Third Point

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Frontrunning: November 12





  • China Pledges Greater Role for Market in Economy (WSJ), China vows 'decisive' role for markets, results by 2020 (Reuters)
  • China expected to cut growth target to 7% (FT)
  • World Trade Center Tower Debuts in Manhattan Leasing Test (BBG)
  • Job Gap Widens in Uneven Recovery (WSJ)
  • Khamenei’s conglomerate thrived as sanctions squeezed Iran (Reuters)
  • Swiss referendum on wages of high earners stirs debate (FT)
  • Obama to Nominate Massad to Head CFTC (WSJ)
  • Japan readies additional $30 billion for Fukushima clean-up (Reuters)
  • Target Fills Its Cart With Amazon Ideas (WSJ)
  • Shadow banks reap Fed rate reward (FT)
 
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Frontrunning: October 23





  • Top China Banks Triple Debt Write-Offs as Defaults Loom (BBG)
  • PBOC suspends open market operations again (Global Times)
  • Eurozone bank shares fall after ECB outlines health check plan (FT)
  • O-Care falling behind (The Hill)
  • Key House Republican presses tech companies on Obamacare glitches (Reuters)
  • J.P. Morgan Faces Another Potential Huge Payouta (WSJ)
  • Yankees Among 10 MLB Teams Valued at More Than $1 Billion (BBG)
  • Free our reporter, begs newspaper as China cracks down on journalists (Reuters)
  • Peugeot Reviews Cost-Saving Alliance With GM (WSJ)
 
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Dan Loeb's Third Point Returns 10% Of Capital Amid "Concerns About The Global Economy"





It seemed as if this morning's exuberant run into US equities would never stop but it would appear that comments from none other than Dan Loeb has (for now) put an end to the exuberance. With fundamentals collapsing, and even Cramer's "Cult stocks" tumbling, today's rally was yet another blindlingly obvious insight into the fact that this market is entirely artificial and Third Point's Dan Loeb, worried about the global economy, has reduced his exposure to equities. Furthermore, he plans to return 10% of capital to investors. Not exactly the wealth-effect enhancing, confidence-inspiring action that the Fed hoped for...

 
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"A Scam Of Unmatchable Balls And Cruelty" - Matt Taibbi On Wall Street's "Triple-Fucking Of Ordinary People"





"This is the third act in an improbable triple-fucking of ordinary people that Wall Street is seeking to pull off as a shocker epilogue to the crisis era. Five years ago this fall, an epidemic of fraud and thievery in the financial-services industry triggered the collapse of our economy. The resultant loss of tax revenue plunged states everywhere into spiraling fiscal crises, and local governments suffered huge losses in their retirement portfolios – remember, these public pension funds were some of the most frequently targeted suckers upon whom Wall Street dumped its fraud-riddled mortgage-backed securities in the pre-crash years.... It's a scam of almost unmatchable balls and cruelty, accomplished with the aid of some singularly spineless politicians. And it hasn't happened overnight. This has been in the works for decades, and the fighting has been dirty all the way."

 
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Frontrunning: September 19





  • Bernanke Resets Policy by Doing Nothing as Markets Soar (BBG)
  • Stocks Jump to Five-Year High as Metals Rally on Fed (BBG)
  • Centre-left bigwig says hard to stay allied with Berlusconi (ANSA)
  • J.P. Morgan 'Whale' Fine Put at Over $900 Million (WSJ)
  • Banks’ $10 Billion Sweet Spot Sets Off Buying Spree for Lenders (BBG)
  • Time to taper? Not if you look at bank loans (Reuters)
  • Mortgage Lending Reaches 5-Year High (WSJ) ... and then plunges as Fed gives "all clear" for a few months
  • Yellen Chances Grow as Obama Aides Test Senate Support (BBG)
 
