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Author Archive - Renee Ann Butler

Apple Inc (AAPL)

Apple Inc (AAPL) Shares Will Make a Comeback: Analyst

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) seems to be losing steam. Despite its successful launch of the iPhone 5 and the introduction of the iPad Mini, Apple’s stock......(read more)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Google Inc (GOOG) Raises Search Engine Bar with ‘Spooky’ Accuracy

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a new design for its popular search engine. The company replaced its left-handed sidebar, which was introduced......(read more)
Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Apple Inc (AAPL) Dips on Disappointing iPad Mini Sales

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is down slightly this morning, trading at $591.01 on a 52-week range of $363.32 – $705.07, after the iPad Mini debut opened......(read more)

RedPrairie Ups Ante with Jda Software Group Inc (JDAS) Acquisition

Jda Software Group Inc (NASDAQ:JDAS) is up over 17.4% today, hitting a new 52-week high of $44.81, after news that the maker of supply management software......(read more)
Facebook Inc (FB)

Are Presents Social Now? Gifts Come to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) today launched its newest development – the ability to give donations via the popular social networking platform. The new feature......(read more)
Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI)

Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI) Tops Q3 Revenue, Misses on Earnings

Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) is up over 2.3% this morning, trading at $2.87 on a 52-week range of $1.61 to $2.97. The stock was trading on a day......(read more)
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Headquarters Flooded; Share Price Unaffected

Several floors of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)‘s headquarters in Manhattan are flooded after Hurricane Sandy. “The massive facility......(read more)
Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Apple Inc (AAPL) Sinks to 3-Month Lows After Executive Change-Up

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) dipped to a low of $587.70 yesterday, its lowest level since July 27, 2012. The decrease comes after Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL......(read more)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Google Inc (GOOG) Faces New Competitor as Publishers Join Forces

Pearson Plc (NYSE:PSO) and Bertelsmann A.G. agreed today that the two would combine their book-publshing operations, Random House and Penguin respectively......(read more)
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE)

Sandy Closes Markets; Pfizer Inc (PFE) and Others Push Earnings Back

The U.S. financial markets are closed today in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, and are likely to be dark tomorrow also as the East Coast prepares for......(read more)

Is Procter & Gamble Company (PG) Posting Q1 in Line Enough to Appease Ackman?

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) has returned over 13% since the end of the second quarter, giving funds like Bill Ackman’s Pershing......(read more)
Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET)

Aetna Inc. (AET) Blows Away Q3 EPS, Revises Guidance

Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) reported its third quarter results today. The company posted an earnings per share of $1.47, topping the same quarter last year&#......(read more)
Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S)

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) Tops Analyst Earnings Estimates, Misses on Revenue

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) reported an earnings loss of 26 cents per share for last quarter. This presented a wider loss than that seen in the......(read more)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Ushers in New Ways to Integrate

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is poised to take a plunge into developing its role in mobile devices as it prepares to launch its newest version......(read more)

Anheuser Busch Settles $20.1B Acquisition of Grupo Modelo

Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) has held a 50% stake in Grupo Modelo for some time (it was inherited from InBev’s $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch......(read more)

The Battle for Nationally Mandated Health Care Has Only Just Begun

On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld Obama Administration’s national health care strategy, saying that it was within its rights to require most Americans......(read more)
Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)

Markets Pop After EU Summit, In Spite of Weak Domestic Reports

The markets moved sharply upwards on Friday, with the Dow gaining more than 200 points by midday, on positive news from the European Union’s two-day......(read more)
Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)

Markets Dip on Weak Economic Data, Some Gains from Supreme Court

In both the US and abroad, the markets were as the two-day European Summit begins and attentions were directed to domestic economic data and the Supreme......(read more)
Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:^DJI)

Markets Rise on Improvements in Durable Goods, Housing

Markets were up across the board today. Gains were realized in both domestic and foreign markets alike. European stocks rose a little higher as investors......(read more)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

In the Battle of Mac vs. PC, Browsing Data is Changing Everything

Browsing data has long been used in predictive analytics. It is a useful tool for guessing future shopping habits and a solid way for companies to tailor......(read more)
Facebook Inc (FB), JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU)

Facebook Appoints Sandberg to Board

Facebook, Inc. (FB) has had a rough time of things. Since its IPO in May, the company has ranged in price from $25.52 to $45.00 a share, and averaged......(read more)

Tower Leasing Company Turns REIT, Trumps Analyst Estimates

For years, companies have been buying land, building towers (or allowing a lessee to do so), then leasing the land to wireless carriers like AT&T (......(read more)

Too Late to Short Green Mountain?

Whitney Tilson founded his firm T2 Partners with Glenn Tongue in 1999. Since then, it has returned 177% cumulative since its inception compared to just......(read more)

Is Starbucks A Good Investment Right Now?

Is Starbucks a good investment right now? Starbucks fell off sharply Friday April 27, going from $60.66 a share at close on April 26 to just $57 a share......(read more)
PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP)

PepsiCo Beat Q1 Analyst Estimates, But is it Worth the Investment?

PepsiCo (PEP) trumped analyst estimates on Thursday, April 26 when the company announced that during the first quarter 2012 it had earned 69 cents a share......(read more)

Ackman to go Public with Pershing Square Holdings in 2013

“Pershing Square Capital, the $11bn hedge fund run by high-profile US activist investor Bill Ackman, is planning a $4bn public flotation for a new......(read more)

Falcone Still Fighting for LightSquared, Has Until End of Month

John Paulson’s Paulson & Co losses last year have gotten a lot of press attention – after all, one of his top funds lost almost 53% – but......(read more)
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Paulson Shorts Euro Sovereign Bonds, Bets on Credit Default Swaps

In a bid to reverse losses stemming from poorly timed bets and overcorrection last year, hedge fund manager John Paulson is shorting European sovereign......(read more)
Largest Financial Services Companies

Is Wells Fargo A Good Stock To Buy Right Now?

Last year, Wells Fargo (WFC) had its highest mortgage fees since 2009. This combined with gains from reduced delinquencies thanks to the government’......(read more)
largest hedge funds in the world

Hedge Fund News: Paulson in Bermuda, Legg Mason, Leverage, China Mobile

Bermuda Welcomes Significant New Reinsurer ( The Bermuda government has welcomed the news that a new reinsurance entity will set up shop......(read more)
Jeff Smith

AOL to Sell Patents to Microsoft for $1.1B $AOL $MSFT

Patents are big money right now. Many companies are using patents as a means to gain a competitive edge – if not through developing technology worthy......(read more)

Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Invests $8M in Nollywood

Investment opportunities can come from anywhere. Often the most profitable are the ones that come from seemingly nowhere. The latest global opportunities......(read more)
Can hedge funds beat the market

‘Tis the Season to Go Public – Outback, Burger King, Facebook IPOs

Facebook, Burger King, Outback Steakhouse – what do these three iconic companies have in common? All three are planning IPOs and, in the case of Outback......(read more)

Hedge Fund News: Commodities, Garage Sale Find, Reddy Ice Bankruptcy

Hedge Funds Cut Wagers as Fed Signals Less Stimulus: Commodities (Bloomberg) Hedge funds reduced bullish bets on commodities for a second consecutive......(read more)

Hedge Fund News: BlueGold, Bill Ackman, China Hedge Fund, JOBS Act

Oil Hedge Fund BlueGold to Liquidate (CNBC) BlueGold Capital, an oil-focused fund that made headlines in 2008 by calling the peak of the market, is liquidating......(read more)

John Paulson’s Performance Starts to Rebound

John Paulson and his fund Paulson & Co became famous for bets against subprime mortgages. More recently, Paulson & Co gained notoriety for its......(read more)
Third Point 2014 Q3 Investor Letter

Dan Loeb’s Fight with Yahoo $YHOO Goes Digital

Dan Loeb‘s fund Third Point has a stake in Yahoo (YHOO) worth roughly 5.8% of the company. Since initiating its position in the company, Loeb has......(read more)

Falcone’s LightSquared Considers Bankruptcy

Phil Falcone’s Harbinger Capital Partners owns the lion’s share of LightSquared, the wireless venture that has been struggling to receive......(read more)

Ackman and Others Work to Take Burger King Public Again

“Just 18 months after being taken private in a leveraged buyout, Burger King Worldwide Holdings, one of the world’s largest fast-food chains,......(read more)
Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn Scores Victory in Battle to Buy CVR Energy $CVI Shares

Activist investor Carl Icahn has finally claimed victory in his fight to buy 55% of the outstanding share of CVR Energy (CVI) after the board approved......(read more)
India ETFs

Hedge Funds Adopt Activist Tactics in India

“After years of complaining about poor treatment as minority investors in India’s publicly traded companies, some Western hedge funds are......(read more)

McDonald’s Kicks Pink Slime Early

McDonald’s (MCD) has stayed at the forefront of fast food innovation for years – it introduced salad, healthy sides and specialty coffees right as......(read more)

Inmarsat $ISAT Says LightSquared $SKYT Default Likely

“Inmarsat Plc (ISAT), the biggest provider of satellite services to the maritime industry, said payments from LightSquared Inc. (SKYT) related to......(read more)
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Hartford $HIG to Pay $2.43B to Buy Back Debt from Allianz $ALV

John Paulson, whose hedge fund Paulson & Co. owns 8.5% of the company, has been pushing for Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) to spinoff its......(read more)

Ackman’s Pershing Square Announces 7th Nominee for CP Rail Board $CP

In a presentation dated February 6, 2012, Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman defended his suggestion of Hunter Harrison as a candidate for CEO of Canadian......(read more)
India ETFs

The Children’s Investment Fund to Begin Suit Against Coal India

“London-based hedge fund, The Children’s Investment Fund (TCI), on Saturday said it has instructed its Indian lawyers to begin the process......(read more)

Pension Fund Investment in Hedge Funds Vs. Bonds

Last year, Simon Ruddick of Albourne Partners told attendees at the National Association of Pension Funds Investment Conference, “More pension......(read more)

Ex-Sprott Portfolio Manager Tardif to Launch New Fund in May

Ex-Sprott Asset Management portfolio manager Jean-François Tardif is coming back from retirement. His new firm is called Timelo Investment Management......(read more)
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Ex-Goldman Sachs Traders Find Making Money Isn’t Easy

When ex-Goldman Sachs (GS) Group traders Pierre-Henri Flamand and Morgan Sze left the company, they were able raise “more than $4.5 billion for......(read more)

Baupost Group’s $1B Lawsuit Against Bank of America $BAC Dismissed

This week, “New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick dismissed the complaint filed last year by Walnut Place LLC and related entities......(read more)