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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds report strongest first half of a calendar year: hedge fund news, week 26

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In the week ending July 12th 2019, HFR reported that hedge funds rose 5.7% from January through June, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc.'s asset-weighted index of managers. Funds posted broad gains "to conclude the strongest first half of a calendar year, with varied and wide range of leadership including equity, technology, M&A-focused, trend-following, quantitative and blockchain/cryptocurrency exposures," wrote HFR President Kenneth Heinz.

Also eVestment said hedge funds rebounded in June with aggregate industry performance of +2.42%, bringing year-to-date (YTD) average gains to +7.16%. Eurekahedge said hedge funds continued their positive performance with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaining 1.82% in June, supported by the strong equity market performance on the back of optimism over the progress of US-China trade talk. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +2.6% for June 2019, the strongest month since January, increasing the Index Value to 14,408, a record level according to data released by HFR.

CTA performance also keeps creeping higher as the weekly performance at the turn of the month was +1.1% according to the Lyxor CTA Peer Group, bringing the year-to-date performance to +9.6% as of July 2nd.

Further in performance news, Viking Global Investors posted strong gains in the second quarter and the first half of the year, thanks in part to explosive r......................

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