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The Bell
Mrt 11 2013 | 8:38 AM

On Monday, March 11, BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and guests will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate the recent initial public offering of the BlackRock  Multi-Sector Income Trust (NYSE: BIT), a non-diversified closed-end registered investment company that invests primarily in taxable fixed income securities.  

To mark the occasion, Frank Porcelli, Managing Director and Head of BlackRock’s US Wealth Advisory Business, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell.

About BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust (NYSE: BIT):

BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust is a registered closed-end fund with the primary investment objective to seek high current income,  with a secondary objective of capital appreciation.

About Blackrock’s Closed-End Fund Business:

As of December 31, 2012, BlackRock Managed 86 U.S. exchange-listed closed-end funds with approximately $46.6 billion in...

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Ahead of the Bell
Mrt 11 2013 | 8:06 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading down 18 points and S&P futures are trading down 2 points after China reported weak factory output and consumer demand in February, coupled with political uncertainty in Italy.   According to economists, the data confirms the Chinese economy is in a mild recovery and it is still fragile. The euro zone sovereign debt crisis has crawled into the spotlight once again, as Italian bond yields are on the rise.  Fitch rating agency downgraded the country by one notch to BBB- with a negative outlook, citing political uncertainty.   

  • On the economic calendar today, no reports are due.  The dollar is up against the British pound and down against the euro and Japanese yen.  Gold is trading at $1,576. Crude oil is currently trading at $91 a barrel.

  • Last week; the major indices soared on better than expected economic...
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Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions
Ahead of the Bell
Mrt 11 2013 | 7:00 AM
Natural Gas Fracking

Natural Gas Fracking (Photo credit: danielfoster437)

The schedule of economic releases for the week of March 11th is as follows:

  • Monday:  None
  • Tuesday:  NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, ICSC-Goldman Store Sales, and Treasury Budget
  • Wednesday:  MBA Purchase Applications, Retail Sales, Import and Export Prices, and Business Inventories
  • Thursday:  Jobless Claims, Producer Price Index, and Fed Balance Sheet
  • Friday: ...
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Director, Market Watch & Corporate Actions
ETP Landscape
Mrt 11 2013 | 6:01 AM

Pictured (left to right): Holly Lai, Sudhir Bhattacharyya, Mike Cavalier, Phil Bak, Wendy Wu, Karen Jamin, Dwijen Gandhi,  Jim Cemprola, Ryan Kirlin, Laura Morrison, Prashanth Srinivasan,  Ray Villamil, Jay Jacobs, Maital Dahan, Nick Aninos, Joyce Smith, Tom Champion.  Not pictured:  Shishir Gupta, Martha Redding, Katrina Clay, Tom Rhodes.

The NYSE Euronext U.S. Exchange Traded Products and Index Team is comprised of over 20 individuals with proven experience and expertise in listings, indexing, trading, legal services, marketing, and communications. Whether consulting with an issuer in preparing a new product launch, or developing market structure enhancements, we leverage the full power and diversity of our team to innovate, lead and enhance the ETP industry.

We realize that each issuer, ETP, and index is...

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NYSE Events
Mrt 11 2013 | 6:00 AM

Laura V. Morrison is Senior Vice President of Global Index and Exchange Traded Products for NYSE Euronext. In this capacity, Laura is responsible for driving the expansion of trading and listing services for Exchange Traded Products (ETP) in the United States.

As we celebrate the 20th year milestone of the U.S. Exchange Traded Products Industry, we would like to show our appreciation to our issuers, market makers, and everyone who has contributed to its tremendous growth and success.

Throughout the years, we have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to help pave the way for the marketplace by providing and promoting innovative solutions that changed the way investors view financial investments. We have launched over 1,500 ETP products representing over $1.34 trillion in assets under management and...

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