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Frontrunning: September 16





  • Summers Quit Fed Quest After Democrats Spurned Obama Favorite (BBG)
  • Geithner Still Not Interested in Fed Chair Slot (WSJ)
  • Gross’s Trade Sours as Bonds Lose Faith in Fed Guidance (BBG)
  • Bob Diamond calls for bank rules shake-up (FT)
  • Russia says may be time to force Assad's foes to talk peace (Reuters)
  • Iran Dials Up Syria Presence (WSJ)
  • Kerry Seeks to Sell Syria Deal (WSJ)
  • Shutdown of Japan’s Last Nuclear Reactor Raises Power Concerns (BBG)
  • Emerging Stocks Rise to 3-Month High as Bonds Gain on Fed (BBG)
  • Bernanke’s Maradona swerve hits bonds (FT)
 
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Frontrunning: September 9





  • Hedge Funds Cut Back on Fees (WSJ) as we predicted would happen in May
  • Syria's Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike (Reuters)
  • Unemployment Falling for Wrong Reason Creates Fed Predicament (BBG)
  • U.S. tapped into networks of Google, Petrobras, others (Reuters)
  • Chinese Zombies Emerging After Years of Solar Subsidies (BBG)
  • Monte Paschi doubles planned capital hike to 2.5 billion euros (Reuters)
  • Loan Size to Be Cut for Fannie, Freddie (WSJ)
  • Japan Growth Revision Opens Door to Sales Tax Rise (FT)
  • Inside the End of the U.S. Bid to Punish Lehman Executives (NYT)
  • Financial Crisis: Lessons of the Rescue, A Drama in Five Acts (WSJ)
  • Time Warner Joins IBM in Health Shift for Retirees (WSJ)
  • Mideast Derails Key Issues in Congress (WSJ)
 
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Frontrunning: August 27





  • Opposition figure: major decisions on Syria expected within hours (Al Arabiya)
  • Syria challenges U.S. to "produce the evidence" that Assad regime launched chemical attack (CBS)
  • British PM says world must act on Syria, weighs response (Reuters)
  • U.S. Treasury to Hit Debt Limit in Mid-October (WSJ)
  • U.S. could look beyond U.N. Security Council in any Syria strike (Reuters)
  • Nasdaq, NYSE at odds on outage cause as SEC seeks facts (Reuters)
  • Ackman’s J.C. Penney Sale Ends Failed Saga to Agitate for Change (BBG)
  • Zandi, LaVorgna, Blinder, Rattner all is one con puff piece (BBG)
  • Best Buy Founder Schulze Plans Stock Sale to Diversify Assets (BBG) - "diversify assets" = dump overpriced junk
  • Zero Worship: Credit-Card Firms Compete With No-Interest Transfers (WSJ)
  • Len Blavatnik wins $50m in JPMorgan lawsuit (FT)
  • Danone Finds Yogurt’s All Greek as Oikos Chases Chobani (BBG)
 
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Hedge Fund Second Quarter 13F Summary





It's a Carl iCahn world, and 13-Fs are nothing more than 45 day old tweets. Also, with Ben Bernanke Chief Risk Manager of the developed world, there is absolutely no point to be invested in hedge funds (why - there is simply no risk, until Ben loses control, then no amount of hedging will help anyone), and as such what "hedge" funds are buying is irrelevant. But since the cottage industry of alphacloners still exists, here, via RanSquawk and Fly, is the full June 30 holding recap of the usual suspects.

 
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Frontrunning: August 15





  • This won't end well: Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts (Reuters)
  • JPMorgan Said to Expect Multiple Fines for Whale Loss (BBG)
  • Ex-bosses at JPMorgan unlikely to face charges in 'Whale' scandal (Reuters)
  • China could target oil firms, telecoms, banks in price probes (Reuters)
  • For once, it's not the weather's fault: U.K. Retail Sales Increase More Than Forecast on Heatwave (BBG)
  • Japanese visits to shrine on war anniversary anger China (Reuters)
  • India Fighting Worst Crisis Since ’91 Seeks to Buoy Rupee (BBG)
  • Japan Signals Corporate Tax Cut a Long Shot as Deflation Eases (Reuters)
  • Indonesia Tackles Graft in Energy Sector (Reuters)
  • Merkel Touts Strength of German Economy (WSJ)
  • and... British stuntman who parachuted into London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond dies in fall (AP)
 
