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Stocks gain after encouraging U.S. hiring news

July 3, 2013
Associated Press
Encouraging news about the U.S. jobs market trumped rising oil prices and worrying developments in Europe's simmering debt crisis on Wednesday.
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Fast-growing Stonegate Mortgage files for public offering

July 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
Stonegate ranked No. 1 on IBJ’s May list of fastest-growing Indianapolis-area private companies. The eight-year-old company saw revenue rocket from $15.5 million in 2010 to $95.5 million in 2012.
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State sues S&P over flawed ratings of securities

June 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor accuses S&P of “systematically and intentionally” misrepresenting its analysis of securities backed by commercial or residential mortgages in order to “maximize revenue and market share.”
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Slower U.S. growth might lead Fed to keep up stimulus

June 27, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year. That's the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8-percent annual rate.
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Hedge fund guru Paulson cashes in on CNO wager

June 26, 2013
Bloomberg News
John Paulson, who made $15 billion betting against real estate and then saw his fortune shrink as gold slumped, has more than doubled his hedge fund's money on Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc.
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Moody's revises NCAA credit outlook to negative

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
The NCAA's credit outlook has been downgraded by ratings agency Moody's as the governing body of college sports deals with an anti-trust lawsuit about the use of athletes' images and likenesses.
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Feud with Hilberts stinging Menard on many levels

June 22, 2013
-Greg Andrews
Throwing the sexual-extortion allegations into the public domain must be a nightmare for Menard, who for decades has doggedly avoided scrutiny of his personal life—even as he built his chain into the nation’s No. 3 home improvement retailer and built his net worth to an estimated $7 billion.
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Fair Finance trustee to continue pursuit into 2014

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The attorney charged with recovering some $200 million for the 5,300 investors bilked by Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co. plans to continue filing lawsuits for reparations into next year.
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REITs tumble most since 2011 on concern of rising rates

June 19, 2013
Associated Press
Shares in U.S. real estate investment trusts fell the most in 19 months Wednesday. Three major REITs, all based in Indianapolis, saw their shares drop on Wednesday.
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World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
Financial markets have been gyrating in the 3½ weeks since Bernanke told Congress the Fed might scale back its effort to keep long-term rates at record lows within "the next few meetings"— earlier than many had assumed.
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Hilbert puts MH management company into Chapter 11

June 15, 2013
Greg Andrews
The move, the latest fallout from the executive's feud with hardware king John Menard, puts on hold a Wisconsin lawsuit that sought millions of dollars from the company.
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Suit: Menard pressured Tomisue Hilbert for sexual favors

June 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit charges Tomisue Hilbert's rejection of the billionaire is the real reason he launched a bitter battle to remove her husband, Steve Hilbert, as CEO of the Indianapolis-based private-equity funds the three of them started in 2005.
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Top 6 ExactTarget officers reap $92.5M in option gains in sale

June 13, 2013
Dan Human
The gains for top brass represent about one-third of the $277 million in option gains that the company's 1,700-person work force will rack up, regulatory filings show.
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Stocks swoon after weak economic reports

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
Companies like miners, banks and chemical makers, whose fortunes are most closely tied to the prospects for growth, fell the most. That's a sign investors are becoming less confident in the U.S. economy.
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IEDC rolling out $1M diversity investment fund

June 4, 2013
Greg Andrews
Fund managers will seek to invest in companies owned by minorities, women and veterans that have sustainable competitive advantages, scalable business models and the potential for meaningful job creation.
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Finish Line's cash hoard could make it alluring targetRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based retailer is debt-free and has amassed $227 million in cash on its balance sheet. That works out to $4.63 per share.
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Centerfield rounds up $171M for new fundRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis private investment firm has raised one of the largest-ever funds in the state. Centerfield Capital Partners pulled in $171 million that it plans to invest in about 20 companies. Its two previous funds totaled $60 million and $116 million.
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Leader of fraud scheme sentenced to 4-plus years

May 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Michael Russell, 54, pleaded guilty in January to 20 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme involving former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Paul Bateman.
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First Merchants' deal to make it state's second-biggest bank

May 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The acquisition of CFS Bancorp Inc. will increase First Merchants' assets to $5.4 billion and leave it with nearly 100 offices.
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Merchants, Citizens Bank to merge

May 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Shareholders in Carmel-based Merchants will receive stock that was valued at $98.3 million before the announcement of the deal caused a huge spike.
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Stocks soar to all-time high on employment news

May 3, 2013
Associated Press
A stronger-than-expected pickup in hiring last month lifted the stock market early Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 15,000 and the Standard and Poor's 500 index above 1,600 points for the first time.
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Fair Finance investors still empty-handed as trustee plows on

April 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many of the defendants pursued by Brian Bash and his team have few, if any, assets. And those that do have the wherewithal to fight litigation for years.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Stock market rebounds from worst day of the year

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Good news on housing and earnings Tuesday morning helped stocks recover from a dismal Monday, when stocks suffered their biggest one-day decline since November.
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Falling commodities give Dow worst day of the year

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 265.86 points Monday to close at 14,599.20, a decline of 1.8 percent.
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