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Prominent Hedge Fund Luxor Capital Warns Redeeming Investors Will Be "Gated" After Sharp Losses

About a decade ago, Christian Leone's Luxor Capital was one of the biggest brand names in the industry, and alongside Harbinger and DB Zwirn, every trader and analyst on Wall Street wanted to work there. Since then things have changed. According to Reuters, Luxor, which had $3.8 billion under management at last check, "has been losing money for months" and on Monday it surprised investors when it announced it would "not be returning exiting investors cash in full, keeping a portion locked up until some illiquid investments can be sold."

Frontrunning: March 29

  • Headline of the day: Oil prices fall as investors' faith in rally wanes (Reuters)
  • Europe shares, dollar gain as investors look to Yellen (Reuters)
  • Chinese Bidder for Starwood Has Mysterious Ownership Structure (WSJ)
  • Germany wants refugees to integrate or lose residency rights (Reuters)
  • BlackRock Joins Pimco Warning Investors to Seek Inflation Hedge (BBG)
  • Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns: A Financial-Crisis Mystery Is Solved (WSJ)

Futures, Oil Dip On Stronger Dollar Ahead Of "Hawkish" Yellen Speech

With Europe back from Easter break, we are seeing a modest continuation of the dollar strength witnessed every day last week, which in turn is pressuring oil and the commodity complex, and leading to some selling in US equity futures (down 0.2% to 2024) ahead of today's main event which is Janet Yellen's speech as the Economic Club of New York at 12:20pm, an event which judging by risk assets so far is expected to be far more hawkish than dovish: after all the S&P 500 is north of 2,000 for now.

China Beige Book Reveals Employment Plunges To 4-Year Low, Capex Worst In History

Back in December, New York-based China Beige Book International released what they called a “disturbing” set of data that pointed to pronounced weakness in the Chinese economy. Things have not gotten any better since then and according to the CBB's latest quarterly survey, Chinese firms are now "allergic to hiring."

Frontrunning: March 28

  • Terror Network’s Web Sprawls Beyond Brussels and Paris (WSJ)
  • Dollar firms, Asia stocks slip as U.S. data, Fed comments awaited (Reuters)
  • Pakistanis hunt militants behind blast that killed at least 70 (Reuters)
  • Biden-Clinton Friction Hangs Over Campaign (WSJ)
  • Japan opens radar station close to disputed isles, drawing angry China response (Reuters)
  • Google Search Technique Aided N.Y. Dam Hacker in Iran (WSJ)

Futures Rise In Thin Trading On Back Of Yen Weakness; Europe Closed

With European markets closed across the continent on Monday as the Easter holiday continues, overnight Asia was busy with China Shanghai Composite letting off some steam, and closing down 0.7% at session lows on concerns the Shanghai and Shenzhen home bubble have been popped by the politburo, Japan was a different story with the Yen sliding following a report by the Sankei newspaper that Abe will announce in May his intention to delay the planned levy hike, coupled with additional reports that Japan will unveil a major fiscal stimulus (and just on Friday Abe said he is "not thinking at all about supplemental budget" at this time).

"Forgotten Sandlot" Or "The Next Dubai"? This Tiny African Nation Is Now A Geopolitical Hot Spot

China's choice of Djibouti as the country that will host Beijing's first overseas military outpost has put the tiny African nation in the geopolitical spotlight. Situated on one of the planet's most critical oil chokepoints, and nestled amongst countries that serve as operations bases for some of the world's most notorious terror groups, Djibouti is set to become a focal point for power poltiics in the years ahead.