Blackstone deploys nearly $12 bln, more than half in PE
Realizations surpass $16.1 bln in Q1
President James says firm optimistic on U.S. economy
Blackstone Group bought a lot of assets in the first quarter, but it sold more. The firm realized more than $16.1 billion across its entire platform in the quarter, a record for the firm, an April 20 earnings report shows. ...