Hedge Fund News: Dan Loeb, Carl Icahn, Andrew Hall

Loeb Credit Bet Returns 15% in Quarter on Junk Energy Holdings (Bloomberg)
Hedge fund manager Dan Loeb’s corporate credit portfolio returned 15 percent in the second quarter, helped by a bet on high-yield bonds. “Performance was largely driven by positive returns from performing credit investments in the energy sector,” Loeb said Friday in a conference call discussing results at Third Point Reinsurance Ltd., the Bermuda-based company that counts on him to oversee investments. “We maintain minimal distressed credit exposure at present.” Loeb, 54, started amassing more than $1 billion in energy credit in February, he said previously in a second-quarter letter to his hedge fund’s clients, adding that he felt there was too much pessimism in the market.

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Carl Icahn Can Profit From Trump Taj Mahal Casino Flop (CNBC)
Yes, activist hedge fund investor Carl Icahn took a loss on his investment in the Trump Taj Mahal — he says it was for a whopping $100 million. Icahn’s a savvy investor, but even he couldn’t have foreseen the issues that would come to hurt the properties that bear Trump’s name: according to data from Foursquare, foot traffic to his places of business have been hurt during his campaign for the presidency. But there’s still a way Icahn can swing a profit on the failure of the Trump-affiliated gaming house. He just needs Trump’s former patrons in Atlantic City to head over to the Tropicana.

Oil bull Hall’s Astenbeck Capital down 16 pct in July; slashing annual gain (Reuters)
Aug 5 Famed oil bull Andy Hall‘s Astenbeck Capital Management lost about 16 percent in July as crude oil prices fell as much that month, the energy-focused hedge fund said in a note to its investors on Friday. Combined with its June loss of around 2 percent, the Southport, Connecticut-based Astenbeck was up less than 2 percent for the year as of end-July, according to the note seen by Reuters. Astenbeck had earlier shown an annual gain of 24 percent at end-May, after three straight months of profits powered by a rally in crude prices. (Reporting by Barani Krishnan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis).