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Ares Management has made a declaration that one of its subsidiaries has closed a deal to buy Energy Investors Funds but it didn’t disclose the amount of its newest acquisition.

The leading global alternative asset manager may have become quiet about the financial aspects of the acquirement but there’s just one thing that is very vital–that energy will stay important for the public. Also, Ares Management recognizes that businesses will fall off if there isn’t sufficient supply of energy.

Also, while the company doesn’t talk that much about the amount involved in its acquisition of Energy Investors Funds, Ares Management was able to make the people involved known to the public like Latham & Watkins LLP that took care of the technicalities of the deal and Proskauer Rose LPP that led the legal matters.

Taking over a different company is not a first for Ares Management as it has already added a number of famed names under its bucket since it went public a few months ago. Most of the names added under Ares Management are by the way real estate and financial services companies.

Ares Management believes that the deal that it just finalized with Energy Investors Funds would be the key to its growth. As long as the company makes the right decisions moving forward, there would be more to its $4 billion assets.

This acquisition, just like the past mergers and other investments that the company has made are proofs that marketing decisions are all the time liquid. There isn’t any other sure way of getting a business going but to make developments on it.

The Porter Bancorp Inc. (PBI) posted a third quarter net loss of $849,000, equivalent to 12-cent per share, compared to the $168,000 net loss or 1-cent a share the previous year.

So far, the company has posted a 7.37 million dollar loss or 73-cent for every mutual diluted share, from last year’s 1.08 million dollar loss or 20-cent per mutual diluted share. The rise in the company loss shadowed a reaffirmation of its earnings for the second quarter.

The restatement transmits to the latest fair value assessments of commercial property attained by the company under agreement terms that reached June 24 of the current year, along with a debtor whom Porter had argumentative collection litigation. Thus, the earnings for the second part were mainly revised due to such matters, according to PBI’s meeting with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

The litigation’s adversarial nature hindered the bank to obtain the latest information substantial to the evaluation of the property, possessing it shortly prior to the second quarter ending.

PBI has noticed developments in asset quality, recording its non-performing assets ratio of overall assets equivalent to 9.62% during the third quarter, falling 14.33% in last year’s same period.

PBI continually complies with a permission order that has been agreed upon with the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, outlining an order to enhance asset quality, while reducing loan concentrations. The banking firm has been complying with the order for the past 10 quarters as reported.

Abercrombie & Fitch is one of the most authentic retailers of American clothing since the 1890’s until today. But it seems like the sales report has been declining due to some changes in the customer’s demands. And also because of some innovative brand ambassadors that were now out in the market.

The company is now focusing on developing brand new styles that would win the hearts of the teens and loyal customers of branded clothing. The fact that consumers were not focusing on the brand and logo anymore, seems to be a warning for Abercrombie and Fitch. Some brand new fashion ambassadors like Zara and Forever 21 which sells more innovative styles at affordable prices, sets a new trend.

Abercrombie and Fitch is now expanding the line of products they offer, not just clothes, but also offering bags and accessories to win back their loyal customers.

Also, aside from these changing demands of consumers, the visibility of these branded clothes was decreasing because of shorter mall hours. If there will be shorter hours, less people would see the changes and strategies offered by the company.

All were hoping to have Abercrombie and Fitch still be part of the emerging market. Honestly, ANN and GAP were also experiencing the same thing.

Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd posted lower revenue and profit for the quarter, missing the average estimate of analysts.

The company shares dropped 35% in the after-hours trading. Salix also reported an 88.6 million dollar net loss or 1.39 dollars per share during the third quarter, which ended September 30, compared to the last year’s 47.3 million dollars net income or71-cent per share.

The company earnings were at 1.53 dollars per share, excluding special items, while its revenue jumped 49% to 335 million dollars.

On average, analysts forecasted the profit of 1.55 dollars per share on 392.4 million revenues, based on Thomson Reuters.

The company, on Thursday, cuts its full-year estimate, indicating that its inventory piled up for its key drug. According to experts, the Allergan, Inc.’s supposedly acquisition of Salix was put on hold due to the inventory issues.

Salix, make of bowel drug, said it has adequate stock that is good for at least 5 months, contrasting earlier statements that it has stock that can last for only weeks. There were $155 million inventory as of September 30, up by 50% since the beginning of the year.

The company now expects a $5.20 a share for its 2014 profit to $1.4 billion revenue, except special items. The average forecast of analysts was at $6.17 per share on $1.6 billion revenue.

