Reuters Right Now Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:38:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Factbox: The A-Z of 13Fs Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:31:57 +0000 By Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Samuel Forgione

The so-called 13Fs are highly-anticipated hedge fund SEC disclosures that give a glimpse into what fund managers saw as investment opportunities – though they are backward-looking, coming out 45 days after the end of each quarter.

During the second quarter of this year, Dan Loeb’s Third Point took a new stake of 3 million shares in video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc.

Octogenarian investor Carl Icahn, whose stock investments still create a buzz on Wall Street nearly 50 years after he first got into the business, made a new bet on Allergan, according to regulatory filings.

Daniel S. Loeb, founder of Third Point LLC, participates in a panel discussion during the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada May 9, 2012. SALT brings together public policy officials, capital allocators, and hedge fund managers to discuss financial markets. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS HEADSHOT) - RTR31UE6

Daniel S. Loeb, founder of Third Point LLC, participates in a panel discussion during the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada May 9, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Icahn who invests his personal fortune estimated by Forbes to be roughly $17 billion largely kept his portfolio unchanged, reporting no change on his investments in Cheniere Energy, Freeport-McMoRan and Herbalife during the second quarter.

But he did make one significant addition when he bought 3.4 million shares of drug maker Allergan, valued at $785.7 million.

Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York February 11, 2014.  Icahn has backed off from his campaign urging Apple to increase its stock buybacks, citing the company's recent repurchases as well as an influential proxy adviser's call against his proposal.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS MEDIA) - RTX18MUH

Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto show in New York February 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid


In addition to being backward-looking, the filings do not disclose short positions, or bets that a stock will fall. As a result, the public filings do not always present a complete picture of a management firm’s stock holdings.

The following are some of the hot stocks in which hedge fund managers either took new positions or exited/scaled back existing stakes in the second quarter:





Baupost Group increased its stake by 16 percent to 2 million shares

Appaloosa increased stake by 981,700 shares to 1.3 million shares

Third Point cut its stake by 100,000 shares to 4.9 million shares

Jana Partners sold entire stake of 446,893 shares

Omega Advisors increased its stake by 109,947 shares to 671,212 shares


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Coatue nearly cut its stake in half to own 308,134 shares.

Tiger Global Management increased stake by 421,887 shares to 1.5 million shares



The airline company that lost 31 percent during the quarter had some significant supporters with Peak6 Investments boosting its stake by 250 percent after  buying an additional 799,965 shares.



Third Point took new stake of 2.7 million shares



Third Point sold entire stake of 3 million shares



Omega Advisors sold entire stake of 227,000 shares

Tiger Global Management cut stake by 4.3 million shares to 1.4 million shares


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Appaloosa sold its entire stake of 7 million shares

Jana Partners sold its entire stake of 750,000 shares



Baupost Group took a new stake in the bank, buying 5.1 million shares.

Omega Advisors took a new stake of 828,318 shares



Third Point took a new stake of 2.7 mln shares

Jana Partners took a new stake of  8.2 mln shares



Carlson Capital doubled its stake to own 2.7 million in the energy company as its shares climbed 32 percent.



Third Point cut stake by 5 million shares to 20 million shares

Omega Advisors cut stake by 221,079 shares to 2 million shares



Specialty pharmaceutical company Endo International lost 44 percent in value during the quarter but some investors stuck by them.  Blue Mountain Capital more than doubled its holding to own 199,193 shares at the end of the quarter. Sachem Head Capital Management liquidated its position, selling 2.4 million shares.



Hoplite Capital Management cut the social media company by roughly 18 percent to 1 million shares. Coatue Management cut its stake by 25 percent to 4.2 million shares.

Third Point took a new stake of 3.8 million class A shares

Appaloosa sold entire stake of 1.6 million class A shares

Omega Advisors trimmed stake by 136,900 class A shares to 322,400 class A shares


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Appaloosa cut stake by 993,898 shares to 1.4 million shares



Coatue Management exited its position, selling 1.7 million shares



Jana Partners took a new stake of 4.1 million shares



The largest publicly traded U.S. hedge fund company got some new investors as it struggled to put a U.S. Justice Department bribery probe to rest. Kerrisdale Advisers bought 961,845 shares while Baupost Group bought 3.4 million shares



Twin Capital, a big owner already, upped its stake modestly by adding 22,520 to own 304,740 shares



Jana Partners cut its holdings by 20 percent to own 6.9 million shares.

Omega Advisors cut stake by 223,100 shares to 1.5 million shares



The snack food maker where activist investor Nelson Peltz has been on the board tried to make a takeover bid for Hershey Co. in the second quarter. Capital Fund Management sold all 1,001,665 shares. Stillwater Investment Management sold all of its 367,400 shares while  Breton Hill exited  by selling 35,633 shares. MD Sass Investors Services sold all of its 113,400 shares.



Folger Hill Asset Management bought 135,000 shares to own 205,000 shares of the online video company

Omega Advisors took a new stake of 372,500 shares

Tiger Global Management sold entire stake of 18 million shares


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Coatue Management doubled its holdings to 8.9 million shares



Tiger Global Management cut stake by 5.4 mln class A shares to 1.2 mln class A shares



Farallon added a new position with 4.6 million shares, making it one of the firm’s biggest as the company surged 42 percent in the second quarter. Carlson Capital initiated a new position, buying 2 million shares.



