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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blackstone Group LP, the world’s largest manager of alternative assets, said on Thursday fourth-quarter earnings slumped 42 percent from a year earlier to $722 million, hurt by lower performance fees. Distributable earnings – the actual cash available for paying dividends – were 57 cents per unit in the fourth quarter, compared with $1 per unit a year earlier, when earnings were boosted by a windfall from the sale of European warehouse firm Logicor. Fee-related earnings, the amount Blackstone earns from management fees and a component of distributable earnings, were up 23 percent year on year at $433 million swank 10k gold cufflinks. Assets managed by Blackstone hit a record $472 billion at the end of 2018..

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would either strike a very big trade deal with China or “postpone” it, but it was not clear precisely what he was referring to. “This isn’t going to be a small deal with China. This is either going to be a very big deal, or it’s going to be a deal that we’ll just postpone for a little while,” Trump told reporters at the White House, without elaborating santos de cartier cufflinks. The world’s two largest economies are trying to strike a deal on trade by early March to avoid a planned increase in the tariff rate being imposed on Chinese imports by the United States..

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(Reuters) – General Electric Co beat estimates for sales and cash flow in the fourth quarter and said on Thursday it had reached a tentative deal to settle a subprime mortgage case with U.S. regulators, sending its shares sharply higher. GE stock briefly soared as much as 18 percent as profits and sales rose in its aviation, healthcare and oil-and-gas businesses, offsetting $1 billion in cumulative losses at its power and capital units versace cufflinks with diamonds. GE’s bond prices also rose sharply. In afternoon trading, the stock was up about 12 percent at $10.22..

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The S&P 500 gained 0.86 percent to end at 2,704.1 points, while the Nasdaq Composite added 1.37 percent to 7,281.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.06 percent to end at 24,999.67, hurt by DowDuPont Inc personalized cufflinks. DowDuPont dropped 9.23 percent after the chemical maker’s revenue fell short of expectations. The S&P materials sector declined 1.54 percent. The Nasdaq has gained 9.7 percent in 2019, while the Dow is up 7.2 percent. After the bell, Amazon.com Inc forecast quarterly sales below Wall Street estimates and its stock dipped 2.5 percent..

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