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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
We can now decisively say that two of the mega-leveraged buyouts that took place from 2005-2007 were a success.
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 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 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 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 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.
Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street giant, is in talks with at least five potential hirers for traders at its U.S. proprietary trading group headed by Bob Howard.
US private equity firms have approached Morgan Stanley about buying a stake in its troubled real estate funds management business, according to people familiar with the matter. The FT reports.
Stocks ended lower after the Federal Reserve said it would reinvest proceeds from maturing mortgage securities into the Treasury market.
Stocks pared losses after the Federal Reserve said it would reinvest proceeds from maturing mortgage-backed securities into the Treasury market.