4 Financial Stock Stories For the Midweek

The Carlyle Group (NYSE:CG): Current price $30.17

The private equity firm Carlyle Group intends to raise $2 billion for a third Japan fund to follow its seven-year old second fund, with Japan’s aggressive monetary easing helping to reinforce investor interest, according to knowledgeable sources. Carlyle is the sole worldwide private equity company with funds specifically earmarked exclusively for Japanese investments, and plans to tap investor desires for alternative investments, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government presses monetary expansion to fight deflation, keeping interest rates low.

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The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK): Current price $30.12

BNY Mellon is launching a significant two-year recruiting program to grow BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s sales force by 50 percent. What is more, the bank plans to add private bankers and mortgage bankers, portfolio managers and wealth strategists, alongside additional sales support staff. The move marks an important new step in BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s multi-year growth strategy through which to continue to build presence and capabilities both in the United States and worldwide.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (NYSE:RBS): Current price $10.44

The Prudential Regulation Authority will allow Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE:LYG) to fill multibillion-pound capital shortfalls with future earnings, and also by divesting assets, instead of forcing them to sell shares or to accept new government aid. The Authority is cooperating with the United Kingdom’s banks to explore ways in which to plug a 25-billion-pound capital gap identified in March, and said that RBS and Lloyds “have advanced their plans to a position where disclosure is appropriate,” and that additional announcements would be made by other banks as capital discussions are finalized.

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): Current price $25.06

Inside sources report that Morgan Stanley’s infrastructure investment division will search out $4 billion for a second worldwide fund. At that magnitude, the new pool from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners would equal the previous vehicle from 2008, which originally targeted $2.5 billion. The bank intends to officially commence raising money in the coming weeks, according to the same sources.

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