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June 24, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Italian investors who specialize in buying trophy historic properties have acquired one of the best in Los Angeles -- the 84-year-old Fine Arts Building.   Sorgente Group of America, which controls the famous Flatiron Building in New York, bought the Fine Arts Building for $28.5 million from Los Angeles attorneys Brian Kabateck and Mark Geragos.   “Our acquisitions always have historic and architectural relevance, as our passion and dedication lies within the value of iconic buildings such as the Fine Arts Building,” said Veronica Mainetti, president of Sorgente Group of America.
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BUSINESS
May 11, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - Investors are selling off shares of major U.S. banks in midday trading on Wall Street, following news of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s stunning $2-billion trading loss. While major indexes were initially down in early trading, all had turned positive three hours after the opening bell. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 42 points, or 0.3%, to 12,897. The Nasdaq was up 19 points, or 0.7%, to 2,953. JPMorgan's stock, however, was down sharply - losing $2.82, or 7%, to $37.92 a share.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Nestled on a hilltop, the three-bedroom ranch house was once a warren of illegal structures -- occupied by as many as 15 people before the place descended into disrepair and skidded close to foreclosure. The surrounding neighborhood once had a reputation for gang violence. But on a recent Sunday, eager couples -- Asian, caucasian, Latino -- were touring the home. Gone were the moldy walls, the piles of abandoned bedroom junk and the broken-down cars, car parts and washing machines littering the lawn.
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June 18, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Eighteen people have been charged with fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme that involved cold-calling investors to bankroll indie-film productions, the FBI and U.S attorney's office said Friday. The indictments allege that since 2004, Burbank-based Q Media Assets and Sherman Oaks-based Cinamour Entertainment LLC solicited $25 million from investors for a handful of films, some of which were never made or went straight to DVD. FBI Special Agent Steven Goldman said the companies used high-pressure sales tactics that misrepresented material facts.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Zynga just gave Facebook investors something else to worry about. Shares of the social networking powerhouse plunged 24 hours ahead of its first earnings report as a public company, taken down by a double whammy: disappointing results from social gaming company Zynga and comments from Zynga Chief Executive Mark Pincus who, in part, blamed Facebook for slashing its outlook for 2012. Facebook shares were down 8% to $27 in after-hours trading. Zynga accounted for 12% of Facebook's revenue in 2011.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
American Apparel Inc. is getting a desperately needed financial lifeline. A group of Canadian investors has agreed to inject up to $45 million to help the trendy Los Angeles clothier — and its iconoclastic chief executive, Dov Charney — stave off a potential bankruptcy filing. The retailer has been buffeted by declining sales and a sagging stock price — not to mention a public-relations firestorm stemming from sexual-harassment lawsuits filed by former employees against Charney.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
In a sharply worded letter released Wednesday,  Mike Lynch, former chief executive of Autonomy, has accused Hewlett-Packard of misleading shareholders about the accounting problems it claimed to have uncovered at the British company it acquired in 2011. HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman announced in November 2012 that the company was taking a $5-billion write-down after a whistle-blower had alerted them to widespread fraud at Autonomy. The company referred the matter to a number of U.S. and British regulatory authorities.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2009 | Associated Press
After getting worrisome signs about consumers from bankers' earnings reports, investors will be looking at a broad range of companies this week for further insights into the outlook for the economy. Consumer-focused companies including Apple Inc., McDonald's Corp., appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. and toy maker Hasbro Inc. are among those reporting results during the week. Airlines, drug companies and more big banks are also scheduled to release their earnings. The market is so focused on companies' third-quarter results and their outlooks for the coming months that economic data such as the September sales report for previously owned homes that is expected this week isn't likely to move the market much.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
California regulators have accused the husband of an Orange County assemblywoman of misleading investors in his real estate lending business. The Department of Real Estate alleged that Dan Harkey, husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point), engaged in self-dealing and made "misrepresentations of fact to investors. " The agency's disciplinary action seeks to suspend or revoke the corporate broker license issued to Harkey's three companies, Point Center Financial Inc., National Financial Lending Inc. and Calcomm Capital Inc. An administrative hearing on the accusation, filed Nov. 19, has not been scheduled.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't as breathlessly awaited as the latest iPad or iPhone, but investors may come to appreciate the iDividend just as much. Investors have been clamoring for Apple Inc. to begin making quarterly payouts as the tech giant's stock price has doubled since June and its cash hoard neared $100 billion. The announcement Monday illustrates the importance that investors place on dividends — especially during times of market uncertainty. Pressure from shareholders has prompted American companies to boost dividend payments at a record pace in the last few years, and experts say the trend will continue.
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