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  • July 2- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's unique combination therapy for a rare lung disorder was given the green light by U.S. health regulators, extending the company's reach to the most common form of genetic mutation responsible for cystic fibrosis. Orkambi, a combination of Vertex's approved drug Kalydeco and a new compound called lumacaftor, is intended for...

  • And that was before Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla admitted Monday that the country's budget gap was bigger than thought and it could not repay more than $70 billion in debt. Over the past year, funds run by Goldman Sachs Group Inc have increased their exposure to Puerto Rico to attract yield-hungry investors, U.S. regulatory filings show.

  • CHICAGO, June 25- Women are under-represented among mutual fund managers, a new study found, in a gender imbalance that poses challenges for an industry looking to run more money from female clients. Among 7,410 portfolio managers of U.S. open-end mutual funds, only 9 percent were women, the study released this month by researchers from Morningstar Inc of Chicago,...

  • Funds run by Boston- based Fidelity Investments and Baltimore's T. Rowe Price Group, for example, more than doubled their money with pre-IPO bets on Facebook Inc. And shares of lesser known Zafgen Inc are up 15- fold since the Fidelity Select Biotechnology Portfolio made a pre-IPO investment of $11.2 million in late 2013. Zafgen's IPO was in June 2014.

  • BOSTON, May 26- Fidelity's Joel Tillinghast, one of the mutual fund industry's best stockpickers over the past 20 years, said financial markets are "colossally artificial" and cited ride-sharing upstart Uber and negative yielding government bonds as examples. "I think it's colossally artificial, but I don't see it ending," said Tillinghast, who runs the $46...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- Judging by the latest performance rankings, two 529 college savings plans in particular look enticing. SavingForCollege.com, a plan comparison website that publishes rankings each quarter, said the District of Columbia's direct-sold DC 529 College Savings Program topped the lists for one-, three- and five-year performance as of March 31.

  • CHICAGO, May 21- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401 plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. The high court ruled on a class-action lawsuit against Edison International. St. Louis lawyer Jerome Schlichter, who has made a cause of suing 401 plans to get them to shape up, brought the...

  • Investors were waiting for news that could move share prices from many bigger companies including Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co, Amgen Inc and Celgene Corp. Hot topics at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago will include immuno oncology and CAR-T cell therapies. Shares in Juno Therapeutics Inc, Kite Pharma Inc, BlueBird Bio Inc and...

  • April 22- D.R. Horton Inc's quarterly results gave a strong indication that first-time home buyers are finally returning to the market as home ownership in the United States becomes cheaper than renting. D.R. Horton said sales to this demographic tripled in the quarter ended March 31, helped by more relaxed mortgage rules and rising confidence in the wider...

  • April 22- D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, reported its slowest growth in average selling prices in over three years and the company forecast a drop in gross margins for the current quarter as it sells more lower-priced homes. D.R. Horton said sales in its lower-margin' Express' homes business, which caters mainly to first-time home buyers, are expected...

  • BOSTON, April 6- Ron O'Hanley, the new leader of State Street's $2.45 trillion asset management division, says he will look closely at expanding the bank's stable of bond-related products as exchange-traded funds run by rivals Vanguard and BlackRock have been more dominant in attracting investor money. The 58- year-old O'Hanley started his new job as the head...

  • BOSTON, March 4- Mutual fund companies, including No. 2 Fidelity Investments, have slashed fees on their most popular funds by shifting billions of dollars into collective trusts not regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "CITs are more opaque to the outside world because reporting requirements are not as stringent," said Michael Rawson,...

  • BOSTON, Feb 13- A massive effective devaluation of Venezuela's bolivar currency will likely badly dent 2015 earnings at a swath of major U.S. companies. Currently those assets are valued based on the main official rate of 6.3 bolivars to the dollar, or a second rate at 12 bolivars. Some companies, such as diapers and tissue maker Kimberly-Clark Corp, had recently...

  • Though some portfolio managers including Pimco and Van Eck Global have pared their exposure in recent months, Venezuela remains among the largest positions for U.S. funds that focus on emerging market debt. The $4.6 billion TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund also has kept an overweight position, with 5 percent of assets invested in Venezuela.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Morningstar Inc said on Thursday its estimated net outflow for the Pimco Total Return for January was $12.5 billion, or 9 percent of end-December assets of $143.4 billion. Morningstar said total assets in the Pimco Total Return Fund at the end of January were $134.6 billion. Pimco said on Tuesday that investors in January yanked $11.6 billion from...

  • Feb 4- The Templeton Global Bond Fund, one of the biggest investors in Ukraine bonds, weathered a 29 percent hit to the market value of its holdings in the worn-torn country's debt during the fourth quarter. The market value of the fund's Ukraine bonds fell to $1.8 billion at the end of December, down from $2.53 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to the...

  • Most recently, Murphy served as a director at investment firm BlackRock Inc. She will be based in Stamford, Connecticut. Prior to joining the role, Glotzbach served as senior vice president of retirement solutions at Morningstar Inc. She will work out of the San Mateo office. She will relocate from Melbourne, Australia, to San Mateo.

  • BOSTON, Jan 20- Fidelity's $110 Billion Contrafund has trimmed a roughly $7 billion stake in Google Inc because of portfolio manager Will Danoff's view that the stock faces a potentially choppy market over the short term. Contrafund is the largest U.S. mutual fund investor in Google's stock, which had been its top holding. But Google shares, down 11 percent over...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • Janus profit up after Gross helps bring inflows Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    Denver asset manager Janus Capital Group said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross.