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This Fidelity fund is way in the money on sale of pharma firm

November 21, 2011

Steven Wymer's Fidelity Growth Company Fund stands to reap $478.4 million on its stake in Pharmasset Inc. after Gilead Sciences Inc. agreed to buy the drug company at an 89 percent premium. The $38.5 billion Fidelity Growth fund held 7.44 million...

Buffett's buying binge: 'He sees something, and it's big'

November 13, 2011

Warren E. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. invested $23.9 billion in the third quarter, the most in at least 15 years, as he accelerated stock purchases and broadened the portfolio beyond holdings in consumer and financial companies. Berkshire...

Bonds beat stocks over 30 years for first time since 1861

October 31, 2011

The biggest bond gains in almost a decade have pushed returns on Treasuries above stocks over the past 30 years, the first time that's happened since before the Civil War. Fixed-income investments advanced 6.25 percent this year, almost triple...

Fairholme Fund dumps Goldman, Morgan Stanley while keeping BofA

October 31, 2011

Bruce Berkowitz, suffering from redemptions after loading the Fairholme Fund with financial stocks, sold his stakes in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley while keeping Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. Fairholme held no Goldman...

The tea leaves say 'sell,' portfolio manager says

October 30, 2011

Frank A. Barbera Jr., co-portfolio manager of the Sierra Core Retirement Fund, tracks a staggering number of jobs reports and other economic indicators. They all say the same thing, he said. “We have been seeing "sell' signals since August,”...

The tea leaves say ‘sell,' according to this portfolio manager

October 25, 2011

Frank A. Barbera Jr., co-portfolio manager of the Sierra Core Retirement Fund, tracks a staggering number of jobs reports and other economic indicators. They all say the same thing, he said. “We have been seeing ‘sell' signals since August,”...

UBS will pay $12M over naked shorts

October 25, 2011

UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, will pay $12 million to resolve Financial Industry Regulatory Authority claims that a brokerage unit allowed millions of short-sale orders to be placed without reasonable grounds to believe that the securities...

Barton Biggs places bullish bets

October 23, 2011

Barton Biggs, a hedge fund manager who bought stocks when the market bottomed in March 2009, recently boosted bullish bets on equities in his Traxis Global Equity Macro Fund, citing improving U.S. economic data. The fund's net-long position...

DJIA companies expected to increase dividends

October 19, 2011

The 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average are expected to increase their annual dividend payouts by an average of 11.8% over the third quarter of 2010 and by 1.1% over the second quarter of this year. According to the results...

INsider: Regions' TARP bill could lead to low-ball bid on MK

October 12, 2011

It stands to reason that large shareholders have been selling shares in Regions Financial Corp. The stock is down nearly 50% this year. It turns out the bank's largest shareholder — Bruce Berkowitz of Fairholme Capital Management — unloaded...

Vix bets reflect optimism over Europe, equities

October 12, 2011

Traders are placing more bets than any time since 2009 that the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index will fall, a sign they expect concern about Europe's credit crisis to recede and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to rally. There...

Junk favored over stocks as recession odds climb: JPMorgan

October 10, 2011

Junk bonds are becoming more attractive compared with stocks as relative yields on the debt soar to a two-year high and a U.S. recession becomes likelier, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We believe investors should favor income producing...

Pimco goes bargain hunting in China

October 10, 2011

Emerging-market stocks are “cheap” and Pacific Investment Management Co. is buying in China after the nation's shares tumbled this year, said Maria Gordon, an emerging-market equity-fund manager at Pimco. “We are definitely fishing in...

Death of Jobs 'does create questions,' but advisers still big on Apple

October 6, 2011

The death of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs is not being viewed by the financial markets as a turning point for the company, according to financial advisers and market watchers. “The death of Steve Jobs is a true tragedy when you consider...

What Buffett's rare buyback says about large-caps

October 2, 2011

Warren E. Buffett's determination that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) shares are cheap enough to buy back may mean that the S&P 500 also is a bargain. The company has been authorized to repurchase stock for the first time in four decades, as...

Developed-market currency concern taking center stage

September 25, 2011

More institutions are taking cover as uncertainty surrounding the euro is putting developed-market currency risk at center stage of global investment portfolios, including equities strategies. “Historically, equities managers have been less...

Time to stock up on equities, Pimco's Kashkari says

September 18, 2011

Investors should buy equities because valuations, income growth and dividends show that the asset class is attractive, said Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC's Neel Kashkari. The S&P 500's price-earnings ratio sank to a 28-month low of 12.2...

Birinyi is still bullish, not cowed by doom and gloom

September 18, 2011

U.S. companies are earning too much for the bull market to be derailed by speculation that Europe's debt crisis will spread, according to Laszlo Birinyi, who advised clients to buy shares before they bottomed in March 2009. Apple Inc. Ticker:(AAPL)...

Pimco's Kashkari says now is the time to stock up on equities

September 12, 2011

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Neel Kashkari said investors should buy equities because valuations, income growth and dividends show the asset class is attractive. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index's price-earnings ratio sank to a 28-month...

Institutional traders down on high-frequency traders

September 12, 2011

Large institutional traders around the world are concerned about the impact that high-frequency trading has on the equity markets, according to a new survey by Liquidnet Inc., an alternative-trading service. Two-thirds of mutual, pension and...

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