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UTi, Jakks Among Week’s Biggest Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies rose for the week.

Platinum Equity Sells Portfolio Company

Platinum Equity on Thursday said it completed the sale of fleet equipment rental company Nesco to an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners.

Forecast: Growth to Gain Steam in L.A. County

L.A. County can expect to add more than 150,000 jobs over the next two years, according to an upbeat local forecast released today.

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Bitcoin Broker Bets on Digital Change

INTERNET: ExpressCoin sees real returns from virtual currency.

Brokerage ExpressCoin seeks to make real money by handling digital trades for bitcoins.

Bitcoin at a Glance

Quick rundown on the controversial cryptocurrency.

Shine of Times

Metals: Dealers see rise in silver sales while once-high-flying gold brought low by stock market’s recovery.

Dealers have taken a shine to silver as gold’s investment luster has waned.

Xencor, United Online Among Week’s Biggest Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies rose slightly for the week.

Indictments in Movie Finance Scheme

Three San Fernando Valley residents were indicted Thursday on charges related to running fraudulent telemarketing schemes that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.said solicited investments in movies with false promises of high returns and little risk.

Forecast: Modest L.A. Job Growth This Year and Next

L.A. County will continue to add jobs, but at a frustratingly slow pace, according to a forecast the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. released today.

Group to Spur Job Creation in Innovation Industries

Leaders from L.A.’s tech, venture capital and entrepreneur communities and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday announced they will join forces to promote the region as an innovation center and spur job creation.

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Investment Bank OKs Buyer With Stake in State

ACQUISITION: De La Rosa sees pickup by Stifel boosting its public bond business.

The partners at Century City investment bank and bond underwriter De La Rosa & Co. had wanted to sell to a bigger firm for a few years, and they’d had offers.

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Building Interest

Investor moves crowdfunding model into real estate

It may have seemed unremarkable when Beverly Hills real estate company Realty Mogul Co. invested in five Baldwin Hills apartment buildings last month in deals that totaled $15 million. But it was remarkable because of this: They were financed through crowdfunding.

Medbox Shares Jump on U.S. Banking Ruling

Shares of West Hollywood marijuana services provider Medbox Inc., jumped 27 percent on Friday after U.S. officials took steps that could lead to banks being able serve marijuana-selling businesses.

Qualstar, Arrowhead Among Week’s Biggest Movers

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest local public companies closed higher for the week.

Earnings Roundup: J2 Global, Oaktree, VCA Antech

J2 Global Inc. shares jumped 19 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the Hollywood company reported better-than-expected adjusted profit and gave optimistic future guidance. Oaktree Capital Group on Thursday said its fourth-quarter profit rose 65 percent. VCA Antech Inc. said that it moved to profit in its fourth quarter as revenue from its veterinary clinics and laboratories grew.