Billionaire investor Dan Loeb's firm made almost $400 million betting on a post-election stock surge, report says
- A bullish bet on
stocksjust before the presidential election helped Daniel Loeb's Third Pointrake in nearly $400 million in profits, according to a report from the Financial Times.
- Loeb positioned Third Point's fund to gain from any upside move in the
markets, which quickly materialized after the November 3 election, as it removed a bout of uncertainty from the markets.
- Third Point, which has $13.5 billion in assets, experienced a 4.3% performance surge between November 1 and November 4, according to FT.
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Citing regulatory filings and an investor letter from the $13.5 billion hedge fund, the FT estimates that Third Point gained almost $400 million via a bullish positioning in stocks prior to the election, even as other investors were bracing for potential chaos.
Third Point's gains were likely juiced further on Monday after Pfizer and BioNtech announced positive data results from its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which sent stocks flying even higher.
Loeb told clients of Third Point weeks ago that he maintained his exposure to stocks even as election day loomed, according to a letter seen by the FT. Loeb further expanded in a video call with investors that he "was not overly worried about the effect of the election on markets," the FT reported.
According to the FT, many hedge fund managers had strayed away from making bets on the outcome of the November 3 election following the 2016 election of Donald Trump, which led to a surge in stocks despite consensus that a Trump win would be bad for markets.
Between November 1 and November 4, Third Point gained 4.3% as investors cheered the election of Joe Biden with a restrained agenda due to likely Republican control of the Senate.
It's unknown how Third Point has performed since November 4, but some of its largest holdings like Prudential and Walt Disney have performed well amid news of a successful COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, the FT observed. More insight into those positions during the third-quarter will likely be revealed soon, as managers begin too file 13-F reports.
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