Hedge Fund and Insider Trading News: Third Point LLC, Voce Capital Management, Pantera Capital, WESCO International, Inc. (WCC), and More

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Third Point Treads Water in July (Institutional Investor)
The stock market was hot in July, but Third Point Offshore missed the party. The hedge fund headed by Dan Loeb was essentially flat for the month despite a 9.2 percent gain in the S&P 500, including dividends reinvested, according to Third Point’s July letter to clients.

Greylock, Pantera Led $18M Round for NFT Infrastructure Provider Pinata (Coin Desk)
Non-fungible token (NFT) distribution platform Pinata raised $18 million in a Series A funding round co-led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm and crypto-native investor Pantera, a Pinata spokeswoman confirmed to CoinDesk. The company also revealed a $3.5 million seed round that closed last year and was led by Greylock and Offline Ventures. NFTs are unique crypto assets that prove ownership of real world or digital items such as images, videos or in-game assets.

Argo Group Hands Board Seat to Activist Investment Firm Voce Capital (Reuters)
BOSTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Argo Group International Holdings handed a board seat to its largest investor on Monday, adding activist hedge fund manager J. Daniel Plants only a few months after announcing a strategic review that could include a sale of the insurance company. Argo, which underwrites specialty insurance products in the property and casualty market, said it expanded the size of its board by one to nine directors. Plants, who runs Voce Capital Management, will serve on the strategic review and human resources committees.

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Hedge Funds Deserve the Drubbing By Private Equity (The Washington Post)
When the liquidity tide recedes, investors from sovereign wealth to billionaire family offices are getting even more impatient with hedge funds. They are discovering that a lot of these expensive money managers don’t really hedge, and the pivot toward private equity was the right decision after all. Hedge funds are on track for the second-worst year of return on record, beaten only by the steep losses during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Star managers are nursing billion dollar losses. Tiger Global Management’s main hedge fund, which started the year with $21 billion, lost about half of its value as of July. Melvin Capital Management, a once-high-flying manager that got an unusual bailout from Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, shut its door in May.

Nordic Equity HFs Rebound (Hedge Nordic)
Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Nordic equity hedge funds rebounded last month as stock markets soared following one of their worst first-half of the year performance in decades. Equity funds in the Nordic Hedge Index advanced 3.7 percent in July (85 percent reported) to trim their year-to-date decline to 4.4 percent. The top 20 percent of Nordic equity hedge funds advanced 11.9 percent on average in July and the bottom 20 percent lost 2.3 percent, representing a top-to-bottom dispersion of 14.2 percent. About three in every four equity hedge funds in the Nordic Hedge Index with reported July figures posted gains last month. One in every four Nordic equity hedge funds ended the first seven months of 2022 in positive territory.

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