Opalesque Industry Update - Early estimates indicate the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (“Broad Index”) extended its positive performance into October, gaining 1.34% for the month (based on 67.12% of assets in the index reporting).|
Key highlights for the month:
- Managed Futures funds were among the top performers this month finishing up 3.46%. Performance in the space was largely led by long positions and bull spreads in corn, wheat and sugar, all of which benefited from strong rallies throughout the month.
- Equity-focused managers also experienced positive performance due in part to the decrease in overall equity market correlations in October. Long/Short Equity managers finished up 1.75% for the month, bolstered by long positions in the Technology, Communications, and Media sectors. On the other hand, Dedicated Short managers with short positions in small/mid cap stocks were negatively impacted, as several deals and rumors of takeovers caused shorted targets to rally.
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