Icahn Makes $120M On Falling S&P

Aug 22 2011 | 12:58pm ET

Retired hedge fund manager Carl Icahn has still got it, even if he's only managing money for himself these days.

Icahn Capital turned a handsome $120 million profit last week on a $2 billion bet against the stock market, Bloomberg News reports. The giant hedge on his stock bets helped to offset losses on such investments as Clorox Co., which the veteran buyout artist is seeking to buy for $10.2 billion, and pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories.

Icahn boosted his borrowing by more than half to cover collateral for his bet against the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. His funds built the short position with derivatives with a face value in excess of $2 billion. The S&P proceeded to drop by 6% over the week, earning Icahn a paper profit of $120 million.

Icahn, whom Bloomberg reports became more bearish last week amidst fears about European debt and the U.S. economy, is still holding the short position.


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