Merck dragged down the Dow amid problems with a key blood-clotting drug. Merck and Alcoa slumped, as Home Depot rose.

  • Stocks Decline Before Close, Led by Merck Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 4:04 PM ET

    Stocks slumped more in the final hour of trading as disappointing economic news halted the market's rally and a disappointing drug trial for Merck dragged down the Dow. Merck and Alcoa fell, while Home Depot rose.

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    Emboldened by a rallying stock market, the media company Nielsen Holdings will launch its pre-IPO road show on Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, with meetings between company management and Wall Street salespeople this morning.

  • Goldman Traders to Set Up Fund in London Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 7:04 AM ET
    NYSE Traders

    Two traders on Goldman Sachs’s proprietary trading desk are poised to set up their own fund in London, financed by a major European backer, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday, the New York Times reports.

  • Private Equity Split on Investments Valuations Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 5:17 AM ET

    It is the brass-tacks question every stock investor asks: What is this company really worth? But in the rarefied realm of private equity investing, the answer to that question is often hard to find, if it can be found at all, the New York Times reports.

  • So as M&A fever hits a milestone, it seems private equity senses the moment is ripe for a public debut. Yet Blackstone—which just Tuesday raised $15 billion in its largest-ever fund— has performed miserably as a public entity: trading at around $14 per share, down more than 50 percent from its IPO price of $31.  So why are some money managers seeing opportunity in private equity stocks this time around?

  • Euro Fear, Dollar Strength Yanks Markets Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 10:04 AM ET

    Most major European indices are down 1 percent to 2 percent, as more sovereign debt contagion worries spread. Europe’s FT Deutschland newspaper reported that euro zone countries are seeking to push Portugal to accept a bailout package to prevent its bigger neighbor Spain from doing the same. Portugal has denied the report.

  • HCA Pays a $2 Billion Dividend to PE Owners Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 4:25 PM ET
    Hospital Corporation of America headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, July 24, 2006. HCA board members have approved a deal to be purchased by a group of investors for about $21.3 billion and is recommending it to its shareholders. (AP Photo/John Russell)

    We can now decisively say that two of the mega-leveraged buyouts that took place from 2005-2007 were a success.

  • Stocks End Higher on Fed News After Initial Drop Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 4:54 PM ET

    Stocks ended higher after an initial rocky response to the Federal Reserve announcement it would buy $600 billion in long-term Treasurys the middle of next year in an effort to stimulate the economy's sluggish growth. HP and Cisco rose, while AmEx and Microsoft fell.

  • Stocks Rise Slightly Ahead of Close Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 3:53 PM ET

    Stocks rose after an initial rocky response after the Federal Reserve announced it would buy $600 billion in long-term Treasurys by the end of the second quarter of 2011 in an effort to stimulate the economy's sluggish growth.  HP and Cisco rose, while AmEx and Microsoft fell.

  • Stocks Close Higher After Volatile Session Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 4:59 PM ET

    Stocks closed modestly higher after a see-saw session as the dollar rose, and investors absorbed the meaning of a large batch of earnings reports and economic news. Home Depot and United Technologies rose, while Bank of America and Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks Turn Mixed Ahead of Close; Utilities Fall Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    Stocks rose out of negative territory after rallying earlier in the sessions as the dollar rose, and investors absorbed the meaning of a large batch of earnings reports and economic news. Home Depot and United Technologies rose, while Bank of America and Caterpillar fell.

  • Stocks Pare Gains; Caterpillar, AT&T Slip Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 12:07 PM ET

    Stocks pared gains, although remained higher, after several positive earnings reports gave investors a reason to believe the U.S. economy is improving, even as they digested a mixed batch of economic reports. Home Depot and McDonald's rose, while Bank of America fell.