Former Farallon executive Bill Duhamel’s Route One Investment Company exited the company, selling 561,720 shares. Sachem Head exited the position, selling 695,000 shares. Farallon exited by selling 3.8 million shares. Third Point sold entire stake of 1.2 million shares, while Jana Partners sold entire stake of 2.2 million shares



Jana Partners took new stake of 5 million shares, sending shares jumping 6 percent on the news on Monday.



Third Point sold entire stake of 1.5 million class A shares



Hoplite Capital Management doubled its stake to 465,089 shares



Okumus Fund Management, already a big owner, raised its stake by 13 percent to own 4.2 million shares


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Activist hedge fund Jana Partners more than halved its position to own 4.6 million shares



The energy infrastructure company saw its stock price jump 35 percent in the second quarter, benefitting holders like Soroban Capital Partners which kept its holding steady at 21 million shares.  Adage Capital Partners bought 3.7 million shares, raising the firm’s holdings to 4.7 million shares. Senator Investment Group added a new position, buying 4.8 million shares.



Third Point cut stake by 3 million shares to 2.5 million shares

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Who is Harriet Tubman and why is she on my $20 bill? Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:48:25 +0000 What’s happened?

The $20 bill is getting a facelift and long-dead U.S. President Andrew Jackson will have to find a new home.

Jackson’s likeness (complete with well-coiffed hair) will soon be replaced with an image of Civil War abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Tee-shirt vendor Casildo Caballero looks at the new $20 bill in New York, October 9, 2003 after federal officials spent the first one buying three shirts from him, in Times Square. The first U.S. currency note with colors in it other than green and black went into circulation on Thursday and in a nationwide promotion billed "The New Color of Money: Safer, Smarter, More Secure" government officials said the newly-designed $20 note with subtle background shades of green, peach and blue would be more difficult to counterfeit. REUTERS/Chip East CME/GN - RTR4LH8

Tee-shirt vendor Casildo Caballero looks at the $20 bill in New
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But who is Harriet Tubman?

Tubman was an anti-slavery crusader best known for her role as a ‘conductor’ of the Underground Railroad.

This was a network of helpers, safe houses and secret paths that allowed many slaves to escape to ‘free states’ in the 1850s.

Born into slavery in 1822 on a Maryland plantation, Tubman grew up working in the cotton fields.

She escaped in her late 20s – and then returned approximately 13 times, ferrying more than 70 enslaved African Americans to freedom.

In the U.S. Civil War, she supported the Union forces as a scout, spy and nurse.

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman is seen in a picture from the Library of Congress taken photographer H.B. Lindsley between 1860 and 1870.  The U.S. Treasury has decided to replace former President Andrew Jackson with Tubman on the U.S. $20 bill, and will put leaders of the women's suffrage movement on the back of $10 bill, Politico reported on Wednesday.  REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX2AVQ2

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman is seen in a picture from the Library of Congress taken by photographer H.B. Lindsley between 1860 and 1870. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters


Why is she on the $20 bill?

Tubman is regarded as one of the United States’ leading abolitionists, struggling for civil rights and the end of slavery and putting her own life at risk time and again. President Barack Obama called her an ‘”American hero,” in a 2013 proclamation that created the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument.

The decision to put Tubman on the bill comes after a long debate. The Treasury originally said that a woman take over the $10 bill from founding father Alexander Hamilton, but Hamilton’s growing celebrity status — due largely to a Broadway musical about his life — propelled an effort to keep him there.

The $10 bill will now stay unchanged and Tubman’s $20 will be the first U.S. paper currency wearing a female face in more than a century.


And if that isn’t enough, her recruitment is served up with a helping of cosmic justice

Twitter users shared an anecdote from Tubman’s first biographer Sarah Hopkins Bradford.

In Bradford’s story, Tubman asked a prominent abolitionist for funds to rescue her father, who was on trial for helping slaves to escape. When she was refused, Tubman staged a sit-in to raise the money.

The sum she was after? Twenty U.S. dollars.


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Twitter Collection: FIFA presidential election Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:56:50 +0000 Soccer’s world governing body FIFA now has a new president at its helm as Gianni Infantino replaces Sepp Blatter.

Here’s the action on Twitter:

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Twitter collection: Cruz fires spokesman over misleading ad about Rubio Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:14:08 +0000 In a campaign shake up late Monday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced that he asked for the resignation of his spokesman, Rick Tyler. The issue at hand was a campaign ad that falsely showed rival Marco Rubio dismissing the Bible. Tyler apologized on Sunday for posting an “inaccurate story,” but Cruz wasted no time in firing him the next day. Cruz’s main opponent, Donald Trump, also wasted no time in taking to Twitter to draw attention to the issue and bash Cruz over the dishonesty– and Trump isn’t the only voice setting Twitter ablaze over the story. Here’s a look:


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Twitter Collection: Sterling takes a pounding as Boris backs #Brexit Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:03:51 +0000 London Mayor Boris Johnson announced on Sunday he supported Britain leaving the European Union, dealing a blow to UK Prime Minister David Cameron who struck a deal to reform Britain’s EU relations last week.

