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The Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week of Diamond Foods $DMND

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Diamond Foods (DMND) is having a rough week. It announced that it would need to restate two years’ worth of financial earnings in the wake of questionable......(read more)

The Problem of Mobility and Facebook’s Battle for Revenue

Social media figures prominently amongst mobile phone users in the US, with roughly 80% of all mobile phone owners using Facebook. It may sound like a......(read more)

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Doubles Stake in RIMM

Prem Watsa
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd (FRFHF), the insurance firm run by Prem Watsa, has taken on a 5.12% stake in Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIMM)......(read more)

Hedge Funds Rally on Commodities, Raw Materials

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Hedge funds increased wagers on rising commodity prices to the highest level in two months after the Federal Reserve promised to keep interest rates low......(read more)

FCC Handling of Harbinger’s LightSquared Under Question

HARBINGER
Phil Falcone’s Harbinger Capital is famous for making unpopular investments and profiting wildly from them. The fund became famous in 2007 for betting......(read more)

Jim Rogers Bearish on Facebook IPO, Calls it ‘Too Expensive’

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Legendary investor Jim Rogers may thinks the markets will see an “election year” jump – he told Shanghai’s First Financial Daily in......(read more)

Bill Ackman on Carried Income Tax, $JCP, $CP, and Charity Event

Bill Ackman PERSHING SQUARE
Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman was on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning (see the video here). Ackman Discussed Taxes Ackman also discussed taxes......(read more)

George Soros on the Economy – ‘I am not here to cheer you up’

George Soros
George Soros is a financial celebrity. In spite of having nothing more to do with the world’s financial markets than his investments made as Soros......(read more)

Icahn, Tepper and Beal Bet on LightSquared’s Collapse

Carl Icahn
“Billionaire Carl Icahn has purchased debt from Philip Falcone’s LightSquared Inc.’s bondholders as the satellite-broadband-service provider......(read more)

European Hedge Funds Bet on China Downturn

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“European hedge fund managers are betting that China’s once red hot economic growth will cool dramatically in 2012, hitting companies, economies......(read more)

Could Obama Be Losing Hedge Fund Support?

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“Wall Street Democrats aren’t especially happy with the words coming out of Barack Obama’s mouth, but most of them are biting their......(read more)

Is Todd Combs Better Than Warren Buffett?

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Todd Combs, the apprentice portfolio manager Warren Buffett hired at Berkshire Hathaway in 2010, seems to be following in the “Sage of Omaha’......(read more)

Gold: Was Paulson Right to Sell or Soros to Buy?

George Soros
George Soros was a major buyer of SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) in late 2011. He increased his position in GLD by +13% during the third quarter. Soros also initiated......(read more)

George Soros to Open Myanmar Base for His Philanthropic Work

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George Soros, the billionaire investor, “has agreed to set up an official base for his philanthropic work in Myanmar after meetings with the country......(read more)

Ackman Strikes Back at CP Rail Execs

PERSHING SQUARE
Bill Ackman struck back at Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) after the company bashed him over alleged leaks yesterday, writes the Wall Street Journal. &#......(read more)

Falcone’s LightSquared Hires Montagner as New CFO

HARBINGER
Phil Falcone‘s troubled wireless venture, LightSquared, is getting a new CFO, reports FINAlternatives. The company announced that Marc Montagner......(read more)

Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates Bearish on Economy

BRIDGEWATER ASSOCIATES
Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates has made a fortune by remaining bearish on the economy. “As the new year rings in, the hedge fund firm......(read more)

CP Rail $CP Bashes Pershing Square’s Ackman Over Alleged Leaks

Bill Ackman PERSHING SQUARE
Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square is one of the leading activist funds in the world, meaning that it invests in companies that are undervalued and works......(read more)

Hedge Funds Increase Bets Against Euro to Record High

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Hedge funds may have been hit hard by the market volatility triggered by the European sovereign debt crisis, with hedge funds going out of business at......(read more)

Lansdowne’s Ruddock Knighted for Philanthropy

Paul Ruddock
Hedge fund manager Paul Ruddock, co-founder and chief executive of Lansdowne Partners was “knighted in the New Year’s honours list for his philanthropy......(read more)

Lampert’s ESL Investments Cashes In Portion of Autozone $AZO Stake

ESL INVESTMENTS
Eddie Lampert’s ESL Investments has long held Autozone (AZO) as a major part of its portfolio. The fund ended the second quarter of 2008 with 22......(read more)

Something Fishy in Hedge Fund Filings? New Research Suggests So

Hedge fund filings have always been questioned but new research suggests they may not stand up to closer scrutiny. “For years, finance experts have......(read more)

Shares in Diamond Foods $DMND Up on Rumors of Einhorn Involvement

David Einhorn
Diamond Foods, Inc. (DMND) rose 7.2% yesterday “after CNBC reported that hedge fund manager David Einhorn may have taken a stake in the snack maker......(read more)

John Paulson’s Year a Little Worse After Poor December Returns

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John Paulson just can’t seem to catch a break lately. He overcorrected his positions in October after reporting year-to-date losses of 47% through......(read more)

Hedge Funds Bullish on Gold Miners Despite Poor Returns to Date

George Soros
Gold investment in 2011 has been one of the most profitable ventures seen this year – investment in gold miners, not so much. “Gold is up 12%......(read more)
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