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  • Hedge funds investing in India have become the world's best performers this year on expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will revive Asia's third-largest economy. The funds investing in the South Asian nation have returned 26 percent this year through July, according to Eurekahedge Pte. That compares with an …

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  • Hedge funds investing in India have become the world’s best performers this year on expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will revive Asia’s third-largest economy. The funds investing in the South Asian nation have returned 26 percent this year through July, according to Eurekahedge Pte. That compares with an …

  • The exterior of a RadioShack store is seen in the Queens borough of New York

    RadioShack shares were up 7.3 percent at 77 cents on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. The hedge fund is also working with RadioShack's management to help the company avoid a Chapter 11 filing, Bloomberg reported. Standard General is seeking to strengthen RadioShack's cash flow by issuing debt or equity, Bloomberg …

  • Former Brevan Howard star trader Chris Rokos has stepped up his legal challenge to a partnership agreement imposing a five-year ban on him setting up in competition against the hedge fund firm he co-founded. The contractual dispute offers a rare insight into one of Europe’s largest hedge funds, with its response to Rokos’s …

  • JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York

    Ann Inc (ANN.N) has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) to explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the women's retailer, according to people familiar with the matter. The hiring of an investment bank comes as the Ann Taylor owner, best known for its women's suits and office wear, faces pressure from …

  • Standard General LP, one of RadioShack Corp. (RSH) ’s largest shareholders, is negotiating a possible rescue package with investors intended to allow the retailer to stave off a bankruptcy filing, according to two people with knowledge of the talks. The hedge fund that is also orchestrating a lifeline for American Apparel …

  • Chris Rokos, a former top trader at Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP, lost $383 million for the firm’s main hedge fund in 2012, the year he retired, after contributing 30 percent to returns the year before, he said in court documents. It was the second time he lost money for the Brevan Howard Master Fund, according to …

  • KKR is investing $400m into China's largest chicken producer in the latest example of the buyout group's tactic of pursuing investment themes that match Beijing's interests. Improving food safety has become ...

  • A roundup of private equity-related news.

  • Activist investor Dan Loeb's Third Point Partners LP revealed new positions and sales for 2Q14 in the fund's 13F filing this month. The value of the fund's U.S. long portfolio was up from $6.8 billion ...

  • Leucadia backs SAC alum despite previous scandal

    Jefferies is providing major backing to a former senior SAC Capital executive despite its own struggle with insider trading at an internal hedge fund.

  • KKR & Co. (KKR), the private-equity firm led by billionaires Henry Kravis and George Roberts, agreed to acquire a minority stake in China’s largest chicken breeder and processor for about $400 million. KKR will purchase 18 percent of Fujian Sunner Development Co., the Chinese company said today in a statement. The companies …

  • A month after Bill Ackman's disastrous attempt to expose fraudulent behavior by nutrition company Herbalife Ltd., the billionaire is on his way to one of his most profitable years. Since Ackman's three-hour presentation in Manhattan on July 22 that sent Herbalife's stock soaring, the company has slumped 26 percent after …

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  • The inversion deal wave that has seen American companies purchase foreign companies and reincorporate outside the U.S. to lower taxes has been to a large degree fueled by Wall Street and prominent money mangers. Now, the biggest money man of them all is backing the Burger King Worldwide effort to [...]

  • MOVES-KKR hires Jaka Prasetya to lead credit in SE Asia Reuters - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:14 PM EDT

    * KKR hires have specialist credit lending experience in SE Asia * US buyout giant continues to expand through credit in Asia (Adds details of KKR's credit strategy in Asia) HONG KONG, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Global private equity firm KKR & Co LP said on Tuesday it has hired Jaka Prasetya as managing director to lead the …

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  • Hedge Funds Sue to Get Argentine Bond Payment in London @ The New York Times - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:37 PM EDT

    The hedge funds contend that Bank of New York Mellon’s London unit must release money that was deposited by Argentina for its euro-denominated bondholders because their securities are covered by British ...

