• Apple To Join The Dow Jones Industrial Average March 18, Replacing AT&T

    Apple To Join The Dow Jones Industrial Average March 18, Replacing AT&T

    Apple’s stock will be listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) beginning this month, bumping U.S. carrier AT&T from the list, reports the WSJ. The move has been discussed and anticipated for a while now, and results from a trend begun with the addition of other tech giants including Microsoft and Intel back at the turn of the millennium. Apple will join the DJIA, also known… Read More

  • Dow Jones Says Q1 2012 U.S. Venture Fundraising Up 5 Percent, NVCA Reports 35 Percent Decrease

    Dow Jones Says Q1 2012 U.S. Venture Fundraising Up 5 Percent, NVCA Reports 35 Percent Decrease

    Thanks to big raises from venture firms like Andreessen Horowitz, U.S. venture capital fund-raising increased to $7 billion across 47 funds in the first quarter of 2012, which is a 5% increase in capital raised and a 34% increase in fund closings from the same period last year according to Dow Jones. The report says that 23 early-stage funds raised $1.6 billion, which is a 35% increase in… Read More

  • Report: 522 Exits Of Venture-Backed US Companies Netted $53.2 Billion In 2011

    Report: 522 Exits Of Venture-Backed US Companies Netted $53.2 Billion In 2011

    According to a Dow Jones VentureSource report released this morning, fewer US-based venture-backed companies exited in 2011 than the year before, but the deals netted more capital as the median price for M&A and buyouts, as well the median amount raised in initial public offerings, spiked. Dow Jones VentureSource says there were 522 exits of venture-backed companies in the US throughout… Read More

  • European Venture Capital Activity Down 28% In The First Half Of 2011

    European Venture Capital Activity Down 28% In The First Half Of 2011

    If you needed more proof that the venture capital industry here in Europe is struggling to keep up, here are some new facts and figures from Dow Jones VentureSource to prove there’s most certainly no bubble in these parts. According to DJV, European venture-backed companies have raised 2.2 billion euros through 447 deals in the first half of this year, a 28 percent decline in deal… Read More

  • U.S. Venture Fundraising Up 20 Percent In First Half Of 2011

    Dow Jones is reporting mixed numbers for venture fundraising this morning, releasing data that shows that capital raised for U.S. venture funds rose 20 percent over the same period a year ago, to $8.1 billion. But that stat comes with a caveat— the number of funds that held closings plummeted 38% to 50 funds. Seven firms were responsible for raising the bulk of the $8.1 billion, raising… Read More

  • U.S. Venture Funds Raised $7.7 Billion In First Quarter, Highest Influx In A Decade

    U.S. venture capital firms raised more money last quarter than in any period since 2001. The total raised for new funds was $7.7 billion, according to Dow Jones LP Source. The capital going into VC funds was up 97 percent from a year ago, when they raised $3.9 billion. (Venture capital funds benefited from an overall influx of money into U.S. private equity funds overall, which attracted… Read More

  • M&A Activity Down 22 Percent in Q1, But IPOs And Acquisition Amounts On The Rise

    DowJones Venture Source has released its quarterly data on venture-backed exists and its appears that M&A activity has dropped in Q1 2011 despite the momentum that venture-backed exits gained throughout 2010. In the first quarter of 2011, 104 U.S.-based venture-backed companies achieved liquidity, netting $9.8 billion, according to VentureSource. That represents a 21% decrease in exits and… Read More

  • Report: European VC funding bounces back, IT is the "star performer"

    European VC funding has bounced back. That’s according to Q2 figures produced by Dow Jones VentureSource which reports that investment is up by 50 percent compared to the record low of this time last year. €1.1 billion into 289 deals against 252 deals, which raised just €735 million. But specifically, says Dow Jones, the Information Technology (IT) industry, which apparently… Read More

  • The IPO Survives! Second Quarter Sees $900 Million Worth Of Exits

    The IPO Survives! Second Quarter Sees $900 Million Worth Of Exits

    The beloved, endangered IPO is showing signs of revival, or at least survival. In the second quarter of 2010, there were 15 venture-backed IPOs in the U.S., which raised a total of $899 million, according to data released today by Dow Jones VentureSource. The amount raised is nearly four times as much as the same, admittedly moribund, period a year ago, when there were only 3 IPOs and… Read More

  • BanxCorp Files Antitrust Complaint Against The NYT, Fox, CNN, Dow Jones, Others

    BanxCorp this morning announced that it has filed a federal antitrust complaint against nine firms, including Dow Jones & Co, Fox News, The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC. The company alleges (PDF) that the nine companies engage in “unlawful per se horizontal market division, customer allocation, and price fixing agreements” with its competitors in the market for bank rate… Read More

  • Wall Street Journal Pro Edition Now Available For Consumers ($49 per Month)

    Back in October 2009, Dow Jones debuted a premium business news site dubbed The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition in an attempt to get companies to pay up $588 a year for access to more personalized, business-related news and analysis. This morning, the WSJ Pro Edition became available to consumers as well, at the exact same price point ($49 per month) although existing… Read More

  • Venture-Backed Exit Activity Is Picking Up Again

    Venture-Backed Exit Activity Is Picking Up Again

    Two separate reports were released this morning, both bringing upbeat news of increased exit activity (M&A, IPOs) for venture-backed companies in the first quarter of 2010. We take a look at the most important findings for both the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, and Dow Jones VentureSource’s assessment of IPO and M&A activity in… Read More

  • Apple and Google to replace GM and Citigroup on Dow Jones?

    There is talk around the ol’ internet watercooler that General Motors and Citigroup are about to be kicked off the Dow Jones Industrial Average due to their lackluster performance and long term outlook. Both of the companies stocks are trading around a $1 with Citigroup taking the title of the first stock to be traded on the index as a penny stock. Since the Dow follows 30 of the largest… Read More

  • When Dow Jones says there will be an Apple netbook, there won't be an Apple netbook

    Dow Jones made a few calls last night to Wintek and Quanta and are currently reporting that Apple is planning a touchscreen netbook. This means with 70% certainty that Apple isn’t planning a touchscreen netbook. Read More

  • Why Does the Wall Street Journal Hate the Web?

    Ever since the rear-guard at the Wall Street Journal won the battle to keep its news pages behind its subscription wall (although, its opinion pages are now free), they have been cracking down especially hard on anyone trying to breach that wall—even if those people happen to be paying subscribers. In what appears to be an attempt to discourage freeloaders, the is locking out… Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal Edges Towards Free

    In a concession to increased competition from the blogosphere and other newspapers throwing in the towel on paid-subscription walls for online content, the Wall Street Journal is making its opinion pages and commentary free. Does that mean the rest of the paper will soon be free online as well? It is certainly in keeping with new owner Rupert Murdoch’s previous public statements to… Read More

  • Murdoch To Turn WSJ Into Quasi Reuters/ AP

    The News Corp owned The Australian newspaper is to start syndicating content from the Wall Street Journal complete with WSJ branding. According to The Guardian, the deal comes before the finalization of the News Corp takeover of Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal’s parent company, however may indicate a sign of things to come. The Australian previously syndicated content from the… Read More

  • Google to Distribute Premium Content, Just Like on the Tee Vee

    Google is partnering with some premium content suppliers, including Dow Jones, Condé Nast, and BMG Music Entertainment, to offer video — coupled with ads — on sites like StreetInsider and a few others. Essentially, they’re repackaging big media, adding some ads, and letting blogs post it like it was theirs. “Once upon a time, if you had some video content that you… Read More