Dec 14 Blackrock Inc
* BlackRock investor Russ Koesterich says on CNBC that it's very hard to justify defensive sector stock prices
* BlackRock's Koesterich says 5 to 10 percent rise in U.S. dollar would present challenges for large-cap stocks Further company coverage:
Groups appeal decision that upheld U.S. rule on retirement advice
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 Five U.S. financial services groups on Friday appealed a federal court decision handed down earlier this month that upheld an Obama-era rule designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice.
BRIEF-General electric does not expect total after-tax charges through completion of Ge Capital Exit Plan
* General Electric - due to anticipated tax benefits and gains, co does not expect total after-tax charges through completion of ge capital exit plan to exceed initial $23 billion estimate