Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted gains to begin 2013 as investors responded to near term settlement of many of the issues surrounding the US fiscal cliff on the final trading day of 2012. Equity gains were broad based across regions, with leadership from the US, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Argentina, while Energy & Oil Service, Technology & Biotechnology s led gains across sectors. US treasury yields rose across all maturities as the 30 year yield rose above 3 percent; Germany, France & UK also saw rising yields, although yields declined across Spain, Japan & Italy. The US dollar gained against the Japanese Yen, Euro & Swiss Franc, while falling against the Euro. Energy & Metals commodities rose led by Oil & Platinum, while gains in Agricultural commodities were let by Coffee, Corn & Cocoa. |
The HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gained +1.11% MTD through January 21, 2013, with positive contributions led by Equity Hedge strategies.
• HFRU Equity Hedge Index gained +1.74% MTD through January 21, with positive contributions from exposure to Financials & Emerging Markets with concentration in China, Emerging Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
• HFRU Macro Index gained +0.70% MTD through January 21, from Global Macro and Systematic strategies with exposure to large cap equities, Emerging Markets and currencies.
• HFRU Relative Value Index gained +0.68% MTD through January 21, with contributions from Convertible Arbitrage, Commodity and Yield Alternative strategies.
• HFRU Event Driven Index gained 0.10% MTD through January 21, from exposure to global Special Situation equity, Merger Arbitrage and Credit strategies.
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