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Each year, investors file shareholder proposals with public companies to requesting that their proposals be included for a vote at the next annual meeting of shareholders. 

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Even as an improving US economy sparked renewed interest in US stocks last year, trading in international equities listed on NYSE markets remained solid, approaching $3.1 trillion.

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Amsterdam Gong
Apr 5 2013 | 3:36 AM

The Morningstar Awards are designed to help investors around the world identify the year's most exceptional funds and fund managers.

The 2013 Morningstar Awards recognize retail funds and fund groups that have been good stewards of investor capital within the context of their relevant peer group in 2012 and over longer time periods.  Winners are selected using a quantitative methodology developed by Morningstar that considers the one-, three- and five-year performance history of all eligible funds. Morningstar adjusts the returns for risk using a utility theory based screen that imposes a higher penalty for downside variation in a fund’s return than it does for upside volatility. Feike Goudsmit, Executive Director Threadneedle Investments, sounds the gong.

For more information: www....

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The Bell
Apr 4 2013 | 6:00 PM

On Thursday, April 4th, BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate iShares’ suite of Emerging Market Debt ETFs on NYSE Arca, NYSE Euronext’s all electronic trading platform.  iShares has the largest suite of Emerging Market Debt ETFs, with $6bn in US-listed products. (Source: BlackRock Inc.)

As investors cast a wider net for income, investors are incorporating iShares Emerging Market ETFs into their portfolios.  Investors recognize emerging market debt provides competitive yields compared with developed markets, and are attracted by improved fundamentals and credit quality within emerging markets.

In honor of the occasion, Robert Kapito, President of BlackRock, and Daniel Gamba, Head of iShares Americas Institutional Business at BlackRock, will ring...

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End of Day Report
Apr 4 2013 | 4:53 PM

Stocks closed higher today as investors viewed weak economic data including a disappointing jobless claims report which may signal that the recovery has lost momentum.  The Bank of Japan released a forceful stimulus plan in order to jump start the economy after two decades of stagnation.

Jobless claims jumped by 28,000 during the March 30rdweek which is the highest level of the year.  The Labor Department indicated that because the March 30thweek was short, there were difficulties with adjustments.

The Challenger Job-Cut Report indicates 49,255 layoff intentions in March with telecom and education on top of the list.

Have a good Thursday night!                                            ...

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Market Watch & Corporate Actions Specialist, Global Corporate Client Group
The Bell
Apr 4 2013 | 10:23 AM

On Thursday, April 4, executives from Atlantic Trust and Barclays, including Adam Karpf, Portfolio Manager for Atlantic Trust’s Master Limited Partnership (MLP) strategies, will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to highlight the listing of the Barclays ETN+ Select MLP ETN on NYSE Arca.  The Barclays ETN+ Select MLP ETN began trading on NYSE Arca on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 under the ticker Symbol “ATMP.”

The ETN is designed to provide investors with exposure to a basket of midstream US MLPs, limited liability companies (“LLCs”) and corporations by tracking the volume weighted average price (VWAP) of the Atlantic Trust Select MLP Index (the Index). Additionally, the Index also provides exposure to general partners of US MLPs in Canada.

With the addition of the Barclays ETN+ Select MLP ETN, Barclays now has 82 ETNs currently...

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Apr 4 2013 | 9:54 AM

From The Trading Floor: Stocks are mixed to positive this morning as weaker than expected U.S. Jobless Claims for the week ending March 30th are being balanced against the Bank of Japan surprise announcement of an overhaul of its monetary policy, adopting a new balance sheet target and pledging to double its government bond holdings in two years.

  • Challenger job cuts increased by 30% during the 1st quarter

  • Jobless claims rose by 28,000 to 385,000 in the week ending March 30, the highest level since November 24, somewhat reflecting the difficulty the government has in adjusting the figures around the Easter holiday and Spring break at schools.

  • Confidence among U.S. consumers stabilized last week, increasing to 34.1 for the week ending March 31.

  • Bank of Japan strengthened their stimulus program that will see the central bank buy 7 trillion yen ($73 billion) of bonds a month

  • The RBC...
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Posted by: Charles Brown
Managing Director, The Capital Markets Desk