Financial Shares Ending With Small Gains; Two Publicly Traded Funds Seen Cashing In From Twitter Stakes


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Financial stocks are posting slight gains today with the NYSE Financial Sector Index gaining 0.1% and the S&P Financial 100 Index also adding 0.1%.

In company news, A pair of publicly traded investment funds - GSV Capital ( GSVC ) and the Firsthand Technology Value Fund ( SVVC ) - are rising today after Twitter late yesterday disclosed plans for an upcoming initial public offering of stock.

GSVC is up nearly 14% this afternoon at $13.81 a share, rising as high as $14.16 today because of its reported stake in the 140-character social networking company valued at around $37.6 million at the end of June, according to recent regulatory filings reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. At the time, that was just over 15% of the total value of the fund.

SVVC is up about 6.3% today at $24.35 a share as a result of the closed-end fund's Twitter stake. It said Twitter represents about 10.5% of the firm's gross assets, according to a securities filing. It had about $213.8 million in total assets, according to the same filing.

Other details of the two funds' Twitter stakes - including the number of shares and their buy-in price as well as their potential take from the IPO - likely won't be known until three weeks before the actual offering, when Twitter will be required to provide public copies of its S-1 filing with regulators.

In other sector news,

(+) JPM, Big bank plans to spend another $4 billion and commit as many as 5,000 additional employees this year to clean up its recent risk and compliance problems, according to the Wall Street Journal.

(-) INN, Prices public offering of 15 million shares at $9.20 each, a discount of almost 6% to Thursday's closing price. Deal will raise about $132.3 mln to be used to reduce debt and for potential acquisitions.

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