Britain’s Morrisons reported another big decline in its quarterly sales as consumers preferred either to save from discount stores and chains or pay more for high-class treats; however, the company said its aim to respond towards the shifting industry trends is working.

Though wages are stationary, discounters are flourishing and nearly all Britain’s grocers have been responding by slicing prices, hitting profits. On Thursday, Sainsbury disclosed a new tactic in the playing field so as to regain thrifty shoppers, launching a discounted store with Netto, a Danish firm.

Some families are spending more in stores like the Aldi, Lidl, including Marks & Spencer, which reported its 20th straight rise in quarterly sales on Wednesday. Thus, such changes in spending habits have hurt mid-range stores the hardest.

A Conlumino analyst said Morrisons continually manifests battle scars, caused by structural changes in the ongoing grocery market.

On Thursday, the company posted a 6.3% drop in sales at Morrisons stores that are operating for more than a year, except fuel for the third quarter, steeper than the analysts’ estimates of 5.2%, while a 7.6% decline in the second quarter.

The company shares jumped 9.3%, despite the 42% decline last year. The company said the quantity shoppers are buying show improvement, thus, expressing confidence for its 2014-2015 profit outlook, along with a detailed progress in reducing its debt.

On Thursday, the EDF, a French utility industry, said that a robust French nuclear output recompensed the negative effects of adverse weather in its first 9-month sales for the year.

The company sales jumped only 0.4% to 52.3B euros or 65B dollars. Its sales, based on like-for-like, merger activity adjustments, and currency impact, dropped 1.3%.

The company said its nuclear plants’ output expanded to 305.1 terawatt per hour, up 2.5% from the previous period, after plans on reducing outage duration. The company also confirmed its 2014 guidance, targeting the upper range.

Henri Proglio, company CEO said EDF showed off a robust Q3 performance, despite weather conditions and economic challenges, also confirming the company’s 2014 targets.

Jean-Bernard Levy will replace the current CEO by month-end. Levy is the leader of Thales, an aerospace and defense company.

EDF expects its 2014 group consolidated earnings before EBITDA, except its Edison unit to indicate a primary increase of 3% at least.

However, the firm confirmed its review of its target to generate positive cash flows after dividends, except its Linky smart meters investment by 2018. The investment will be installed in households from 2016 to 2020, expecting to cost 5B euros.

Company shares drifted after the government of France scrapped a 5% plan of tariff increase last August, and allowed only a 2.5% increase beginning November 1. Shares dropped 11% to date, and rated as the third poorest performer in the utilities index .SX6P.

Allianz, a German insurer, increased the amount of profit the company will give to its shareholders as dividends, promising to sustain the cash flow after reporting its increased net profit during the third quarter that beats estimates.

On Thursday, the biggest European insurer said it will reimburse 50% of its net profit as dividends, compared to the previous 40%. The move was surprising, and will help pacify the shareholders who are anxious about management turmoil as well as investor outflows in Pimco, the company’s management arm.

Dividend policy will be reviewed towards the year-end, after facing recommendations suggested by investors and analysts to deliver its dividend in line with competitors such as the Zurich Insurance that reimburses nearly 70% of its net results.

Allianz said the management intends to assess and reimburse the reserved budget earmarked for exterior growth every 3 years, with the first review by 2016’s end.

The company’s net profit and quarterly operating profit jumped 11% and 5%, respectively, beating the analysts’ estimate, including its operating profit in asset management and property-casualty insurance. However, an 8% drop in its asset management was posted the previous quarter.

Allianz is also expecting a 10.5B euros earning in its operating profit within the year. Company net profit rose to 1.6B euros during the quarter, from the previous quarter’s 1.45B euros, surpassing the average forecast of 1.54B euros.

ConocoPhillips has become more impressive in its third quarter outing after its decision to sell out units from its Nigeria base. The total increase that the company has experienced so far is equivalent to $71.32. This is already .8 percent of their total records.

This is also despite the plummeting of the prices of oil. Recently, the industry experienced a 20 percent melt down in the prices. This affects the trade because of the more expensive stocks that they have on hand. They will have to deal with the losses that will accrue in case the old expensive stock will be sold at a lower price.

The company is also expected to lose by $700 million dollars this year. They are projected to use up as much as $16 billion. The huge difference was recorded in the same time last year.

The reason for their cut portfolios is their new investments in relatively the same field. They have been looking at equipment and units for shale drilling. This is located in Southern Texas, in Eagle Ford exactly.

There is still a lot of chances under the pockets of this company. They have already predicted their numbers to go up come 2015. The only identifying circumstance right now would be the players around and the prices.

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