Black River Commodity Fund Up 1.5%

Feb 24 2014 | 1:15pm ET

Black River Asset Management rode volatile energy markets to a 1.5% return last month for its commodity fund.

The hedge fund, which is owned by commodities giant Cargill, is also up slightly this month, chief investment officer Jeff Drobny told The Wall Street Journal. The gains stand in stark contrast to the $100 million or more Cargill has lost trading in mid-Atlantic power markets this year, leading to the exit of the company's North American physical trading manager, David Toole.

Drobny said that Black River is run separately from Cargill's other trading units, calling it a "big company with a lot of different moving parts."

Black River said the $600 million commodity fund enjoyed gains on U.S. gasoline, U.S. heating oil and European power trades. Drobny said the firm, which has $6 billion in total assets, hasn't played in the U.S. power markets that burned its parent either this year or last.

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