Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Last updated 37 min ago
Oct 23 2013 | 12:35pm ET
Carl Icahn has posted some eye-watering returns on his year-old investment in Netflix Inc.
The billionaire hedge-fund manager has an extra $800 million to play with after cashing out half of his stake in the streaming-video and DVD rental company. His gains on the sold share clock in at an impressive 457%.
"As a hardened veteran of seven bear markets, I have learned that when you are lucky and/or smart enough to have made a total return of 457% in only 14 months, it is time to take some of the chips off the table," Icahn said in a regulatory filing.
Icahn bought a 9.4% stake in Netflix 14 months ago, and still owns a 4.5% stake in the company. He sold some three million shares between Oct. 10 and yesterday.
After the filing, Icahn turned to his favorite mode of communications, Twitter, to offer his thanks to Netflix's management team, led by CEO Reed Hastings, "for a job well done."
"And last but not least, I wish to thank Kevin Spacey," the star of Netflix's hit series, "House of Cards."
Icahn's sale may have come just in time, as Hastings moved yesterday to tamp down on enthusiasm about his company's stock. The CEO said the soaring price was due mainly to investor "euphoria."
"Every time I read a story about Netflix is the highest-appreciating stock on the S&P500, it worries me because that was the exact headline we used to see in 2003," Hastings said during a conference call with analysts. "You can definitely—we have a sense of momentum investors driving the stock price more than we might normally. There's not a lot we can do about it but I wanted to honestly reflect upon that."
Netflix shares sank 4.5% yesterday in the wake of the comments.
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…
High frequency trading is not evil, it is not a conspiracy and it really is not new; it is the natural evolution of the professional trading community making markets, providing liquidity and hopefully...