Hedge Fund Highlights: Ken Griffin, Paul Tudor Jones & Bill Ackman

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Citadel’s Griffin Defends HFT (FINalternatives)
Citadel Investment Group founder Kenneth Griffin yesterday urged Congress not to ban high-frequency trading, but to focus on regulations that would improve market stability. Speaking at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Griffin, whose firm does some high-frequency trading, albeit less than in previous years, said that Congress should “absolutely not” ban the practice. He called the U.S. equity markets “the fairest, most transparent, resilient and competitive” in the world, and said that HFT helps reduce market inefficiencies.

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Tudor Said to Hire Morgan Stanley Inflation Strategist Wilding (Bloomberg)
Tudor Investment Corp., the $13 billion hedge fund run by Paul Tudor Jones, hired Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) strategist Tiffany Wilding, according to a person familiar with the matter, as investment firms recruit from Wall Street anticipating central banks will soon start raising interest rates. Wilding, 29, who specialized in Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, or TIPS, at Morgan Stanley, joined Tudor this week as a strategist, said the person, who asked not to be named because the information is private. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2011, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Two Executives and A Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager Sentenced To Federal Prison (HedgeCo.net)
Eric M. Martin, Mark Megalli, and Richard T. Posey have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a multi-million-dollar insider trading conspiracy involving childrens clothing company Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) stock. Mark Megalli worked at New York hedge fund Level Global Investors was the contact point for some of the insider trading, the FBI says. Megalli in turn caused Level Global to execute multimillion dollar trades in Carter’s stocks based on the inside information received from Martin from September 2009 through July 2010. The former-Carter’s executives also tipped off others including NJ hedge fund Titan Capital Management LLC.

Smart Biotech Hedge Fund Worth Watching Had Therapeutics MD Before Pop (Forbes)
Biotech stock Therapeutics MD (TXMD) was up 32.5% on Tuesday, lifted by brokerage house FBR Capital initiating coverage with an incredible $34 price target. Based on TXMD’s Tuesday closing price of $5.47, the FBR price target would mean a 600% return. TXMD is owned by the billion-dollar biotech hedge fund RA Capital Management. RA is experienced in the business of biotech investing, and owns more than 6% of TXMD.

Allergan Planning Cost Cuts Amid Valeant Defense (Bloomberg)
Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), the Botox maker being pursued by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) and Bill Ackman’s hedge fund, will shelve unpromising pipeline drugs and overhaul management incentives, two people with knowledge of the matter said. A broad restructuring plan set to be outlined during Allergan’s earnings announcement later this month will also involve companywide cost cuts, including some legacy expenses, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the effort isn’t yet public. Management compensation will be more closely tied to achieving higher forecasts.

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