Germany leapfrogs UK to become Europe’s most shorted market as recession fears surge

Germany just leapfrogged the UK to become the most shorted market in Europe as economic worries grip the continent. The German market accounted for about 25% of short positions last month, followed by UK’s 20%, data from SEI Novus shows. The data, which covers pan-European short positions worth over €30bn from more than 150 managers, shows that … Read more

Hedge fund Millennium’s €126m Porsche short signals bearish bet on IPO

Ahead of Volkswagen’s IPO of Porsche AG in a few weeks, hedge fund Millennium International Management has built a large short position in Porsche SE. According to data from research firm Breakout Point, Millennium disclosed a position representing 0.6% of the company’s shares on 14 September. A rough estimate based on current market capitalisation would … Read more

Loeb reverses course on push to get Disney to spin off ESPN

Dan Loeb Justin Solomon | CNBC Activist investor Dan Loeb indicated that he’s going to retreat from his push to get Disney to spin off ESPN, reversing a position he had pushed less than a month ago. In a tweet Sunday morning, the Third Point CEO said he sees the virtue of keeping the sports … Read more

PayPal Is Being Targeted by Activist Elliott. Here’s Why.

Text size PayPal shares have slid this year as people have returned to their prepandemic spending habits. Courtesy of PayPal Payments giant PayPal finally has attracted an activist. PayPal (ticker: PYPL) had been a pandemic-darling as households increasingly shopped online but shares have slid more than 60% this year as people returned to their prepandemic … Read more

LME used ‘expert judgement’ to wipe $4bn trades, defence to Elliott and Jane Street suit claims

The London Metal Exchange asked a High Court judge to respect its “specialist” judgment and refuse payment of $456m and $15.3m, respectively, sought by activist hedge fund Elliott Management and market maker Jane Street over cancelled nickel trades in early March. The view from the LME in the 13 July court filings — still in the early … Read more

Crypto’s Domino Effect Is Widening, Threatening More Pain

Turmoil in the digital-assets ecosystem has grown in recent weeks, with losses in cryptocurrencies blowing holes in balance sheets and pushing firms near bankruptcy. After a pair of cryptocurrencies crashed, wiping out billions of dollars in value in May, a British Virgin Islands court this past week ordered a hedge fund that had survived several … Read more

Zendesk Close to Striking Buyout Deal, Sources Say

Zendesk Inc. is close to a deal with a group of buyout firms, according to people familiar with the matter, resurrecting a failed attempt to sell itself in what would be one of the biggest private-equity takeovers of the year. A deal with a group that includes Hellman & Friedman LLC and Permira could be … Read more

Ken Griffin Moving Citadel From Chicago to Miami Following Crime Complaints

Billionaire Ken Griffin is relocating his big hedge-fund firm Citadel from Chicago to Miami, the third major employer to announce the move of a corporate headquarters from Illinois in the past two months. In a letter to employees Thursday, Mr. Griffin said he had personally moved to Florida—a state that doesn’t collect personal income tax—and … Read more

Tiger Global drops 14% in May during the tech sell-off, pushing hedge fund’s 2022 losses to over 50%

Chase Coleman, founder of Tiger Global Management LLC Amanda L. Gordon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management suffered huge losses in May amid a tech-driven sell-off, making the hedge fund’s tough 2022 even worse. The growth-focused flagship fund at Tiger Global tumbled 14.3% in May, bringing its 2022 losses to over … Read more

Hedge fund boss Ken Griffin says LME was ‘incomprehensibly wrong’ to wipe $4bn in nickel trades

Kenneth Griffin, chief executive and founder of hedge fund Citadel, is the latest finance giant to criticise the London Metal Exchange after a March spike in nickel prices led the trading platform to cancel almost $4bn in trades. “That was one of the worst days in my professional career in terms of watching the behaviour of … Read more