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On Tomorrow’s Secret Meeting To Plot The End Of High Frequency Trading | zero hedge

On Tomorrow’s Secret Meeting To Plot The End Of High Frequency Trading

On Tomorrow’s Secret Meeting To Plot The End Of High Frequency Trading | zero hedge

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Eric Mindich, Like John Paulson, Makes Gold ETF His Fund’s Biggest Holding

Eric Mindich, Like John Paulson, Makes Gold ETF His Fund’s Biggest Holding

Eric Mindich, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner who runs $13 billion hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management LP, followedJohn Paulson in making gold his biggest reported investment.
Eton Park bought 6.58 million shares of SPDR Gold Shares, an exchange-traded fund that tracks the price of bullion, in the second quarter, according to a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The investment was valued at $800.3 million as of June 30, making it the hedge fund’s biggest holding.
Paulson, who oversees $31 billion at New York-based hedge- fund firm Paulson & Co., was the largest holder of the fund, with 31.5 million shares valued at $3.43 billion as of March 31, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Hedge-fund managers such as George Soros and David Einhorn have been investing in bullion and stocks of gold miners amid the threat of inflation from higher government spending. Gold futures rose more than 12 percent this year to reach a record $1,266.50 an ounce on June 21.
Brendan McManus, a spokesman for New York-based Eton Park, declined to comment. Mindich, who was co-head of equities at New York-based Goldman, started his hedge fund in 2004 with $3.5 billion.
The firm also bought shares of Fidelity National Information Services Inc. and Apple Inc. in the second quarter.
Buying Morgan Stanley
Eton Park left unchanged its stake in Viacom Inc., its second-largest holding, at 13.5 million shares. New York-based Viacom is the owner of MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures.
Mindich’s fund increased its stake in Morgan Stanley during the second quarter by 10 million shares, bringing its holding to 15 million shares valued at $348.2 million at the end of June. The hedge fund also added to its holdings in Bank of America Corp. by buying 1.1 million shares in the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank, taking its stake to 21.1 million shares worth $303.3 million.
Eton Park cut its stake in Citigroup Inc. by 15 million shares, leaving the hedge fund with 60.5 million shares, according to the filing.
Financial companies were Eton Park’s biggest investments in the quarter, accounting for 25 percent of the $7.7 billion in reported holdings.
The SEC requires money managers who oversee more than $100 million in U.S. equities to report their holdings on a Form 13F within 45 days of the end of each quarter. The filing must include all holdings in stocks that trade on U.S. exchanges, as well as options and convertible debt.
To contact the reporter on this story: Saijel Kishan in New York at skishan@bloomberg.net;

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Blackstone’s Byron Wien Singlehandedly Refutes The Double Dip, Hilarity Abounds

Blackstone’s Byron Wien Singlehandedly Refutes The Double Dip, Hilarity Abounds
To all the bulls out there, we have a Wien-er just for you. In an essay that is basically a sequel to last week’s job application in a second-tier position in the administration by a Moody’s strategist and a Princeton economist (yes, yes, we know… oxymorons), the BlackStone head of something, Byron Wien, says the fututre for the market, the economy, and pretty much everything else is brighter than a nuclear bomb (incidentally one going off today would likely send the market into the greatest melt up in history). Lest there be any confuction what Byron’s view is: “My view is that the economy is going through a temporary lull and business conditions will improve later this year and in 2011.” At least Wien is honest: “In preparing this essay I used research from Goldman Sachs, Lord Abbett, Credit Suisse and International Strategy and Investments for arguments on both sides of the double-dip issue.” Mmhmm – that some serious “both sides” source list. And the piece de resistance: “The factors that argue against a resumption of the recession are the strong liquidity position of corporations which have 6% of their assets in cash, a level not seen since the 1960s, and the fact that both housing and autos are at low levels of production and not likely to drop further.” Over the weekend we will present an extended analysis finally putting to rest the inane argument that corporations are flush with cash: while true on a gross basis, the net level of cash vs debt, and especially vs equity, is at one of the worst levels in history. This ongoing childish avoidances of the liability side of the corporate balance sheet must stop and someone has to finally shut up these so called sophisticated economists and their endless lies.  Feel free to print out two copies of the attached Wien essay: we hear his work “product” is much better in two ply format.
  h/t FMX Connect

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The MasterBlog: "It’s Not A Market, It’s An HFT ‘Crop Circle’ Crime Scene" – Further Evidence Of Quote Stuffing Manipulation By HFT | zero hedge

The MasterBlog: “It’s Not A Market, It’s An HFT ‘Crop Circle’ Crime Scene” – Further Evidence Of Quote Stuffing Manipulation By HFT | zero hedge