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Who Is Going To Finally Stop Herbalife?

By Matt Stewart: This week Nu Skin (NYSE:NUS) and Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) investors were treated to yet another installment of Australian Hedge Fund Manager John Hempton's thoughts about MLMs here. John compared the working capital cycles of these two companies and concluded that Herbalife is healthier than Nuskin. Show More Summary

Apple Inc. (AAPL), Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI), Danaher Corporation (DHR): Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Top Stocks

In its latest 13F filing, Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, revealed its equity portfolio, worth more than $70 billion, for the second quarter of 2014. The hedge fund revealed more than 10,000 positions in its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. From the fund’s second-quarter 2014 portfolio, we have picked three […]


FactSet is out with its quarterly report on which 50 stocks are most widely held by the 50 largest hedge funds. According to their research, FactSet found that these funds increased their equity exposure by 9.8% in the second quarter. Show More Summary

The Key Metric Used By The Best Money Manager You've Never Heard Of

Although the hedge fund industry attracts the best and the brightest, few fund managers are considered to be a “genius.” I think Baupost’s Seth Klarman deserves such accolades, and

Activist Hedge Fund Claims Victory Over Bob Evans

Sandell Asset Management said on Wednesday that it had won at least five seats on the eight-member board of the restaurant operator and food processor.

Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc (GOOG), Facebook Inc (FB): Billionaire David Tepper’s Top Technology Picks for Q2

According to an article published on Insider Monkey a couple of months ago, David Tepper of Appaloosa Management Lp, Larry Robbins of Glenview Capital, and Michael Castor of Sio Capital are the three best hedge fund managers of 2013. So, as we continue to analyze the recently filed 13Fs for the second quarter of 2014, we would […]

Oil States International Inc. (OIS), CONN’S Inc. (CONN), Civeo Corp (CVEO): David Einhorn’s Top Small-Cap Picks for Q2

Our research has shown that the most popular small-cap stock picks ($1 billion – $5 billion market cap) amongst hedge funds have historically outperformed the wider market by 18 percentage points. Therefore, in this article, we will look into David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital’s top small-cap picks for the second quarter (check out its first quarter small-cap picks […]

Why So Many “Global Warming Skeptics?

Well, according to one liberal billionaire – a hedge fund manager – it’s because 99.5% of all Americans are “not super sophisticated”.   Presumably that’s his polite way of saying it’s because we “just don’t know any better”. It’ can’t possibly be because recent climate data doesn’t support the thesis; that the theory is completely the […]

All's Fair in Love and Teacher-Bashing

I'm a teacher, so I write about education. But if I were a NY Times columnist, I could write about hedge funds. I probably wouldn't write very well about them because I'm not really clear on what they are. But, like NY Times columnists,...Show More Summary

Merging Finance and Health Care Leadership – Robert Rubin Proteges Running DHHS, Spouse of Hedge Fund Magnate Running the FDA

Yves here. This post describes a pair of examples in the mistaken assumption that financiers, or at least people with connections to financiers, are the best people to put in charge of anything. Of course, whether people actually believe that assumption, or use that as a cover to curry favor with the 0.1% remains to be seen. Show More Summary

Hedge Fund News: David Tepper, Thomas Steyer & Brevan Howard

David Tepper Flies High With Airline Stocks And Hamptons Parties (JewishBusinessNews) Summer for the well-heeled means posh, star-studded parties at the Hamptons, many for good causes, and the better the causes, the more high-profile the guests. Show More Summary

Hedge Fund Has Fixed Everything At American Apparel

That or its relative Dov-Charneylessness. Or the thankless work put in by the old board. Or who the hell knows what? All Standard General knows is, things are looking up. For the quarter ended June 30, American Apparel reported a loss...Show More Summary

Steven Cohen's Hedge Fund Is Losing Its President, A 15 Year Firm Vet

President of Steven A. Cohen's hedge fund Point72, Thomas Conheeney, is the latest of over a dozen top employees to leave the firm this year, the New York Times reported Monday. Conheeney was also the president of Cohen's previous hedge fund, SAC Capital, which came under fire by the SEC for insider trading charges. Show More Summary

Apple Inc. (AAPL): Top Five Hedge Funds With Largest Stakes in the Company

Over the past couple of years, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been one of the most favorite stocks among hedge funds, and almost every big name in the investment world owned shares of this company, or still keeps holding them. Since the latest round of 13F filings has recently ended, it’s time to see, who are […]

Citi Tells Court Its Argentina Banking License At Risk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup has told the U.S. appeals court overseeing the dispute between Argentina and hedge funds refusing to accept terms of the country's debt restructuring that its Argentine banking license may be at risk as a result of the standoff. Show More Summary

Merging Finance and Health Care Leadership - Robert Rubin Proteges Running DHHS, Spouse of Hedge Fund Magnate Running the FDA

Hidden between the lines of some not very prominent news stories were reminders of how close health care and financial leadership have become in these times of continuing economic unrest after the global financial collapse/ great recession.After...Show More Summary

Hedge Funds Rediscover Energy, Health Care Sectors (Again)

George Soros’ firm bought a big stake in Consol Energy (CNX). Elliott Management picked up Anadarko Petroleum (APC). Those are just two headline items from major investors’ newfound love for the energy sector during the second quarter — with a similar trend taking place in hedge-fund pickups of healthcare stocks. Patrick McMullan Three cheers for Allergan Bill Ackman’s [...]

An Update On A Couple Of Small Biotech Plays

By Bret Jensen: My regular readers know my philosophy about investing in the small biotech space by now. This arena is simply different than investing in other sectors. Some hedge funds employ PhDs in biochemistry but still get it wrong as much as they get it right. Show More Summary

Update: Ackman's Shareholder Letter Comments On Herbalife

By The Specialist: On August 13, Bill Ackman released a letter to shareholders of his Pershing Square hedge fund. Beginning on page 12 and through page 16 he gave his updates and opinions on Herbalife (NYSE:HLF). Included in his comments was a section on his July 16 presentation about nutrition clubs. Show More Summary

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