Just a few hours ago, the European Central Bank hinted at more economic stimulus through a potential expansion of its bond-buying program, which propelled global stocks higher. The likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by the end of the year is not very high either, so there are no major impediments to the resumption of the bull market at this point in time. Meanwhile, hedge fund managers and other money managers have been adjusting their portfolios after enduring an ugly third quarter, by among other things, investing in some of the recent IPO’s to the hit the markets. Thus, the following article will discuss three recent moves made by some of the elite hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey.
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In a Schedule 13G filing with the SEC, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Advisors LLC reported an ownership stake of 9.56 million shares in First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC), accounting for 6.0% of the company’s outstanding shares. The payment technology company started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, after selling 160 million shares of its Class A common stock at an IPO price of $16.00. First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC) is the largest processor of credit and debit card transactions in the world, processing 28% of the world’s e-commerce volume. Its business is based on transaction-related fees, multi-year contracts, and an extensive client base. Hence, there are bountiful growth opportunities for the newly-public company in the months and years ahead, as it can market its set of commerce solutions to new clients all around the world. First Data Corp (NYSE:FDC) is set to reveal its first earnings report since going public on October 26, after the market close, so do not forget to include the stock in your watchlist.
Let’s move on to the next page of the article, where we dicuss the stances of two hedge funds on two other stocks.