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Insider-Trading Arrests Open a Window on Hedge-Fund Culture

Insider-Trading Arrests Open a Window on Hedge-Fund Culture

Raj RajaratnamBy Barbara Kiviat, courtesy of TIME

On July 19, 2007, Google reported earnings that were lower than what analysts had expected, and the tech company’s stock price dropped 5% — but Raj Rajaratnam made $9 million. Allegedly, the New York hedge-fund manager had gotten a tip that Google’s earnings would be below expectations, so he was prepared with short positions and put options that would become more valuable as the stock price fell. The alleged source of the tip: an employee at an investor-relations firm that helped Google announce its earnings who wanted to be paid for similar informational gems in the future. 

If you didn’t already feel like a financial ingenue in the wake of last year’s Wall Street meltdown and Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, maybe the government’s latest insider-trading case will help put you over the top. Federal prosecutors have charged six people with conspiracy and securities fraud in a series of insider trades that allegedly netted more than $25 million in illegal profits. The defendants include higher-ups at two hedge funds as well as executives at Intel, IBM and the consulting firm McKinsey. Rajaratnam was arrested with the others on Oct. 16, but he promptly paid the $100 million bail so that he could return to work on Monday.

The case is being billed as the largest hedge fund insider-trading case in history — its importance underscored by the fact that the feds got a wiretap to collect evidence, a technique normally reserved for drug busts and organized crime. "This is a monumental step for the government," says Stetson University law professor Ellen Podgor. "This is not the typical way you do a white-collar case."

At issue are a number of purported information leaks, which — if the allegations are proven true — fall into a truly special category of brazenness. For example: a Moody’s bond-rating analyst sharing privileged information that the private-equity firm Blackstone was about to buy Hilton Hotels. A senior vice president at IBM handing over details of Sun Microsystems’s financials, which he had access to only because IBM was contemplating buying Sun. A managing director of Intel passing along the company’s revenue and profit numbers before they were publicly released and later asking his hedge-fund consort for a job with one of his "powerful friends."

Thanks to the FBI’s wiretap, the…
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Swing trading portfolio - week of July 24th, 2017

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Zero Hedge

"Apprehension": Main Events In Torrid Week Include Fed, GDP, Earnings And "Lots Of White House Risk"

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"Apprehension" - that's how Citi describes trader sentiment as a new week begins, in which the bank points to various event risks over the coming five days. The one markets are focusing on over say, the FOMC on Wednesday, is the political noise coming from Washington. The investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election is back in focus as President Trumps’ son-in-law testifies, along with Trump Jr and Paul Manafort later in the week. As such, risk sentiment seems apprehensive ahead of the inevitab...



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Tsunami to Hit Germany: Five Auto Companies Admit to Illegal Cartel

Courtesy of Mish.

Unmasking an Illegal Cartel 

The  German auto scandal just got much bigger according to a new report by the Spiegel.

Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Porsche colluded in all aspects of diesel technology.

Effectively, the five corporations acted as one via a series of secret working groups that met several times a year.

The Spiegel broke the story with its report on the Auto Syndicate Scandal.

The story is in German, and it’s also behind a pay wall. Eurointelligence has a nice Email report.

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Insider Scoop

Earnings Scheduled For July 24, 2017

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Companies Reporting Before The Bell
  • Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $970.25 million.
  • Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ: CALM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $317.67 million.
  • Halliburton Company (NYSE:...


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Weekly Market Recap Jul 23, 2017

Courtesy of Blain.

This past week represented so many of the weeks of 2017; slow action with a bit of an upward skew.   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday were sleeping – and minor gains Wednesday were offset by small losses Friday; in the end we had small gains for the week!  Rinse, wash, repeat.   For the week the S&P 500 added 0.5% and the NASDAQ 1.2%.  Sixty eight S&P 500 companies reported earnings this past week so that was the focus.

Fun fact:  Until Friday’s loss, the NASDAQ had a 10 day string of gains, matching its longest streak since Feb. 24, 2015.

The European Central Bank left key rates unchanged...



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Biotech

A new vaccine is promising to advance the frontier of eliminating malaria

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A new vaccine is promising to advance the frontier of eliminating malaria

Courtesy of Simon KariukiKenya Medical Research Institute

A malaria vaccine will be piloted in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to assess its suitability. Siegfried Modola/Reuters.

More than 30 malaria vaccine candidates are at various stages of development. The RTS,S vaccine is at t...



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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) Nears All-Time High on Spike Above Daily Chart Downchannel Resistance

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Bitcoin (BTC/USD) crushed shorts yesterday, smashing above the daily chart's downchannel resistance and soaring towards the all-time high around 3000. With yesterday's massive rally, the negative weekly MACD crossover has been proved a false signal.  Odds are quite good that a sustainable longer term BTC/USD bottom was found last week, especially with ETH/USD also strongly rebounding this past week.  Some consolidation can be expected today with daily RSI and Stochastics tiring, although with daily MACD just having positive...



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Why we need to act on climate change now

 

Why we need to act on climate change now

Interview with Jan Dash PhD, by Ilene Carrie, Editor at Phil’s Stock World

Jan Dash PhD is a physicist, an expert at quantitative finance and risk management, and a consultant at Bloomberg LP. In his thought-provoking book, Quantitative Finance and Risk Management, A Physicist's Approach, Jan devotes a chapter to climate change and its long-term systemic risk. In this article, Ilene interviews Jan regarding his thoughts on climate change and the way it can affect our futu...



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The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years

Courtesy of Jean-Luc

This would be excellent news for AAPL and GOOG to a lesser extent although not inconsequential:

The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years 

In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. What explains the growth? More people are spending more time and -- crucially -- more money in apps. While on average people aren't downloading many more apps, App Annie expects global app usership to nearly double to 6.3 billion people in the next five years while the time spent in apps will more than double. And, it expects the...



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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.

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EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

If EWZ b...



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