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Long-awaited FaceBook IPO close: Report

January 27, 2012

Facebook Inc., the largest social-networking site, may file for its initial public offering on Feb. 1 and is close to hiring Morgan Stanley to handle the deal, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people. The company is considering...

'Extreme readings' point to market pullback

January 26, 2012

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index's best January rally since 1997 has pushed a pair of momentum and sentiment gauges to levels seen only 6 percent of the time since 1993, a sign the market is due for a pullback, BTIG LLC said. The benchmark index's...

Freaky Friday? Pimco and Janus try different roles

January 26, 2012

Two prominent mutual fund companies are hard at work moving beyond the specialties that made them well-known in the first place. Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC, synonymous with bonds, is rolling out equity funds, and Janus Capital Group...

Gundlach and Gross part company over banks — and so far, Gundlach's winning

January 25, 2012

Pimco's Bill Gross bet on debt of big U.S. banks last year, his worst against peers. DoubleLine Capital LP's Jeffrey Gundlach cut bank bonds in May, dodging their second-half slide and beating 99 percent of rivals. The competing bond managers...

Rally ho? Biggs big on U.S. stocks

January 23, 2012

Barton Biggs, who increased bets on U.S. equities before the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rallied last month, said he remains bullish even amid concerns over progress in solving Europe's debt crisis. “I'm terrified I'm not long enough if we're...

Investors plowing money into farmland — but could come a cropper

January 20, 2012

John Harder, a 65-year-old farmer with 7,500 acres in Iowa, said he's taking out new loans almost every month as profits surge and land prices reach records. “If I can get the rate right and buy the property right, I'd borrow millions every...

Sure sign? Short-seller Einhorn suddenly going long on stocks

January 19, 2012

Greenlight Capital Inc., the hedge fund run by David Einhorn, bought shares of Dell Inc. (DELL) and Xerox Corp. (XRX) in the fourth quarter as part of a bet on undervalued U.S. stocks, according to a letter to investors. “Our current strategy...

Jeffrey Saut: Why it's a mistake to be too bearish

January 17, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the commentary of Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James & Associates, for Tuesday January 17. To read the full commentary, click here The call for...

Socially conscious fund firms spread their asset-class wings

December 10, 2007

Investors eyeing socially conscious funds are no longer looking merely at the social issues; they are also looking for performance — a change that has resulted in new offerings from fund firms in asset classes that have been underrepresented...

S&P poised to swing ratings ax in Europe, sources say

January 13, 2012

Germany will keep its AAA rating at Standard & Poor's as France and Austria face downgrades on concern about Europe's sovereign debt crisis, according to government officials and people familiar with the matter. France will lose its AAA rating...

At Berkshire, the sorcerer's apprentice outshines the sorcerer

January 10, 2012

Todd Combs, Warren Buffett's apprentice stock picker at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), posted gains on his first equity bets at the company by buying when markets fell and increasing stakes in investments that declined. Purchases of seven...

Gamco's new high conviction fund swings for the fences

January 6, 2012

Gamco Investors Inc. is going high conviction with its newest fund, the Gabelli Focus Five Fund (GWSAX), intending to put up to half its chips on just five stocks. “It's our five very best ideas,” said Dan Miller, the fund's portfolio manager....

Deviser of Hang Seng Index dead at age 86

January 6, 2012

Stanley Kwan, the banker whose 1969 creation, the Hang Seng Index, became a widely used gauge for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has died. He was 86. He died Dec. 31 at Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto, according to the website of Toronto's...

Benefits of diversification are fading: Study

January 6, 2012

Advisers and investors looking for diversification from large-cap U.S. stocks need to look further afield than other classes of equities. “The diversification benefits of investing in other equity asset classes has decreased substantially...

Pimco's Total Return sees $5B in total outflows

January 4, 2012

Bill Gross's Pimco Total Return Fund had $5 billion in client redemptions last year as the world's largest mutual fund trailed rivals, its first year of withdrawals in records going back to 1993, according to Morningstar Inc. (MORN) Clients...

Carat tops bullion as next big thing for investors: BMO

December 28, 2011

Diamond prices are poised to rise for the next four years, outpacing gold, as increased spending on luxury goods in China, India and the Middle East outpaces supplies of the precious stone, analysts said. Average prices for rough, or uncut,...

BRICs hitting the wall, says Goldman

December 28, 2011

In the past decade, mutual funds poured almost $70 billion into Brazil, Russia, India and China, stocks more than quadrupled gains in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the economies grew four times faster than America's. Now Goldman Sachs...

Large-caps will shatter earnings record in 2012: ING big

December 27, 2011

The dark economic clouds hanging over much of Europe have pushed down investor confidence in the United States, according to the latest report from State Street Global Markets. Not everyone, though, buys into the notion that now is the time...

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney: The case for diversification

December 20, 2011

The following is a portion of the most recent research bulletin of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Global Investment Committee. To read the full version of the bulletin, released yesterday, click here. Portfolio diversification can improve and...

Buzz: Sandy Weill sells his NYC apartment for jaw-dropping sum

December 19, 2011

A Manhattan penthouse owned by Sanford Weill, former chairman of Citigroup Inc. (C), and listed for $88 million, is being purchased for the daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. A company associated with Ekaterina Rybolovleva signed...

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