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The Most Beloved, And Hated, Hedge Fund Stocks Are...

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Step aside long-time hedge fund hotel darlings Apple and AIG, and make room for Government Motors, which with a record 196 hedge fund owners, is now the biggest recently bankrupt hedge fund darling du jour. We wish GM, and its record number of "smart money" holders the best in continuing their channel stuffing "expansion" strategy.

Of course, the fact that virtually everyone and the kitchen sink is already in GM, means that there is little possible upside from here as all the fast money is already in, and at best can only depart on even the slightest deviation from perfection pricing (and with China cracking, and local demand for discretionary purchases plunging, GM will be one of the first casualties).

Which brings us to the second table: that of the most shorted, and hated, stocks by hedge funds. Recall that as we have shown time and again, the only guaranteed strategy to generate alpha in a market in which there is no risk (thank you Charmanwoman), is to be long the natural hedges - the worst, most horrible companies around. We noted as much most recently in September 2013 when we reflected on the one year anniversary of our "go long the most shorted trades" idea from September 2012. As the chart below confirms, doing precisely this has generated a return some 40% higher than the S&P 500 itself.

 

So where will the hedge fund pain be in the coming months, as the Fed tapers only to realize it can't untaper in a world in which the unwind of the carry trade means Lehman 2.0 (see China) and the end of the capital markets as we know them, and thus the Untaper?

Presenting the most shorted, according to Goldman, stocks by hedge fund experts.

Anyone going long these names is virtually assured to outperform the market over the next year.

 

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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:42 | 4463294 TeamDepends
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That looks like the car that Homer Simpson designed.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:49 | 4463316 HyBrasilian
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Yeah but fonestar owns that company stock [in BITCOINS]...

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:59 | 4463349 semperfidelis
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Sorry. Not connected but important.

In other news Yanukovych exit stage left. Ukraine president has left Kiev for Kharkov. Video shows protester in front of the presidential administration building. Police gone.

This is clusterfuck on both fronts, as opposition is booed on stage, young man takes over mike - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBOfS-14jX0

Second video here https://www.facebook.com/Bogdana.Babych

Now confirmed - Yanukovych is gone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s72NLnabzcY#t=110

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:02 | 4463359 Troll Magnet
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USA! USA! USA! CIA! CIA! CIA!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:11 | 4463379 semperfidelis
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This is a very important development, if confirmed it means Russia has activated the second scenario, a breakup of Ukraine. This would be a 100% clusterfucked Eastern Europe.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:16 | 4463549 The Vineyard
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John Paulson is an asshole.  Spread the news.  Bitches.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:08 | 4463370 TeamDepends
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He is one smooth operator.  We also heard he owns half of Abu Dhabi.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:17 | 4463550 Freddie
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Does the O police state admin tell hedge fund managers they must buy GM or are those managers just stupid?  I know most are corrupt.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:45 | 4463303 Soul Glow
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Hedge funds are stupid.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 20:27 | 4463767 Seahorse
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War is stupid.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:48 | 4463310 BurningFuld
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Canada beat the US in Hockey today.

FYI

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:51 | 4463319 HyBrasilian
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so great!... go BEAT OFF on a Moose [to show your pride]...

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:54 | 4463330 BurningFuld
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It's just a game.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:09 | 4463373 earnyermoney
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Looks like Barry needs to send Harper 2 cases of Schlitz Malt Liquor.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:22 | 4463412 Kirk2NCC1701
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Old Canadian joke...

 

What do making love in a canoe and American beer have in common?

Both are fucking close to water.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:06 | 4463512 Soul Glow
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Must be an old joke.  Come to the West Coast and try a micro.

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 03:12 | 4464520 John_Coltrane
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Old Newfie (Newfoundland) joke:

Two Newfie girls traveling across Canada get pulled over by the police. The policeman comes up to the driver's side window and begins to unzip his pants.  One girl turns to the other and says, "not another breathalizer test"!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:51 | 4463323 Deathrips
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The amazing value created out of Canadian hockey.

Can we fractionalize it and rehypothicate it?

Could be a solution for the socialists?

