In a letter to its investors, David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital disclosed a few main positions that it completely sold out of during the second quarter, three of which we’ll analyze in this article. The companies include CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN), Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL), and EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC). We decided to take a closer look at the money manager’s views on these companies and decipher what the future might hold for them. The second quarter marked another disappointing period for the fund this year, as it depreciated by 1.5%, bringing the total year-to-date slide to 3.3%. In comparison, the S&P 500 has risen by about 1.2% during the same period. Einhorn, a Cornell graduate, is one of the most successful long/short equity fund managers of the past decade. He launched Greenlight Capital in 1996 along with former co-President Jeffrey A. Keswin with a shoe string budget. Today, the fund has about $12.3 billion in regulatory assets under its management.
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Coming back to Greenlight’s sell-offs, CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN) occupies the top spot, as the fund held more than 9.8% of the company’s outstanding stock at the end of the March quarter. The holding comprised 3.56 million shares valued at $107.88 million. The fund initiated a position in the $1.46 billion retailer during the first quarter of 2014, believing that a few bad loans were tarnishing the company’s valuation. However, the loan book has been much harder for the company to control than Einhorn expected and the shares slid considerably during the investment period. However, upon the announcement that the company will be selling its loan book, CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN)’s stock recovered, allowing Greenlight to exit at just a small loss. The fund has reservations about the company’s smooth exit from the finance business. Christian Leone‘s Luxor Capital Group held about 7.59 million shares of CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN) valued at $229.71 million at the end of March, making it the largest stockholder of the company within our database.