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World investors diverge on the outlook for stocks
By Reuters
09/30/2014 6:09:03 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)--Global investor sentiment is diverging, with Europeans, including the UK, remaining bullish on stocks and keeping allocations in place while the United States and Japan fret over rising risks, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday [Sept. 30].
Hedge funds hold fire on Tesco, eye rebound potential
By Reuters
09/30/2014 5:58:56 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)--Some hedge funds are holding fire on Tesco in the wake of its accounting scandal and share price slide, with at least one fund cutting its short position as investors assess the potential for a rebound. Although bearish bets on the world's third-biggest retailer have ticked up over the past week, short interest is down from its March highs.
Raveneur gets going with Blackstone, PAAMCO money
By Reuters
09/30/2014 12:55:14 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)--New York-based hedge fund startup Raveneur Investment Group has signed up investment giants Blackstone Group LP and Pacific Alternative Asset Management (PAAMCO) as clients, according to sources familiar with the fund. The fund has received $150 million from PAAMCO and is slated to receive $200 million from Blackstone according to the sources.
Event-driven hedge funds' skills stand out in H1: BlackRock
By Reuters
09/25/2014 1:30:46 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge fund managers looking to profit from corporate events such as mergers and acquisitions proved to be the most skilful in the first half of the year, a study on Thursday [Sept. 25] by top global money manager BlackRock showed.
Not waiting for JPMorgan, Mercuria plots global metals push
By Reuters
09/25/2014 10:35:33 AM ET

NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters)—Swiss commodity trader Mercuria, known best for its energy prowess, is mounting an audacious challenge to metal trading titans like Glencore Plc and Trafigura AG, but not in the way that industry sources had expected. Rather than relying on its pending $3.
Stirring market seismograph relief for ailing trading industry
By Reuters
09/23/2014 3:52:52 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Recent stirrings of long-dormant financial market volatility have come in the nick of time for an industry that has been bleeding revenue and jobs for years, even though bankers doubt the secular downsizing of the trading world can be reversed. Trading in fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) has been steadily falling since the 2008 crisis, in large part thanks to a collapse and convergence of interest rates across the developed world that has crushed volatility.
TransCanada eyed by U.S. investor activists
By Reuters
09/18/2014 4:43:34 PM ET

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters)—Canada, which has seen a fair share of U.S. activist investors cross the border in the last years, may soon have more of them knocking on its door.
UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish vote result
By Reuters
09/17/2014 4:52:58 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday [Sept. 19].
Calm before the storm? Commodity volatility mired at low levels
By Reuters
09/17/2014 3:47:13 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Commodity traders curse it while industrial users of oil, metals and grains applaud it. Several years of low volatility on commodity markets have hammered profits for speculators and constricted trading opportunities, while providing stability for firms that buy such goods.
CalPERS' exit could heap pressure on hedge fund fees
By Reuters
09/16/2014 5:31:19 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—The California Public Employees' Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.
Former top BTG Pactual trader Hermann to open fund: report
By Reuters
09/10/2014 5:12:01 PM ET

SÃO PAULO (Reuters)—Emmanuel Hermann, the former head of Grupo BTG Pactual SA's proprietary equity desk in Brazil, is opening a new fund specialized in risk arbitrage, credit and distressed assets, the markets blog of Veja Magazine said on Wednesday [Sept. 10], without saying how it obtained the information.
Emerging-market currency turbulence picks up, options markets flash red
By Reuters
09/10/2014 4:29:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against sharp fluctuations in many emerging-market currencies jumped to multi-month highs on Wednesday [Sept. 10], and derivatives markets indicate that bets against them are on the rise as the dollar strengthens.
Andy Hall cuts risk, takes profits, but still bullish long-term oil
By Reuters
09/10/2014 11:14:59 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Prominent oil bull Andy Hall has cut risk in his $3.3 billion hedge fund by more than half since June and taken profits in some markets after "various cross-currents" this summer, he told investors.
Hedge funds perform positively in August but lag broader market
By Reuters
09/09/2014 11:51:55 AM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Hedge funds had their best month since February when they reported a 1.56 percent rise in August, according to data released on Monday [Sept.
Western lobbyists bring a gentler touch to shape Asia financial reforms
By Reuters
09/09/2014 11:26:37 AM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Asia is proving new and fertile ground for Western lobbyists and public affairs consultancies who are helping shape post-crisis financial reforms in a region where regulators traditionally operate behind closed doors. As the reform agenda has become increasingly global, regulators in Asia are having to juggle local issues such as poor corporate governance and rampant insider trading, while implementing extensive G20 reforms – from overhauling the derivatives markets to clamping down on shadow banking.
Cost to hedge sterling swings rises as Scottish vote looms
By Reuters
09/08/2014 12:04:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against near-term currency swings from a possible "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum jumped to a 13-month high on Monday [Sept. 8], as more hedge funds sought protection from wild fluctuations in the pound.
Doubts return at SandRidge a year after CEO ousted by investors
By Reuters
09/08/2014 11:35:13 AM ET

HOUSTON (Reuters)—In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc. to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.
Stock market hopefuls face harder sell as investors weary of IPO flood
By Reuters
09/08/2014 10:52:07 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—European stock market listings are kicking off again after a summer break, but many companies hoping to copy successful flotations earlier in the year now have to convince investors weary from a flood of new names and burned by high prices. Enthusiasm for initial public offerings (IPOs) has quadrupled the amount raised in Europe in the first nine months of this year compared to a year earlier to a total of $55.
In Herbalife's nutrition clubs, Ackman's attacks fail to resonate
By Reuters
09/05/2014 5:58:33 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—New York hedge fund manager William Ackman says Herbalife is a pyramid scheme that exploits the poor. He has taken a $1 billion bet against the company's stock and spent millions on research to attack the nutritional supplements seller, including making a video showing former distributors who claim they were deceived and lost money trying to sell its products.
Insider traders in U.S. face longer prison terms, Reuters analysis shows
By Reuters
09/02/2014 2:43:03 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—U.S. judges are imposing increasingly long prison terms for insider trading, a Reuters analysis shows. The rise is at least partly driven by the bigger profits being earned through the illegal schemes, defense lawyers said.

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