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  • Oil Slips on Profit Taking, Supply Worries Persist Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | 3:29 PM ET

    Oil fell on Monday as traders took profits after supply concerns sent prices above $77 abarrel last week and near record highs.

  • Oil jumped more than 2 percent to its second highest settlement on record on Friday as supply concerns and signs of U.S. economic growth helped counter worries about falling stock markets.

  • Oils Falls Below $75 as Stock Market Drop Clips Rally Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 | 3:10 PM ET

    Oil prices fell on Thursday as a sharp drop in the U.S. stock market spurred concerns about crude demand growth, reversing an earlier rally.

  • Worries about the credit markets aren't the only reason investors are fleeing to the relative safety of Treasurys. An unwinding of the so-called "carry trade"--a popular financing tool for hedge funds and other big investors--is accelerating the move away from risky assets.

  • Second Australia Hedge Fund Suspends Withdrawals Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 9:47 PM ET

    A second Australian hedge fund has become caught up in the subprime mortgage fallout, with Absolute Capital telling investors it has suspended withdrawals from two funds until October due to a lack of liquidity in structured credit markets.

  • U.S. market regulators charged failed hedge fund Amaranth Advisors and its former head trader, Brian Hunter, with trying to manipulate natural gas futures prices.

  • Oil Futures Climb to Near $76 on U.S. Inventory Decline Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    Oil prices jumped on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed a draw in crude inventories as refiners' utilization increased.

  • Chrysler Financing Runs Into Problems, But Deal Still On Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 1:52 PM ET

    Bankers have postponed the sale of $12 billion in debt to help private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management buy Chrysler Group from DaimlerChrysler, fueling further nervousness in the credit and stock markets.

  • Oil rose Tuesday afternoon to well over $73 per barrel -- after sinking more than $1 below $73 a barrel earlier in the day. The slide was attributed to further assurances from OPEC that it would pump more crude if needed, as well as expectations of higher U.S. fuel stockpiles.

  • KKR Irks Wall Street With Tough Stance on Buyout Debt Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | 8:10 AM ET

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the legendary leveraged buyout firm known for its tough deal tactics, is living up to its image, to the growing frustration of Wall Street. KKR, with four major buyout deals in the debt pipeline, is refusing to budge on lending terms agreed to with investment banks, even as debt investors show a weakening appetite

  • Oil fell below the $75-per-barrel mark on Monday, as some funds booked profits after OPEC expressed concern over near-record prices -- and pledged to pump more crude if needed.

  • Australian Banks Count Exposure to Ailing Hedge Fund Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | 1:27 AM ET

    The fund management arms of some of Australia's biggest banks are scrambling to assess more than $264 million in exposures to troubled local hedge fund Basis Capital, which has lost heavily in bets gone wrong in the U.S. subprime crisis.

  • Australia Hedge Fund Warns of Investor Losses Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 10:00 PM ET

    Troubled Australian hedge fund Basis Capital has warned investors they may only get half their money back and has appointed an accounting firm to help manage a sale of assets, according to media reports.

  • The failure by Man Group to raise its target share price through the IPO of its former brokerage arm, MF Global, may indicate a glut of supply in the alternatives space and reflect risk aversion from investors on the back of the subprime mortgage meltdown, industry insiders said.

  • Lampert: Is Safeway In Buyout Sights Instead of Macy's? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 12:08 PM ET
    Macy's

    Eddie Lampert's name is thrown around a lot these days whenever speculation of a buyout in the retail sector comes to the front of the rumor mill. Today, his name is once again surfacing but this time his Sears Holdings is being linked to rumors of a buyout of grocer Safeway, not a Macy's LBO.

  • Target: What Will Ackman Do With Increased Shares? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 10:37 AM ET
    Target

    As we told you here on this blog last week, Pershing Square Capital Management upped its stake in Target beyond +5%. Per the SEC regulatory filing made Monday, Bill Ackman increased his stake in TGT to 9.6% of shares outstanding.

  • Bear Stearns's two troubled hedge funds that bet heavily on risky subprime loans are "essentially worthless," CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Ackman Reports 9.6% Stake in Target Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | 10:23 AM ET
    Target

    Activist investor William Ackman reported owning a 9.6% stake of Target in a regulatory filing early Monday, confirming news reports that drove up the discount retailer's share price last week.

  • It has been a sizzling week for markets in Asia, with Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea all closing at lifetime highs.  But what goes up must come down.   In this week’s A Fund Affair, our guest writer, Mah Ching Cheng, Research Manager at Fundsupermart.com, takes a look at the signals that markets give off just before a downturn. Mah shares her opinion with us.

  • Target

    A source very close to the situation confirmed to me that Pershing Square Capital--a fund run by activist investor Bill Ackman--has been buying stock in discounter Target and has accumulated more than five percent of outstanding shares. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing of that purchase is expected to be made next week.

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