Paulson, Greenlight, Moore Among First-Half Losers

Jul 6 2011 | 12:31pm ET

An exceptionally ugly June punctuated—and exacerbated—a brutal first half for some of the world's most prominent hedge fund managers.

The first half of 2011 ended with the year's worst month for hedge funds, leaving the average hedge fund is also down by about 2% this year, according to industry indices. But some of the industry's biggest names have lost much, much more.

Paulson & Co.'s disastrous bet on Chinese timber company Sino-Forest Corp. has contributed to a 15% decline for its flagship Advantage Fund. Other bold-faced names to take a hit in the first half include Greenlight Capital and Moore Capital Management's Global fund, both down about 5%, the latter through June 16, Reuters reports. And Pershing Square Capital Management was down 2.27% through the middle of the month.

"The glory boys have had a tough time lately," Hennesee Group co-founder Charles Gradante told Reuters.

All is not yet lost, of course: Paulson Advantage was down by double-digits as late as September of last year but finished 2010 up 11%.

Nor did every prominent manager take a hit in the first half. Third Point remained up 6.3% after taking a 2.9% beating in June; the New York-based firm posted big gains in the first quarter. Saba Capital Management, founded by former Deutsche Bank star trader Boaz Weinstein, added 3.5% on the half, while Autonomy Global was up 4.5%.

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