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  • LONDON, July 20- Hedge funds and other money managers have rarely been so bearish about the outlook for oil prices, according to the latest positioning data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Hedge funds boosted short positions in futures and options linked to the price of U.S. crude to 138 million barrels by July 14, from 84 million four weeks...

  • World stocks uneven as Europe rally on Greece fades Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 5:46 AM ET

    HONG KONG— World stock markets were uneven Friday as Europe's rally faded while most Asian indexes advanced, led by a jump in Chinese shares, after strong U.S. earnings. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower to 6,788.61. ANALYST INSIGHT: " Greece is on the way to becoming just background noise- at least for a while anyway," said Shane Oliver, head of investment...

  • July 16- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, reported a 62 percent slump in second-quarter earnings on Thursday, yet performance fee revenue generated from selling assets surpassed many analysts' expectations. But investors cheered as the New York- based firm declared its third highest quarterly dividend of 74 cents per share,...

  • July 16- Shares of U.S. deep discount retailer Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc, known for the catch phrase "good stuff cheap," rose as much as 43.7 percent in their debut, valuing the company at up to $1.31 billion. The stock was priced at $16 per share, above the top end of the expected price range of $13- $15. Private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors LLC holds about 61...

  • UPDATE 3-EBay sells enterprise unit ahead of PayPal split Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    July 16- E-commerce company eBay Inc said it was selling its enterprise business to a consortium led by private equity firm Permira for $925 million, as it streamlines its operations ahead of the separation from PayPal Holdings Inc.. Shares of eBay, which also reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and boosted its share buyback plan by $1 billion,...

  • July 15- E-commerce company eBay Inc said it was selling its enterprise business to a consortium led by private equity firm Permira for $925 million, as it streamlines its operations ahead of the separation from PayPal Holdings Inc.. Shares of eBay, which also announced an additional $1 billion share buyback program, were up 3 percent at $65.37 in premarket...

  • July 15- E-commerce company eBay Inc is nearing a deal to sell its enterprise business to a consortium led by private equity firm Permira for about $900 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. Earlier this month, people familiar with the matter told Reuters that private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP was in talks to buy eBay's enterprise unit for close to...

  • July 15- E-commerce company eBay Inc is nearing a deal to sell its enterprise business to a consortium led by private-equity firm Permira for about $900 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The deal could be announced by Thursday, along with the company's second-quarter results, the Journal reported.

  • Beijing's battle with bears moves into futures Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 9:07 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 16- China's index futures traders are still betting jittery markets will fall further even as Beijing tries to prop them up, making the futures markets a key battleground in Beijing's campaign to restore market confidence. They are also closely watched by investors as an indicator of sentiment, and that has become a major problem for Beijing this...

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Nelson Peltz, chief executive of hedge fund Trian Fund Management, said on Wednesday that losing a proxy battle with DuPont Co has proven to be a major blow to shareholders. "It has been a significant loss for shareholders," Peltz said at the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference in New York. Peltz also said that PepsiCo was...

  • LONDON, July 15- European private equity firm Apax has hired JP Morgan and UBS to explore a stock market listing or sale of its Italian auto-parts distributor Rhiag, six sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. But Apax, which bought the company in October 2013, wants to take advantage of high industry valuations and growing investors' appetite for...

  • *Greece to vote on bailout deal. *Syngenta top riser after hedge fund takes a stake. LONDON, July 15- European shares steadied at three-week highs on Wednesday, led by pesticide maker Syngenta, with investors focused on a crucial vote in Greece on a proposed bailout package to save the country from bankruptcy.

  • *Paulson expected to put pressure on Syngenta board. July 15- Hedge fund Paulson& Co has taken a stake in Syngenta AG and could push for the Swiss pesticide maker's board to accept a takeover offer from U.S. seed company Monsanto Co, people familiar with the matter said. Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, has made a $45 billion bid for Syngenta that the Swiss...

  • *China and Greece have imposed trading restrictions. Both China and Greece have taken steps in the last month to curb sell-offs in their stock markets by imposing trading restrictions. The APS fund is exposed to China and Horizon Growth is exposed to Greece.

  • Paulson's hedge fund takes stake in Syngenta -sources Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    July 14- Hedge fund Paulson& Co has taken a stake in Syngenta AG,, and could push for the board of directors of the Swiss pesticide maker to accept a takeover offer from U.S. seed company Monsanto Co, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, made a $45 billion bid for Syngenta that the Swiss company rejected.

  • July 14- Hedge fund Standard General LP has sued American Apparel Inc's ousted Chief Executive Dov Charney for the first time, the latest move in a bitter legal saga that began after he was fired in December. American Apparel suspended Charney six months before firing him, alleging misuse of company funds and a failure to stop a subordinate from posting false...

  • China IPO freeze opens door to alternative financiers Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Estimate of gap for alternative funding about $17 bln. HONG KONG, July 15- China's move to halt new company listings on its stock markets is offering private equity firms, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds an opening to fill private companies' funding needs, paving the way for more M&A activity. After a plunge in share prices wiped out more than $3 trillion of...

  • July 13- Digital Realty Trust Inc said it would buy private equity owned Telx Group Inc in a deal valued at about $1.89 billion to double its footprint in the rapidly growing business of renting out space to companies to run their data centers. Telx, which is owned by ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners, managed 20 data center space facilities across the United...

  • Digital Realty to buy Telx in $1.89 bln deal Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 7:11 AM ET

    July 13- Digital Realty Trust Inc, a real estate investment trust that rents out space to companies for setting up data centers, said it would buy Telx Group Inc from its private equity owners in a deal valued at about $1.89 billion. Digital Realty said the acquisition is expected to double its footprint in the rapidly-growing colocation business.

  • NEW YORK, July 11- Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton will pledge on Monday to close the carried interest tax loophole that allows private equity fund managers to pay a lower tax rate on much of their earnings, according to a draft of a speech seen by an outside adviser.