  • Ackman’s Pershing Square Makes $203 Million on Burger King Bloomberg - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 4:42 PM EDT

    Bill Ackman's two-year bet on Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW) is paying off as the U.S. Pershing Square Capital Management LP's 10.9 percent stake in Burger King increased in value today by $203 million to about $1.24 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Ackman helped Burger King go public in 2012 after …

  • Hedge Funds Pick Apple @ Barrons.com - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Hedge funds are sinking their teeth into Apple (AAPL). The WSJ's MoneyBeat blog reports that hedge funds amassed position in the tech icon at a fast pace during the second quarter as a stock split and strong financial results fueled a sharp rise in the stock price. The amount of new purchases stands in contrast with the …

  • [$$] Activist Investor Presses Ann Taylor for a Sale @ The Wall Street Journal - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 3:29 PM EDT

    Engine Capital, which along with a partner controls more than 1% of Ann Inc. stock, believes a strategic or private-equity buyer would be willing to pay between $50 and $55 a share for the women's retailer....

  • While its top executives are still based in Attleboro, Massachusetts, it's now known as Sensata Technologies Holding NV (ST) of the Netherlands. Treasury Department and some Democrats in Congress are trying to curb. Instead, Sensata is one of at least 14 firms that have left the U.S. Although these companies have a combined …

  • Five Billionaire-Owned Biotech Stocks You Could Acquire for 100% @ TheStreet.com - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 2:18 PM EDT

    These five stocks all have the potential to be acquired for a 100% premium or more, and each are heavily owned by a top hedge fund or billionaire...

  • [video] Woman leaves hedge fund to craft career out of rum @ CNBC - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:53 PM EDT

    Bridget Firtle gives up a six-figure salary at a hedge fund to start her own rum distillery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her company, The Noble Experiment, makes a white unaged rum called Owney's Rum that's been ...

  • Hedge Funds Flock to Apple @ The Wall Street Journal - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

    Hedge funds accumulated positions in Apple Inc. at a rapid clip in the second quarter, as the stock rallied sharply amid strong results and a stock split.

  • ETFs for Hedge Funds’ Favorite Pharma Stocks ETF Trends - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:03 PM EDT

    Merger mania in the health care sector is on full display Monday after Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche announced Sunday it will acquire InterMune (NasdaqGS: ITMN) for $8.3 billion in cash. The news, ...

  • Warburg Pincus Said in Talks to Hire Ziggo’s CEO Rene Obermann @ Bloomberg - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    Warburg Pincus LLC, the buyout firm where former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is president, is in talks to hire Rene Obermann as a partner, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Obermann, the chief executive officer at Dutch cable-television operator Ziggo NV (ZIGGO), would join Warburg Pincus’s London …

  • The Morning Leverage: Burger King and Tim Horton's Cooking Something Up @ The Wall Street Journal - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:22 AM EDT

    A roundup of the morning's private equity related news.

  • Ackman’s Pershing Square Makes $171 Million on Burger King Wager @ Bloomberg - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:04 AM EDT

    Bill Ackman ’s two-year bet on Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW) is paying off in a big way as the U.S. Pershing Square Capital Management LP’s 10.9 percent stake in Burger King increased in value today by $171 million to about $1.2 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Ackman helped Burger King go public in …

  • NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Bill Ackman must be a happy man Monday, as his hedge fund's investment in Burger King Worldwide is now worth about $163 million more than it was on Friday. Ackman's Pershing Square ...

  • Ann Taylor Gets Push From Activists to Sell @ TheStreet.com - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:49 AM EDT

    Ann Taylor's parent Ann is the latest retailer to come under the pressure of activists asking the company to explore a sale.

  • Citigroup Inc. (C) is restricted from selling hedge funds investments and private-equity funds to high worth clients going forward, Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Pressure for sale at Ann Taylor grows more intense Associated Press - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 9:04 AM EDT

    A big shareholder in the Ann Taylor chain is ratcheting up pressure on its parent company to explore a sale. Engine Capital LP and its partner Red Alder LLC sent a letter Monday to the New York company ...

  • [video] Private equity's best bets @ CNBC - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 8:31 AM EDT

    It's been a good time to sell, says Scott Sperling, THL Partners co-president, providing perspective on private equity strategies and corporate tax rates.

  • René Obermann hired to track down private equity deals for Warburg Pincus @ Financial Times - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:35 AM EDT

    René Obermann, the former chief executive officer of Deutsche Telekom and current chief of Dutch cable company Ziggo, is to join US-based Warburg Pincus as a partner, to help find private equity deals ...

