Finance

VC investment starts year strong, posting huge 1Q

What a way to usher in a new fiscal year -- the first quarter of 2014 saw venture capital investment at its highest level since the first quarter of 2001, and mergers and acquisitions at their highest quarterly figure since the third quarter of 2000.

Vital Therapies prices IPO

Vital Therapies Inc. (NASDAQ: VTL) announced Wednesday evening the pricing of its initial public offering of 4.5 million shares of common stock, at a price to the public of $12 per share.

Torrey Hills Capital retained by Canadian cosmetic ingredient company

Sirona Biochem Corp. has retained the services of San Diego Torrey Hills Capital Inc. to provide market awareness and investor relations services.

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SDCCU names two senior VPs

ARTS

Legality of opera shutdown questioned

Navy Federal opens new branch at Naval Base Point Loma

TECHNOLOGY

BrightScope hires Chris Riggio as chief revenue officer

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Mid-cap stocks are getting some love, finally

Maybe the middle child really should be the favorite.

S&P 500 Posts Best Week Since July as Earnings Surpass Estimates

April 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posted its best week since July, rebounding from a technology- driven selloff, as corporate earnings from major Wall Street banks to Yahoo! Inc. surpassed estimates.

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In The News

Apr. 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m. -- In local news, the San Diego Military Advisory Council released an economic study for fiscal year 2013, while economists discussed the local, state and national economies at the UCLA Anderson Forecast Thursday.

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George Chamberlin on the Markets

April 14, 2014 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin recaps last week's financial events and looks at the week's upcoming announcements.

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Dr. Lynn Reaser, Point Loma Nazarene University

Dr. Lynn Reaser, Chief Economist of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at PLNU, discusses the Economic Outlook event, which was held Dec. 6.

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INSIDER TRADES

Last Updated 4/17/2014

PRICESMART INC

Laparte, Jose Luis, CEO, Sold
No. of Shares: 16,976
Date Filed: 04/14/2014

ARENA PHARMACEUTICALS INC

Nova, Bennett Tina Susan, D, Sold
No. of Shares: 35,000
Date Filed: 04/14/2014

ARENA PHARMACEUTICALS INC

Nova, Bennett Tina Susan, D, Options Exercised
No. of Shares: 35,000
Date Filed: 04/14/2014

VIASAT INC

Nash, Jeffrey M, D, Sold
No. of Shares: 1,125
Date Filed: 04/15/2014

ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP INC

Masih, Ashish, O, Sold
No. of Shares: 897
Date Filed: 04/14/2014

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