The stock of Stilwell Financial ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange last Thursday, replaced by shares of mutual fund giant Janus Capital Group Inc. The event marked the end of Stilwell, Janus' erstwhile parent company, and also signaled the end of a long-fought battle for Janus executives to wrest control of the nation's sixth-largest equity manager..

But Jan. 2 also marked what company executives hope will be a turnaround for Janus.

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