Boris’s announcement, widely regarded as increasing the chance of a British EU exit, saw sterling on course for its biggest one-day loss against the dollar in 11 months. This is how Twitter reacted:

Our full Brexit coverage is here.

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Twitter Collection: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee dies Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:44:03 +0000 Twitter reacts to news of the death of Harper Lee, aged 89, who wrote one of America’s most beloved literary classics, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and who surprised readers 55 years later with the publication of a second book, “Go Set a Watchman” about the same characters:

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Twitter Collection: Pope vs. Trump Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:35:28 +0000 Twitter lit up at the news that Pope Francis said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “not Christian” because of his views on immigration.

Trump fired back by saying that the pope might wish Trump was president if Islamic State attacked the Vatican.

Many Twitter users responded with incredulity at the exchange.

User @ClayTravis tweeted: “The Pope insulting Donald Trump is the greatest thing that has ever happened to Donald Trump. He’s the Republican nominee. It’s finished.”

Some suggested that Trump’s response that no religious leader has the right to question another man’s faith was hypocritical, given a tweet by Trump last week when he questioned Ted Cruz’s credentials as an evangelical Christian.

Others responded to Pope Francis’s suggestion that a person who thinks about building walls rather than bridges is not Christian by posting photos of the walled enclave of Vatican City.

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Twitter Collection: Obama announces Cuba visit Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:02:53 +0000 Twitter had mixed reactions as President Barack Obama announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, the first U.S. presidential trip to the country in nearly 90 years and a symbol of thawing relations between the former Cold War foes:

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All you need to know: Apple vs. FBI Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:38:58 +0000 What’s happened?

A federal judge has ordered Apple to make it easier to access data on a phone recovered from one of the San Bernardino shooters – and Apple has said no.

It said that this would amount to creating a backdoor to the iPhone that doesn’t exist today and that could have “chilling” implications beyond breaking into one device.

Apple’s concern is that once a master key exists it would be able to unlock any device in someone’s possession, and it could then be used by hackers, criminals and governments.



A battle of this kind has been looming since 2014. That’s when Apple started making the iPhone with additional encryption the company couldn’t unlock itself.

Back then, Apple was working to prove itself as strict on privacy and customer security after leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance programs.

Ever since, it has said it’s no longer able to help law enforcement unlock newer models of customers’ iPhones.


What exactly did the FBI ask Apple to do?


The FBI wants to get into the phone of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers.

Farook, along with his wife Tashfeen Malik, was killed in a shootout with police after they killed 14 people in a shooting spree last December.


Syed Rizwan Farook is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the FBI, December 4, 2015. U.S.-born husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his spouse, Tashfeen Malik, 29, a native of Pakistan who lived in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years, died in a shootout with police hours after Wednesday's attack on a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.  REUTERS/FBI/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS -  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX1X9RG

Syed Rizwan Farook is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the FBI, December 4, 2015.REUTERS/FBI/Handout via Reuters


Investigators are looking into the couple’s links to radical Islamic groups and who they may have been communicating with before the attack.

One problem: The FBI can’t get into Farook’s phone without help.


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Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook speaks during a event for students to learn to write computer code at the Apple store in the Manhattan borough of New York December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


Judge Sheri Pym of U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ordered that Apple must provide “reasonable technical assistance” to investigators seeking to unlock data on Farook’s iPhone 5C.

Specifically, the court wanted Apple to build a new version of the iPhone operating system which could overcome major security features and install it on this phone.



What did Apple say back?  


Late on Tuesday evening Apple CEO Tim Cook published ‘A Message to Our Customers’.    



Cook thinks the FBI’s intentions are good – but their ask is too dangerous. 

He said that while the government may say the software’s use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee control over how this would be used or whose hands it could fall into.




Cook said the court order amounts to the government asking Apple to hack its own users, and it sets a dangerous precedent.

“We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack,” he said.     



Apple hasn’t said what it will do next but many think the most likely step is to file an appeal.


So why would an iPhone backdoor be such a big deal?

Apple says it uses encryption to protect customers’ personal data because it thinks it’s the only way to keep that information safe, to the extent of even putting it out of their own reach.

This is meant to protect customers from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals – and it also protects users from heightened government surveillance.

Apple’s battle over an iPhone backdoor is the most recent in a war over national security and encryption between tech companies and the U.S. government.

Last year, the White House abandoned a push for legislation that would mandate U.S. tech firms to allow investigators a way to overcome encryption protections, in the face of huge private sector opposition.

However, since the shootings in San Bernardino and Paris, the debate is looming large again.


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A man tests a mobile phone, an iPhone 6 by Apple in a shop in Munich, Germany, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle – RTX247EU


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Twitter Collection: Apple says no to FBI Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:39:10 +0000 Twitter reacts as Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company opposed a demand from a U.S. judge to help the FBI break into an iPhone recovered from one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Cook said that the demand threatened the security of Apple’s customers and had “implications far beyond the legal case at hand.” (


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