  • No Need to Mimic All Hedge Fund ETF Holdings ETF Trends - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:30 AM EDT

    It is no secret that select hedge fund managers carry with them an aura of glamor and star treatment society often reserves for athletes and entertainers. So much so that some issuers of exchange traded ...

  • Ackman, Loeb, other activists not finished: Pros CNBC - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT
    Ackman, Loeb, other activists not finished: Pros

    Hedge funds that bet on corporate shake-ups have long been industry darlings, and clients remain bullish on the strategy despite July losses.

  • Asia Private Equity Weekly News, August 25, 2014 Reuters - Sun, Aug 24, 2014 10:01 PM EDT

    News and developments in Asia private equity from Reuters News for the week ending August 22. AUGUST 22 PRIVATE EQUITY firms Affinity Equity Partners and CVC Capital Partners are among potential bidders ...

  • Private equity's goose is 'overcooked' @ Financial Times - Sun, Aug 24, 2014 2:36 AM EDT

    "What wise people do at the beginning, fools do at the end," says William Smead, chief executive and chief investment officer of Seattle-based Smead Capital Management. If any of our readers ...

  • [$$] Junk-Bond ETFs Try Hedging @ Barrons.com - Sat, Aug 23, 2014 2:50 AM EDT

    Call it the Edsel of the ETF world. Like the car, the iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond fund is an interesting product launched at the worst possible time. A month after it opened its doors on May 27, high-yield ETFs experienced $3.7 billion in outflows as investors panicked over weak job numbers and geopolitical …

  • Madison Square Garden Pushed by Hedge Fund to Boost Value @ Bloomberg - Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:01 AM EDT

    John A. Thaler’s JAT Capital Management LP took a stake in Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG) , the sports and entertainment firm, and said it may seek talks with the board or management to recommend ways to boost value. The hedge fund disclosed a 6.7 percent stake in MSG, which owns the New York Knicks basketball team and …

  • Apollo in talks to buy BES insurance arm @ Financial Times - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 6:43 PM EDT

    Apollo Global Management, the US private equity fund manager, has entered exclusive negotiations to acquire Portuguese insurer Tranquilidade from the remnant of Banco Espirito Santo, the lender that was ...

  • [$$] Commodities Volatility Shakes Up Hedge Funds @ The Wall Street Journal - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 4:54 PM EDT

    Jumpy commodities markets are taking hedge funds for a wild ride.

  • [$$] Citigroup Faces Curbs on Hedge-Fund Sales @ The Wall Street Journal - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 4:52 PM EDT

    Citigroup faces restrictions that will prevent it from selling investments in hedge funds and private-equity funds to wealthy clients, following a recent deal with U.S. regulators.

  • Tech Names Dominate Mutual, Hedge Fund Top Holdings In Q2: Citi @ Barrons.com - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 3:36 PM EDT

    Citigroup's Tobias Levkovich and his team have an analysis of second-quarter holdings among the top 50 actively managed US mutual funds and hedge funds. Longtime favorite Google (GOOG), which went unchallenged for a year and a half, had to share the top spot with Microsoft (MSFT), as the former saw a "significant downtrend" …

  • Shutterfly (SFLY) Receives Bids from Private Equity Firms Zacks - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 3:10 PM EDT

    California-based online digital photo storage and printing company, Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY) reportedly attracted bids from a number of private equity firms including Hellman & Friedman LLC, Bain Capital ...

  • Apple gets hedge fund love; GM and Amazon not so much @ MarketWatch - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 1:42 PM EDT

    Hedge funds continued to favor Apple Inc. but ditched General Motors and Amazon.com in the second quarter.

  • Five Beaten-Down Stocks Billionaire Hedge Funds Are Buying @ TheStreet.com - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 1:34 PM EDT

    Here are five stocks that have been beaten down this year. Some of the biggest names in the hedge fund industry are aggressively buying them.

  • Richard Handler of Leucadia to Join Board of Ex-SAC Executive’s New Fund @ The New York Times - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 1:06 PM EDT

    Richard Handler is joining the board of Folger Hill Asset Management, which was started by Solomon Kumin and Leucadia National.

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