 

RIPS

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:53 | 4463328 Toolshed
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I hope ZH is not following the idiotic MSM and inferring that the Pontiac Aztec is a crappy car. I have a 2003 Aztec and it is the best car I have ever owned. And it's not just that I am odd, although that is a foregone conclusion. However, the Aztec has the highest CUSTOMER SATISFACTION of any Pontiac ever made. That means higher customer satisfaction than Pontiac legends such as the GTO, LeMans, Grand Prix, etc. I recently asked a local dealer's service manager if they ever got in any low mileage 2005's (last year of mfg) in trade, mine is still in great shape but has 130,000 mi. on it. The service manager laughed and told me they did indeed, but I had better be standing there when it came in or I had no chance of buying as they were highly sought after. Apparently, the fine auto was judged purely on it's rather unique/curious looks, back in 2001 that is. Nowadays it's styling is pretty mainstream compared to many other new models on the road. I get 20mpg city and 25mpg hwy with a v6 and automatic tranny, as measured by me, not the BS EPA numbers. My freinds 2012 Ford Fusion, in real world driving, can't match that. Plus, my Aztek has more cargo space, a removable ice chest in the console, and a tent package that converts it into a camper. Yee Haa!!!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:03 | 4463362 TeamDepends
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And nobody would ever think of stealing it!  Just ribbin' ya, as we are Chevy fans from days of yore whose faith was shaken to the core when GM accepted bail-out (dirty) money from Barry.  Ford deserves kudos for not doing so.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:23 | 4463410 Stoploss
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What about pussy?

Can you get pussy in an Aztec??

Blindfold?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:28 | 4463423 TeamDepends
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Hell yeah!  To a woman, a man driving an Aztec is saying, "I just don't give a flying fuck what you think about me."  To a certain percentage, this is appealing.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:17 | 4463526 Toolshed
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"What about pussy?

Can you get pussy in an Aztec??"

Your question seems to indicate you have little experince obtaining said "pussy". When a female is evaluating a man's desireability she mainly looks at 3 things. And they are: shoes, belt, and watch. Any guy with a pulse and a credit card can rent a nice car. And any guy with decent credit can buy a nice car. Only dingbat sluts fall for the sports car thing. And they usually leave you with lingering aftereffects that won't wash off. Feel free to test that statement. Go the clubs wearing cheap shoes, a cheap belt, and a cheap watch. Then go to the clubs with your Ferragamo shoes, your D&G belt, and your Patek Phillipe watch and you will see a huge upswing in attention from the ladies. Of course having a wad of fresh benjamins peeking out of your pocket won't hurt either, but being attired in those three upscale fasion accessories really gets the girls attention. Pretty sad really. But it works.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 22:36 | 4464069 J Pancreas
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The Aztec is the tackiest, lowliest car ever made in the history of man. That is all.

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 10:22 | 4464787 Iam_Silverman
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"The Aztec is the tackiest, lowliest car ever made in the history of man. That is all."

 

Says the young one who has never ridden in a Yugo or had a sibling with a Pacer.

Tacky and lowly can be the new sexy.  Remember the VW Thing?  Oh wait, probably not.....

But, I guess yuo must think pretty highly of yourself while jetting about in your Suzuki X-90?

Shortly after high school (late 70's) vehicles became a tool instead of a statement for me.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:54 | 4463331 Fíréan
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This reads like a used car salesman trying to dump old stock with no useful mileage left, or maybe even no working motor.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:17 | 4463397 walküre
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2001 Pontiac Aztek

 Bryan Mitchell / Getty

 

I was in the audience at the Detroit auto show the day GM unveiled the Pontiac Aztek and I will never forget the gasp that audience made. Holy hell! This car could not have been more instantly hated if it had a Swastika tattoo on its forehead. In later interviews with GM designers — who, for decency's sake, will remain unnamed — it emerged that the Aztek design had been fiddled with, fussed over, cost-shaved and otherwise compromised until the tough, cool-looking concept had been reduced to a bulky, plastic-clad mess. A classic case of losing the plot. The Aztek violates one of the principal rules of car design: We like cars that look like us. With its multiple eyes and supernumerary nostrils, the Aztek looks deformed and scary, something that dogs bark at and cathedrals employ to ring bells (cf., Fiat Multipla). The shame is, under all that ugliness, there was a useful, competent crossover.

http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_16585...

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:18 | 4463403 Yen Cross
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   Is that Walter White's Pontiac Aztek from "Breaking Bad?"   I miss that show...

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:42 | 4463460 Atlas_shrugging
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All that may be true but the Aztek looks like a fucking garbage truck

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:55 | 4463484 adr
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I see Netflix, Salesforce, and Qualcomm in that short list.

Fuck do I really have to look forward to seeing Netflix join the $1000 share club next year.

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