Hedge funds fell in May, with more than one-third of strategies in the red.
The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index lost 0.55% last month, cutting its year-to-date performance to 0.96%. Just five of the 14 strategies tracked by Lyxor gained ground in May.
Among those that managed the feat as stocks sank were commodity trading advisors, both short-term (5.35% in May, 1.84% year-to-date) and long-term (2.21%, 0.98% YTD). Distressed securities also did well, rising 0.61%. Statistical arbitrage funds also rose in May, while equity market neutral was flat.
On the other hand, long-bias equity funds dropped 4.05%, special situations 2.75%, long/short credit 2.45%, variable bias long/short equity 1.84% and merger arbitrage 0.37%.