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Frontrunning: August 6





  • Washington Post Company Chairman and CEO Donald Graham talks about the sale, what it means for the future of The Post (WaPo)
  • Private-equity firms are adding debt to companies they own to fund payouts to themselves at a record pace (WSJ)
  • U.S., U.K. Urge Citizens to Leave Yemen (WSJ)
  • India Names Rajan Central Bank Governor as Rupee Plunges (BBG)
  • Family Offices Chasing Wealthy’s $46 Trillion in Assets (BBG)
  • UK 'bad bank' repays $2.9 billion to taxpayers in first half (Reuters)
  • Sony rebuffs Daniel Loeb’s push for entertainment spin-off (FT)
  • Public Pensions Up 12% Get Most in 2 Years as Stocks Soar (BBG)
  • Hidden Billionaire Found With Food Fortune in California (BBG)
  • Fonterra under fire over milk scare; more product recalls (Reuters)
  • Crédit Agricole Profit Rises After Greek  (WSJ)
 
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Frontrunning: July 23





  • Biggest Banks Face Fed Restoring Barriers in Commodities (BBG)
  • SAC to Employees: Cohen Didn't Read Dell Email at Heart of SEC's Case (WSJ)
  • Second (and Third) liens are back, and so is 2005: As Banks Retreat, Hedge Funds Smell Profit (WSJ)
  • Singapore funds benefit from Asian wealth (FT)
  • 2 years later the lies haven't changed one bit - Tepco hit over slow admission of radioactive leak (FT)
  • How big tech stays offline on tax (Reuters)
  • Hilton Leads Rush to Africa in Fastest Boom (BBG)
  • U.S. and UK fine high-speed trader for manipulation (Reuters)
  • Key witness takes stand in SEC case against Goldman's Tourre (Reuters)
  • Boomer Sex With Dementia Foreshadowed in Nursing Home (BBG)
  • Bentley SUV gives £800m boost to UK car industry (FT)
 
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Frontrunning: June 18





  • Obama Says Bernanke Fed Term Lasting ‘Longer Than He Wanted’ (Bloomberg)
  • Merkel Critical Of Japan's Credit Policy In Meeting With Abe (Nikkei)
  • China Wrestles With Banks' Pleas for Cash (WSJ)
  • Biggest protests in 20 years sweep Brazil (Brazil)
  • Pena Nieto Confident 75-Year Pemex Oil Monopoly to End This Year (Bloomberg)
  • G8 leaders seek common ground on tax (FT)
  • Putin faces isolation over Syria as G8 ratchets up pressure (Reuters)
  • Former Trader Is Charged in U.K. Libor Probe (WSJ) - yup: it was all one 33 year old trader's fault
  • Draghi Says ECB Has ‘Open Mind’ on Non-Standard Measures (BBG)
  • Loeb Raises His Sony Stake, Drive for Entertainment IPO (WSJ)
 
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Stephen Roach: "The American Consumer Is Not Okay"





The spin-doctors are hard at work talking up America’s subpar economic recovery. All eyes are on households. Thanks to falling unemployment, rising home values, and record stock prices, an emerging consensus of forecasters, market participants, and policymakers has now concluded that the American consumer is finally back. Don’t believe it. In short, the American consumer’s nightmare is far from over. Spin and frothy markets aside, the healing has only just begun.

 
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Hedge Fund Performance Update: Dan Loeb Is Crushing It In 2013, Everyone Else - Not So Much





Just like last year, when it was the turn of Europe-focused crushed and battered hedge funds to generate outsized returns due to some brief ECB-inspired euphoria, if only for a brief period, and then promptly fall back into obscurity, so now it is the time of the "Japan" strat. As the latest HSBC hedge fund performance report confirms, the best YTD returns are, as expected, those for Japan-focused funds. So how are the legacy titans of the hedge fund world doing? The answer is in the table below: of the vast majority of hedge funds, only a handful are outperforming the market year to date. This is becoming a major concern for an industry that has underperformed the S&P for the fifth year in a row, and which has to fight tooth and nail to justify its exorbitant fees in a world in which there is noneed to hedge any risk any more: after all, Ben Bernanke has everyone covered. One fund that has nothing to worry about is Dan Loeb's Third Point as it continues its juggernaut of crushing both returns and competition without pause.

 
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