Pershing Square Off In March, Up 10.7% In Q1

Apr 3 2014 | 11:28am ET

Pershing Square Capital Management lost some ground in March, but not enough to deprive the New York-based firm of a double-digit return in the first quarter.

Pershing Square’s flagship fund fell 0.6% last month, it told investors yesterday. The decline left the fund up 10.7% on the year.

March proved a mixed month for the $13.1 billion firm. After more than a year of agitation for such a probe, the Federal Trade Commission last month opened an investigation into Herbalife, the nutritional supplements company that Pershing Square calls a pyramid scheme—and which it has a $1 billion short bet against. But its Herbalife gains were tempered by big losses on government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Pershing Square owns more than 10% of each company, betting they’ll survive plans to replace them. But their shares plummeted when a bipartisan deal to replace them emerged in the U.S. Senate.

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