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  • BOSTON, Oct 20- Shares in Alpha Bank surged more than 13 percent on Monday after hedge fund manager David Einhorn recommended betting on Greek banks and against French debt. Speaking at the annual Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York, Einhorn recommended going long Alpha Bank and Piraeus Bank with warrants and shorting French debt as a hedge, according to...

  • Hedge fund seeks board seats at Family Dollar Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted an $8.5 billion cash and stock buyout offer from fellow discounter Dollar Tree in July. Family Dollar said previously that regulators are less likely to raise antitrust concerns in a deal with Dollar Tree. Elliott Management said that Family Dollar missed a chance to get Dollar General and Dollar Tree into a bidding war.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- A former analyst at a San Francisco hedge fund who prosecutors say engaged in an "unparalleled" spree of tipping inside information he obtained from an executive at Foundry Networks Inc was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison. District Judge Robert Patterson in Manhattan to pay $653,890 in fines and forfeitures for his role in a...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- Short seller Carson Block, the founder of research firm Muddy Waters LLC who has exposed accounting problems at a slew of Chinese companies, said on Thursday that he is seriously considering launching a hedge fund investment firm. "We are more so than ever very seriously considering becoming a fund manager, but it would not be the same sort of Muddy...

  • Hedge funds bleed as AbbVie reconsiders Shire bid Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 15- Some of the world's best known hedge funds lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the value of the stock they hold as Shire plunged after AbbVie's decision to reconsider its $55 billion bid for the British healthcare group. Chicago- based AbbVie was eager to buy Shire to reduce its U.S. tax bill by moving its tax base to Britain. "It seems Abbvie is...

  • Women's retailer Ann signs NDA with Golden Gate Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 PM ET
    An Ann Taylor store on Fifth Avenue in New York.

    Ann said it had entered into a non-disclosure agreement with Golden Gate Capital, a month after some hedge funds pushed the company to sell itself.

  • Wall Street backs GOP horses—with loads of cash Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Elliott Management founder and CEO Paul Singer speaks during the SkyBridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas, May 9, 2012.

    Wall Street is spending more on the midterms than ever before—particularly in support of the GOP—but it's not from whom you might think.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he's getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds. Gillispie, who is waiting to see if he will face a new criminal trial, has...

  • PE still beating stocks: Report Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 1:26 PM ET
    Steve Judge

    Private equity returns continue to outpace stocks over the long term, according to a new report from an industry association.

  • Blackstone cuts controversial fees Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 2:08 PM ET
    Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO, The Blackstone Group, USA.

    One of the world's largest private equity firms is dropping a controversial type of fee it charges clients.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Managers of equity long/short funds cut their net exposure in September, a month during which markets pulled back on a rising dollar and questions over the timing of the Federal Reserve's next rate hike, Credit Suisse wrote in a note. The top 50 short positions within equity long-short funds returned an average of 5.9 percent through September,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Managers of equity long/short funds cut their net exposure in September, a month during which markets pulled back on a rising dollar and questions over the timing of the Federal Reserve's next rate hike, Credit Suisse wrote in a note. Short hedge funds returned an average of 5.9 percent through September, Credit Suisse wrote, on pace for 490 basis...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Oct 1- Goldman Sachs Group Inc has bought a 10 percent stake in hedge fund Caxton Associates, its third investment for its recently launched Petershill II fund, two sources familiar with the move said on Wednesday. Caxton and Goldman Sachs were not immediately available for comment. In addition to Caxton, Goldman Sachs has made investments with...

  • New debt crisis fear: Subprime auto loans Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Investigations into lending practices and concerns about the exits of investors have some warning that trouble could lie ahead.

  • How Hong Kong protests affect the big money Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 2:16 PM ET
    Student protesters chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets on September 30, 2014 in Hong Kong.

    Hedge funds and other big money managers in Hong Kong aren't panicking about the democracy protests sweeping the city.

  • BOSTON, Sept 30- Third Point LLC, the hedge fund run by Daniel Loeb that is known for pushing companies to perform better, has taken a "significant" stake in eBay Inc and has had discussions with its chief executive officer, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • BOSTON, Sept 30- Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb's Third Point LLC has taken a "significant" stake in online marketplace EBay Inc and had discussions with its chief executive officer, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The company announced earlier on Tuesday that it agreed to spin off its PayPal unit.

  • Bank of America Corp was recently questioned by U.S. regulators about the potential legal and reputational risks from the maneuver, the newspaper said, citing a spokesman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

  • 'Abundance' of PE opportunity in Europe: Pro     Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    Erik Hirsch, CIO of Hamilton Lane, says the pharmaceutical sector is an interesting opportunity for private equity.

  • Does private equity have an image problem?     Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    Erik Hirsch, CIO of Hamilton Lane, says private equity needs to be more transparent about how it goes about its business.