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  • BOSTON, May 22- Barington Capital Group won its proxy contest by scoring two board seats at Eastern Co this week as shareholders widely backed the activist hedge fund's call to add new blood at the industrial hardware maker. Shareholders elected Barington Chief Executive Officer James Mitarotonda and Michael McManus, CEO of medical device manufacturer...

  • LONDON, May 20- The European Central Bank said on Wednesday it would stop providing journalists embargoed copies of its speeches, as a storm grew over one of its top policymakers giving hedge funds a head start on market-sensitive information. On Monday, ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure gave a speech to an invitation-only dinner of fund managers,...

  • LONDON, May 20- The European Central Bank said on Wednesday it would stop providing journalists embargoed copies of its speeches, as a storm grew over one of its top policymakers giving hedge funds a head start on market sensitive information. ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure gave a speech to an invitation-only dinner of fund managers, bankers and...

  • Reading merger mania signals   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:39 AM ET
    Reading merger mania signals

    Scott Sperling, THL Partners co-president, weighs in on what's driving Wall Street mergers and provides his thoughts on the best investment opportunities.

  • MASON CITY, Iowa, May 18- In the spotlight for her own high income, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a swipe at hedge fund managers again on Monday for earning much more than ordinary Americans and paying lower tax rates. Speaking to about 60 supporters at a house party in Iowa, Clinton said "the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top"...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund managers made contrasting bets on energy companies in the first quarter, with Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn sticking with names pummeled by falling oil prices, while Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass bet on frackers, regulatory filings showed on Friday. Einhorn's $11 billion Greenlight Capital increased its stake in Consol...

  • May 15- Some of the top U.S. hedge fund investors and activists, including Jana Partners LLC took new positions or raised their equity stakes in fast food chain McDonald's Corp during the first quarter, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Highfields Capital Management LP raised its stake more than 1,000 percent to 9.8 million shares, valued at about...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund management firms, including Dan Loeb's Third Point LLC and Farallon Capital Management, trimmed some of their equity exposure in eBay Inc, but kept high positions in the e-commerce company's shares during the first quarter, according to regulatory filings. MD Sass Investors Services Inc liquidated its position in eBay,...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund management firms, including Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors and Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management, continued to reduce or slash stakes altogether in Apple Inc during the first quarter, as shares of the iPhone maker rallied. David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital also cut its exposure in Apple during the first quarter,...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund managers increased their stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd at the end of the first quarter, positioning themselves to take advantage of any upswing after the Chinese e-commerce company's stock took a beating after a surprise revenue miss in January. Soros Fund Management LLC, Tiger Global Management LLC, Viking Global...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund management firms, including Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors and Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management, continued to reduce or slash stakes altogether in Apple Inc during the first quarter, as shares of the iPhone maker rallied. Omega Advisors sold all of its 383,790 shares in Apple during the first quarter, while Rothschild...

  • Daniel Loeb's Third Point dissolves stake in Alibaba Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 15- Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb's Third Point LLC exited its position in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd at the end of the first quarter, the same period during which the Chinese e-commerce company posted a surprise revenue miss that sent its shares plunging. Third Point's decision to slash its 10 million-share stake in Alibaba comes after the hedge...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund management firms, including Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors and Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management, continued to reduce or slash stakes altogether in Apple Inc during the first quarter, according to regulatory filings. Omega Advisors sold all of its 383,790 shares of the iPhone maker during the first quarter.

  • HSBC's ultra-rich unit to get new leader Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:17 AM ET
    Man walks past HSBC bank branch

    HSBC, one of the largest hedge fund investors in the world, has changed the leadership of a key private banking unit.

  • Crowdfunding in the oil patch   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 6:40 AM ET
    Crowdfunding in the oil patch

    Phil Racusin, EnergyFunders CEO, discusses why his company is financing drilling opportunities in small oil.

  • May 14- Hedge fund Magnetar Capital said Blackstone Group LP has bought a minority interest in it for an undisclosed sum. Magnetar, co-founded in 2005 by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, focuses on investing in corporate events, fixed income and energy. New-York based Blackstone has invested roughly $55 billion in hedge funds and has raised more than $2 billion for...

  • "I don't think the market is ready to see $80 to $90 oil in the short term," the manager of the $450 million London- based Andurand Capital told Reuters ahead of his speech at an industry conference in New York on the direction of oil. The decline, which started in June, was largely due to lower-than-expected demand growth, fewer supply disruptions with the recovery of...

  • Greenspan: Get ready for another taper tantrum Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 10:29 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve Chairman

    Another market disruption from higher interest rates is virtually certain, according to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

  • Carlyle's Rubenstein: Brazil best despite problems Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 5:24 PM ET
    A woman walks in a shopping district in Rio de Janeiro.

    Brazil is hardly a consensus target for international cash, but some are willing to be brave in spite of recent problems.

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- President Barack Obama addressed U.S. struggles with class and race in personal terms on Tuesday and renewed his call to close tax loopholes enjoyed by wealthy hedge fund managers as a way to reduce poverty among Americans. With police shootings of unarmed black men in the news and roughly a year and a half left in the White House to shape his...