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Magnetar Capital’s Latest Moves

Nina Zdinjak

Magnetar Capital is an Evanston, Illinois-based multi-strategy asset manager that was founded in 2005 by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, who previously worked at Citadel LLC and Glenwood Capital Partners, respectively. The fund was launched with $1.8 billion, which represented one of the biggest hedge fund initial capitals at the time. At the very beginning, its event-driven investments helped the fund double in size, reaching almost $4 billion in late 2006. Magnetar Capital now provides additional offices in New York City, New York, Houston, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and London, England. Interestingly, it is named after a neutron star that has a very powerful magnetic field, which makes bursts of energy representing the brightest objects in the universe. Hence, the fund believes the name suits it, as it is the hedge fund that draws professionals and has a lot of passionate energy for investing. In this article, we are going to present Magnetar Capital’s latest investment moves.

[caption id="attachment_750227" align="aligncenter" width="473"] Alex Litowitz of Magnetar Capital[/caption]

Alex Litowitz Magnetar Capital

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Q1 2019 top new buys for Magnetar Capital counted Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE:WP), Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCE), and WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC). During the quarter the fund boosted some of its holdings, such as those in First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC), WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE:ELAN), and Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI).

As for the stakes for which the fund seems to lose enthusiasm as it has cut its stakes during Q1 2019 these names come at the top - Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO), and USG Corporation (NYSE:USG).  Those it has completely sold out include Vectren Corp, Newfield Exploration Co.

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This article is originally published at Insider Monkey.