Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Last updated 13 hours ago
May 2 2011 | 1:18pm ET
Distraction can be useful when you've got bad news to report. So quickly after telling investors that its hedge funds had lost between 2.5% and 3.2% in the first quarter, Greenlight Capital turned its attention to Charlie Sheen.
"Much like" the former television star, "who seems to believe that all publicity is good publicity, recent market behavior suggests that we are in the part of the cycle where 'all news is good news,'" the hedge fund wrote to investors in a letter obtained by Dealbreaker.com.
"'All news is good news' was also true for individual stocks, including a number of our shorts," which tanked to the tune of 9.2% on the quarter. "We expect to take some lumps when our shorts release strong earnings and their stock prices rise accordingly. Yet, this quarter we were repeatedly confuzzled [sic] when we read company news announcements that we expected to cause falling stock prices, only to see them rise instead—and sometimes sharply at that."
The quarter has Greenlight all but throwing up its hands.
"We believe that this environment is cyclical, and that it will continue this way… until it doesn't," the firm said. And, "since we don't expect to be able to call the turn, we believe our best course is to concentrate on generating better alpha."
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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