Orange County Business Journal

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Profit Return

Two years of heavy losses at banks and thrifts seem to be coming to an end.

By Murray Coleman June 13, 2010 midnight share »
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BofA, Merrill Integration Progresses; $25B Under Management

Bank of America is looking to largely wrap up its local integration of Merrill Lynch by August

By Murray Coleman May 16, 2010 midnight share »
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Lenders More Than Doubled Local Small-Business Loans

The amount of loans made by the largest 20 Small Business Administration lenders in the county jumped to $155 million for the six months through March, according to this week’s Business Journal list. Includes the 2010 OC's SBA LENDERS for download (pdf)

By Murray Coleman May 16, 2010 midnight share »
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Small-Business Owners Find Different Ways to Grow in Recovering Economy

The Business Journal took a look at four such small-business owners and their efforts to build bigger customer bases as the county moves out of recession and into recovery.

By Murray Coleman May 16, 2010 midnight share »
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Lending Leap

Small-business loans jumped in the first quarter

By Murray Coleman May 16, 2010 midnight share »

Buyout Firm Wins Fremont General Out Of Bankruptcy

Distressed buyout firm Signature Group Holdings LLP has been chosen to revive fallen subprime mortgage lender Fremont General Corp.

By Murray Coleman May 12, 2010 8:04 a.m. share »
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Brea Church Lender Looking to Raise $100M

A company that specializes in mortgage loans to churches is trying to raise $100 million

By Murray Coleman May 9, 2010 midnight share »
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Distinctive Designs

Handbag designer Harveys Industries is making some changes; Local purse maker Revamp Productions is venturing into clothes

By Murray Coleman, Sherri Cruz May 9, 2010 midnight share »
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Applied Signal Expands Anaheim Hills Operation

Defense contractor Applied Signal has relocated its local operations within Anaheim

By Murray Coleman May 9, 2010 midnight share »
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Early Venture Funding Still Hard to Come By

Where have all the venture capitalists gone?

By Murray Coleman May 2, 2010 midnight share »
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Regrouping UBS Expands Locally, Plans to Add to Ranks of Advisers

The investment advisory arm of embattled UBS AG has gained business in OC and is looking for a bigger piece of the local market

By Murray Coleman May 2, 2010 midnight share »

Eaton Vance Taps Manager for Fund; Focused on Commodities, Then Some

FINANCE: A former money manager at Pimco and his Aliso Viejo firm have been tapped to manage a commodities mutual fund

By Murray Coleman April 25, 2010 midnight share »
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Eaton Aerospace Unit Brings on Workers with New Markets Push

AEROSPACE: Eaton’s local aerospace operations are seeing more work than they have in years

By Murray Coleman April 25, 2010 midnight share »

Pacific Mercantile Returns To Profitability

Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bank, the county's largest bank or thrift by assets, climbed back into profitability in the first quarter as its stock kept outperforming by reaching a new 52-week high.

By Murray Coleman April 23, 2010 7:34 a.m. share »

Tepid 2010 Job Growth Forecast

Job growth is seen for Orange County later this year but at a slower rate than originally predicted, according to an updated forecast by California State University, Fullerton economists.

By Murray Coleman April 20, 2010 1:57 p.m. share »

Venture Funding Rose 57% in First Quarter

The value of venture capital deals in the county rose 57% in the first quarter to $201.6 million from a year earlier, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

By Murray Coleman April 19, 2010 2:01 p.m. share »
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Veteran Architect Turns to China, Starts to See Some U.S. Recovery

ARCHITECTURE: A veteran local architect has turned to China

By Murray Coleman April 18, 2010 midnight share »

Small Business Lending Surges

Small business loans in the county jumped to $80.7 million in the first quarter, a 172% rise from a year ago, according to the Small Business Administration’s Santa Ana district staff.

By Murray Coleman April 16, 2010 10:38 a.m. share »

County's Unemployment Rate Up In March

The county's unemployment rate returned to more than 10% in March, but the pace of yearly layoffs slowed with a gain in jobs from February to March.

By Murray Coleman April 16, 2010 10:31 a.m. share »
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Fremont Bankruptcy Reaches Final Phase

Fallen subprime mortgage lender Fremont General is moving closer to emerging from bankruptcy after nearly two years of wrangling

By Murray Coleman April 14, 2010 5:25 a.m. share »

Real Estate Loans a Concern for Some Banks

Real estate investors aren’t the only ones concerned about a possible wave of commercial mortgage defaults

By Murray Coleman April 11, 2010 midnight share »

Register Investor Set to Gain Stake In L.A. Times Parent

A New York-based distressed buyout firm that has acquired a stake in Irvine-based Freedom Communications Inc. is making a bid for part of another media company, the parent of the Los Angeles Times.

By Murray Coleman April 9, 2010 8 a.m. share »

Pacific Mercantile Bank Narrows Loss

Costa Mesa’s Pacific Mercantile Bank, the largest based in Orange County, reported a narrowed fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday.

