Carlson Capital is a Dallas, Texas-based multi-strategy alternative hedge fund that provides additional offices in Houston, New York City, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenwich, and London. It was founded by Clint Carlson back in 1993 and grew big since then, now managing more than $7 billion in hedge fund and CLO assets. Prior to launching his own alternative investment management firm, Clint Carlson honed his investment acumen at Bass Brothers, where he was at the head of risk arbitrage. He earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Rice University and a Doctorate of J.D. from the University of Houston.
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At the end of the first quarter of 2019, Carlson Capital’s equity portfolio was worth $5.63 billion, and it counted around 230 long positions. The top new buys included First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC), Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE:WP), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C). Among stakes which fund raised during the quarter were Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO), and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V).
During the Q1 2019, Carlson Capital lost optimism for and lowered its stakes in Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG), The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG), and Altaba Inc. (NASDAQ:AABA). It also dumped its positions in SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI), Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP).
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