A wrong-way bet on energy and resources has claimed its latest casualty.
According to CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino, Ospraie fund has informed investors that it’s closing up shop and giving money back to investors. It was a $4 billion fund at the beginning at the year and it's lost 38% so far.
It’s a pretty big blow to Lehman which owns 20% of Ospraie, Gasparino says. Ospraie is part of the business that Lehman is thinking about selling off. It’s surely going to put a crimp into that.
After hours Lehman shares slid 5% on the news.
That might explains some of the excessive commodities selling, muses Karen Finerman. (Remember, that's what sent shares of energy names such as Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Consol Energy all substantially lower.)
It wouldn’t surprise me if that's behind (Tuesday's big) sell-off, says Tesoro CEO Bruce Smith on Fast Money.
Is there a trade here?
Don’t be a hero, counsels Karen Finerman. I would not buy Lehman on the news.
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