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Bank of America Merrill Lynch reports hedge fund performance flat

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Bank of America Merrill Lynch research reveals that hedge funds were flat last week with long/short equity up the most with performance of 0.52% and the CTAs performing the worst, down 0.71%. The whole investable hedge fund composite index was up 0.06% as of August 1st.

Mary Ann Bartels, head of technical analysis, reports that the bank’s models indicate that Market Neutral funds market exposure fell to -2% from 5% net long while Equity Long/Short decreased market exposure to 24% from 26% net Long, remaining well below the 35-40% benchmark level. Bartels reports that Macros have gone long small cap and move flat commodities. "They remain short S&P 500, NASDAQ 100, 10-year Treasuries and EAFE. EM exposure is increased sharply and USD remains long" she writes.

CFTC data revealed significant hedge fund moves across the asset classes, Bartels reports. In equities, large specs sharply covered the S&P 500 and aggressively bought NASDAQ 100. They covered Russell 2000. In Agriculture, large specs bought corn and sold soybeans and wheat. Soybean stayed in a crowded net long; wheat remains in a crowded long and has the highest net long position since 2004. In Metals, large specs bought gold, silver, platinum and palladium. Gold and palladium positions are into the buy zo......................

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