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Investing Private Equity

  • July 3- Activist investor Jana Partners LLC disclosed a 5.8 percent stake in natural gas producer EQT Corp on Monday and urged the company to abandon its $6.7 billion buyout of rival Rice Energy Inc.. "EQT seeks to maintain an open dialog with investors and respects their opinions and perspectives," EQT spokeswoman Natalie Cox said in a statement.

  • July 3- Activist investor Jana Partners LLC disclosed a 5.8 percent stake in natural gas producer EQT Corp on Monday and urged the company to abandon its $6.7 billion buyout of rival Rice Energy Inc.. EQT's shares gained 2 percent to $59.78, while shares of Rice Energy fell 3.7 percent to $25.65 in mid-day trading. Rice must pay EQT a breakup fee of $255 million if...

  • LONDON, July 3- Hedge fund managers had amassed a record number of short positions in petroleum futures and options by the start of last week, which primed the oil market for a sharp short-covering rally at the end of the month. Hedge funds and other money managers held short positions in the five major contracts on crude, gasoline and heating oil amounting to 510...

  • A TV crew films outside the Fairfax Media headquarters in Sydney, Australia, May 3, 2017.

    Australian newspaper publisher Fairfax Media ended talks with two U.S. private equity suitors.

  • Pedestrians walk along Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange.

    The pick-up in dealmaking reflects an environment where private equity firms face fierce competition for assets, Financial Times reports.

  • Tech changes can produce 'false comfort' warns Scott Sperling of THL Partners

    Scott Sperling,THL Partners co-president, provides insight to how rapid technological growth is changing the way businesses compete and why regulators need to change with it. Also Sperling weighs in on Uber's conundrum with Travis Kalanick.

  • *Follows six-year stint at Eton Park's London office. LONDON, June 29- A credit trader at the London office of Eric Mindich's $7 billion New York hedge fund, Eton Park, which said about three months ago that it was shutting down, is looking to open his own firm, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Singh worked for Eton Park for roughly six years after a...

  • Amazon well-positioned to continue growth: THL Partners' Scott Sperling

    The tradionial ways of looking at competition no longer work, says Scott Sperling, THL Partners co-president, weighing in on Amazon's impact on the retail sector and the outlook on e-commerce growth.

  • BOSTON, June 28- Dyal Capital Partners, the Neuberger Berman Group unit that buys minority stakes in hedge and private equity fund firms, has bought a piece of private credit and special opportunities investor Atalaya Capital Management, marking its third investment in three months. In April it bought stakes in TSSP, a global credit and credit-related...

  • LONDON, June 27- Oil prices have been rising gently during the past four trading sessions despite concerns about the continued rise in the U.S. rig count and enormous excess inventories. Front-month Brent futures prices are up by about $2 a barrel since touching a low of $44 on June 21, which could herald a break in the downtrend that had been in place since late May.

  • BOSTON, June 27- Hedge fund industry executive Anthony Scaramucci, an advisor to U.S. Scaramucci, a Republican fundraiser, has been working at the Washington- based bank since the middle of June and remains the Trump administration's choice for ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • LONDON, June 27- Oil prices have been rising gently during the past four trading sessions despite concerns about the continued rise in the U.S. rig count and enormous excess inventories. Front-month Brent futures prices are up by about $2 a barrel since touching a low of $44 on June 21, which could herald a break in the downtrend that had been in place since late May.

  • *Retailers comprise 5 of top 10 most shorted UK stocks. The risks were on full display on Tuesday when shares in Debenhams slid more than 3 percent to an eight-year low following a weak trading update and a warning on UK sales. Of the 10 most-shorted stocks in the UK, five M&S, Debenhams, Pets At Home and grocers Morrisons and Ocado are now in the retail sector, according...

  • China regulatory crackdown isn't sinister: Victor Chu

    China's recent regulatory crackdown has impacted some of the country's most acquisitive companies. Victor Chu, First Eastern Investment Group, weighs in.

  • LONDON, June 26- All hope abandon, ye who enter here, is the warning inscribed above the gate of Hell, according to the Italian poet Dante Aligheri. Hedge funds and other money managers appear to have entered their own special version of hell and abandoned all hope that OPEC will rebalance the oil market, slashing formerly bullish bets on crude futures and options.

  • June 26- New York- based hedge fund Paulson& Co on Monday reported a 6.3 percent stake in embattled Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. The disclosure comes a week after billionaire investor John Paulson, whose hedge fund firm is the biggest owner of Valeant, joined the company's board as it restructures to repay debt.

  • June 26- New York- based hedge fund Paulson& Co on Monday reported a 6.3 percent stake in Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc,. Paulson, who is Valeant's biggest stakeholder, had a 5.68 percent stake in the company as of March 31, according to Thomson Reuters data. Last week, billionaire investor John Paulson, joined the ailing drug company's board as...

  • NEW YORK, June 26- Hedge fund firm P. Schoenfeld Asset Management has bought a minority stake in CdR Capital, the two investment managers said in a statement on Monday. P. Schoenfeld, the $2.2 billion New York and London- based firm known as PSAM and led by Peter Schoenfeld, specializes in more traditional research-based investing as part of its core strategy of...

  • LONDON, June 26- All hope abandon, ye who enter here, is the warning inscribed above the gate of Hell, according to the Italian poet Dante Aligheri. Hedge funds and other money managers appear to have entered their own special version of hell and abandoned all hope that OPEC will rebalance the oil market, slashing formerly bullish bets on crude futures and options.

  • Sectors in China that could see a boost in M&A

    The health-tech, education technology and financial sectors could see an uptick in M&A, says Ryan Roberts, MCM Partners.