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  • Investors in beat-up oil bonds lean on banks for rescue Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 17- Independent oil exploration and production companies are leaning heavily on bank credit lines to survive plunging crude prices, making it a nervous time for U.S. funds holding their junk-rated debt. 'said Francis Bradley III, a Greenberg Traurig attorney in Houston who specializes in energy company financing deals. " U.S. mutual funds hold an...

  • Sale of Oregon craft brewery provokes backlash Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    BEND, Ore.— The Facebook page of a local brewery lit up with condemnations: Loyal beer drinkers said the brewers were greedy "sellouts." No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, which to the horror of craft-beer enthusiasts, makes Budweiser and Bud Light.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- When Bill Gross bolted Pimco in late September after months of mediocre performance in his Total Return Fund, clients including Wells Fargo& Co. and Charles Schwab Corp pulled over $61 billion from the Newport Beach, California- based money manager. For example, the two-year-old, $576 million JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities Fund, received $346...

  • These states- Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Georgia and California- accounted for about half of the total job growth in the 12 months to September, according to RBC Capital Markets. The shift bodes well for D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, and rivals Lennar Corp and PulteGroup Inc, each of which gets a large part of its revenue...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- When Bill Gross bolted Pimco in late September after months of mediocre performance in his Total Return Fund, clients including Wells Fargo& Co. and Charles Schwab Corp pulled over $61 billion from the Newport Beach, California- based money manager. For example, the two-year-old, $576 million JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities Fund, received $346...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Several months ago, U.S. mutual funds scooped up most of the $1.25 billion in high-yield junk bonds issued by Denbury Resources Inc, a Plano, Texas, oil and gas exploration company. The 5.5 percent coupon on the Denbury bonds maturing in 2022 attracted a number of U.S. mutual fund buyers, including the Franklin Income Fund, which held nearly 10 percent...

  • BOSTON, Nov 6- Welcome back "Big Oil." The strong balance sheets and diversified global operations of majors like Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and BP plc, have sheltered index funds and some active portfolio managers from the worst of a volatile ride on energy markets, where oil prices have plunged 21 percent since early August. The $33 billion Ivy Asset Strategy...

  • Bernstein Research said this week that about a third of U.S. shale production would be uneconomical if oil prices were to fall to $80 per barrel. E&P industry needs $90 NYMEX, about $100 Brent, oil prices to maintain the current oil rig count of 1,500-1,600 rigs, which is intrinsic to our U.S. oil production outlook. MORNINGSTAR INC "Our analysis suggests that the...

  • BOSTON, Oct 21- U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations. Through September, corporate bond portfolios boosted their holdings of U.S....

  • Fidelity star manager cuts Herbalife bet in third quarter Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:21 PM ET

    BOSTON, Oct 22- One of Fidelity Investments' top stock pickers cooled on Herbalife Ltd in the third quarter, cutting his stake in the company after a profit miss and fresh allegations from billionaire investor William Ackman that it is a fraud. Steve Wymer, who runs the $41 billion Fidelity Growth Company Fund disclosed reducing his stake in Herbalife in a...

  • BOSTON, Oct 13- Abigail Johnson has taken another big step toward being the next leader of Fidelity Investments after the company said she will add the title of chief executive to her duties. Over the past decade, Boston- based Fidelity, which had managed assets of $2 trillion at the end of August, has ceded its once-powerhouse status to Vanguard Group as its...

  • Oct 3- Bond star Bill Gross will commence his new gig at Janus Capital Group Inc with modest needs- a trader and someone to deal with clients- as he takes over a tiny fund with the hopes of making a big splash. "It's unlikely that Janus will ever match that level of support, raising the question of how successful Gross can be with fewer resources," Morningstar Inc analyst...

  • Oct 3- Bond star Bill Gross so far has requested only one trader for his new gig at Janus Capital Group Inc, according to a report from mutual fund research firm Morningstar Inc.. Gross last week rattled global bond markets with his surprise departure from Pacific Investment Management Co, where he ran the massive $222 billion Pimco Total Return Fund.

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON Sept. 30- Vanguard Group and BlackRock Inc could be prime destinations for hundreds of billions of dollars in assets that may flee Pimco in the wake of the sudden exit of Bill Gross, the celebrated "Bond King" of U.S. mutual funds.

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Sept 26- Janus Capital Group shares surged 38 percent on Friday as investors bet that famed bond manager Bill Gross will bring his old star power to the small mutual fund company, even though his last months at Pimco were tainted by infighting and heavy investor outflows.

  • Sick of huge fees? Here's some good news Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:46 AM ET
    The offices of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers) are shown in Sacramento, Calif.

    A recent move by CalPERS was seen as a victory for critics of hedge funds' high fees and low transparency and liquidity.

  • MALVERN, Pa., Sept 16- As U.S. investors race into Vanguard Group mutual and exchange-traded funds at breakneck speeds, the No. 1 mutual fund company's overseas operations have expanded at a comparative snail's pace.

  • Sept 12- Hudson City Bancorp Inc said Chief Executive Ronald Hermance Jr., 67, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, and named Chief Operating Officer Denis Salamone as successor. His passing comes before the close of M&T Bank Corp's acquisition of Hudson City for $3.7 billion.

  • Sept 3- Toll Brothers Inc is finally feeling the pinch as a steep rise in home prices discourages even the most affluent Americans from buying its luxury homes. "Even though Toll targets the high-end luxury buyer, pricing has been pushed so high already that at some point the buyer is going to walk away," Morningstar Inc analyst James Krapfel told Reuters.

  • China foreign investment pattern changes Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:25 PM ET
    Workers sew blue jeans in Yilin textile factory in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China.

    China's foreign investment mix is changing, with portfolio investors buying more stocks but foreign direct investment falling to a two-year low.