Elliott Associates Hedge Fund Gained 4.6% in First Half (Wall Street Journal)
Paul Singer, the hedge-fund manager entangled in a public fight with Argentina over the country’s defaulted bonds, gained 4.6% in the first half of the year in his Elliott Associates L.P. fund, investor documents show. Elliott has historically specialized in distressed investments, and the average such fund returned 6.7% in the first half.
Dalio’s Bridgewater Said to Rise in June as Funds Advance (Bloomberg)
The $2.7 trillion hedge-fund industry posted gains of 1.1 percent in June, the biggest monthly advance in almost a year, after the European Central Bank added stimulus and the U.S. economy strengthened. Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates LP, Solus Alternative Asset Management LP, Paulson & Co. and Balyasny Asset Management LP were among firms with positive returns as managers across the investing spectrum benefited from gains in multiple markets, according to people with knowledge of the results, who asked not to be named because the information is private. “Asset prices rallied in June across equities, bonds, credit and most commodities,” Anthony Lawler, money manager at $120 billion Swiss asset manager GAM, wrote in a report issued on July 3.
Hedge fund liquidation in gas ‘largely complete’ (Agrimoney.com)
Hedge funds’ liquidation of bullish bets on agricultural commodities “looks to have largely run its course”, Australia & New Zealand Bank said, after data showed a further selldown, with positioning on soybeans the most downbeat since 2011. Managed money, a proxy for speculators, cut its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities, from cocoa to lean hogs, by more than 50,000 contracts in the week to last Tuesday, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulator.
Apollo Formalizes Stock Pay Plan (FINalternatives)
Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE:APO) has clarified its plan to pay top partners and executives some of their bonuses in stock instead of cash, a policy that has led to grumbling among those affected, as well as a number of departures. The private-equity giant said in a Thursday regulatory filing that partners and other top managers would receive at least some of their share of the profits, rather than cash. The shares would vest over three years.
Foreign investors put pressure on Samsung (MarketWatch)
A number of prominent U.S. investors have taken large stakes in Samsung Electronics Co. in recent months, putting pressure on the technology giant’s management to return more of its $60 billion cash pile to shareholders. Some of these investors, which include New York hedge fund Perry Capital LLC and mutual fund managers Yacktman Asset Management and Artisan Partners LP, have been pushing Samsung executives to increase dividends and restart share buybacks in private meetings, they said in interviews with The Wall Street Journal.
Underwhelming year for hedge funds? (CNBC.com)