By Murray Coleman April 7, 2010 2:30 p.m. share »

Pimco Readies More Funds in ETFs Push

Pimco is expanding its move into exchange-traded funds

By Murray Coleman April 4, 2010 midnight share »

Distressed Investor Grabs Stake in Register Parent

A New York-based private equity firm specializing in distressed debt is set to become a leading investor in Freedom Communications

By Murray Coleman April 4, 2010 midnight share »
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Execs Turn Solidly Positive

Executives have turned solidly optimistic in their outlook for the second quarter

By Murray Coleman April 4, 2010 midnight share »
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Blue Horseshoe Loves ...

With Wall Street now in a yearlong rebound, wealth managers have adjusted their strategies.

By Murray Coleman March 28, 2010 midnight share »
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Top Wealth Managers Manage $8B for Wealthy, Other Clients

Those on the Business Journal’s list of top wealth managers report that they’ve made it through two tumultuous years of investing without severe slippage in clients or returns.

By Murray Coleman March 28, 2010 midnight share »
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Subprime Auto Loans Coming Back to Life

Are subprime auto loan makers back in business?

By Murray Coleman March 28, 2010 midnight share »
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In Case You Missed It: We’re in Recovery

OC’s economy is approaching a full year of recovery, though that may not mean much if you’re still looking for a job

By Murray Coleman March 21, 2010 midnight share »
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Global Investor Eyes Newport Expansion

A stock brokerage and investment advisory firm run by economist Peter Schiff has moved to new offices within Newport Beach with plans to hire

By Murray Coleman March 21, 2010 midnight share »
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Private Equity Spending Again, Targeting Smaller Cos.

The encouraging signs are for private equity investments

By Murray Coleman March 14, 2010 midnight share »
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Sun Also Rises

Sunwest Bank is turning up the heat on its competitors

By Murray Coleman March 14, 2010 midnight share »
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Roth Conference on Rebound; Billy Idol

Roth Capital opens its yearly three-day Roth Orange County Growth Stock Conference with more global flavor and an eye on better economic times

By Murray Coleman March 14, 2010 midnight share »
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Good Values

Why rising company valuations aren’t expected to deter potential buyers

By Murray Coleman March 14, 2010 midnight share »

Pacific Life Reports Higher Assets, Revenues

The county's largest private employer improved its financial position in 2009.

By Murray Coleman March 11, 2010 9:03 a.m. share »

Bren Leads OC Billionaires On Forbes List

Local businessmen, led by Donald Bren, again make Forbes' latest list of the world's top billionaires.

By Murray Coleman March 10, 2010 4:03 p.m. share »
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Rise in Bad Loans Raises Questions for Two Little Saigon Banks

First Vietnamese American Bank and Saigon National Bank recently scored poorly in a test of their bad loans and real estate against their cash reserves

By Murray Coleman March 7, 2010 midnight share »
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Mattress Maker Mounts Turnaround

Two years of lagging sales didn’t bring an end to a local mattress maker

By Murray Coleman March 7, 2010 midnight share »
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Life After Crash for Private Equity

Private equity deals continued flowing in OC in the past two years

By Murray Coleman March 1, 2010 midnight share »
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Roth Sees Surge with China, Wall St. Jump

The county’s largest homegrown bank has seen the values of its deals triple from last year

By Murray Coleman March 1, 2010 midnight share »
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BofA Reclaims Lead; Fewer Deals, Integration Plays Out

The tale of commercial banking in Orange County has become one of size

By Murray Coleman February 22, 2010 midnight share »
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Smaller Savings and Loan Pack Regroups, Sees Gain in Deposits

What’s going on in the local thrift scene.

By Murray Coleman February 22, 2010 midnight share »

Local Consolidation Nears Peak; Locals May Be Regional Buyers

Some believe OC is immune to the continuing bank failures expected to play out this year

By Murray Coleman February 22, 2010 midnight share »

One Year Out

Not all of the dust has settled from the epic reshuffling of the local banking market that started in late 2008.

By Murray Coleman February 22, 2010 midnight share »

Local Bat Maker Sees Big Revenue Jump, Sells to MLB

Trinity Bat in Fullerton just got its first big supply of wood to kick off a new baseball season, in the Small Business column

By Murray Coleman February 15, 2010 midnight share »
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Manufacturing Costs Rise as Sales Stay Soft

The budding recovery is proving to be a double-edged sword for manufacturers

By Murray Coleman February 15, 2010 midnight share »
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Fledgling Hedge Fund Gets $40M Placement

One of the county’s larger hedge fund managers is getting a $40 million multiyear placement from a French investment company

By Murray Coleman February 8, 2010 midnight share »
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JPMorgan Set to Leave WaMu Office, Consolidate

JPMorgan is moving its local headquarters but staying in Irvine

By Murray Coleman February 8, 2010 midnight share »
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Federal Guarantees for SBA Loans Aimed at Spurring Lending

New federal loan guarantees designed to spur lending to small business are due within weeks

By Murray Coleman January 31, 2010 midnight share »

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