Jan 13 BlackRock Inc, the world's
biggest asset manager, reported a 1.2 percent fall in quarterly
profit on Friday as investors rushed into low-cost funds.
The New York-based company's net income fell to $851 million
in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $861 million a year
On a per share basis, BlackRock earned $5.13, up from $5.11
in the prior quarter as the number of shares outstanding fell.
On an adjusted basis, earnings amounted to $5.14 per share.
Analysts on average had expected earnings of $5.02 per
share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, although it was not
immediately clear if the numbers were comparable.
(Reporting by Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru and Trevor Hunnicutt
in New York; Editing by Ted Kerr)