Some of the most important names within the hedge fund industry shared their high-quality guidelines for 2018 at the Sohn Investment Conference in London on Thursday.

Money managers from corporations including Lansdowne Partners and Och-Ziff Capital Management pitched each long and brief funding ideas, with technology, manufacturing, and commodities becoming habitual issues.

SMC Corporation — quick
David Craigen, head of Lansdowne Partners’ European Strategies fund, pitched traders a play on a decline in a Japanese mega stack. Craigen stated Lansdowne had been shorting Tokyo-headquartered pneumatic components dealer SMC Corporation for six years on the again of its questionable accounts and governance issues. He stated the commercial enterprise, with a $30bn marketplace capitalization, had problems so particular that there was no organization indexed in Europe with a comparable profitability hole. Craigen said Lansdowne had questions over the “appropriateness” of SMC’s auditor and the ongoing position of its founder and chairman, who is 91. However, SMC stock has returned 80% for investors this yr, Craigen stated.



Oil — lengthy
Pierre Andurand, a leader funding officer of Andurand Capital, said he become doubling down on his bullish stance on oil, notwithstanding 12 months of drawdowns amid sliding marketplace costs. He said oil prices will pass “a good deal better than consensus”, predicting crude could upward push to $eighty a barrel, notwithstanding it being the “least elegant” commodity in 2017. He attributed his conviction to exceptional boom in demand for oil, new oil discoveries being in any respect-time lows and a belief that international materials will height in 2020. He said the media’s bearish reporting of call for an increase in electric car markets had brought about a “terrible perception” of oil buying and selling, but capacity geopolitical risks such as infighting in Saudi Arabia, US sanctions on Iran and the following impact on Libyan and Nigerian manufacturing ought to lead to a drop in oil materials next 12 months. Andurand’s commodities fund changed into down 8.8% this year to the top of October, regardless of a positive month while it again 5%, in step with HSBC performance figures.

Evry — lengthy
Major Nordic IT corporation Evry is primed for boom notwithstanding a disappointing preliminary public providing this summertime, in keeping with Reade Griffith, founder of Polygon Global Partners. His fund is betting at the Oslo-primarily based organization “buying and selling at a top rate” over the subsequent 12 months at the back of a primary outsourcing deal with IBM, so one can allow Evry to promote its offerings to Google, Amazon Web Service, and Microsoft, and on its growing dominance inside the Norwegian and global financial offerings markets. Griffith said the agency’s IPO in June did no longer get the reception the organization wanted, however, “this one became forgotten, that’s the opportunity”. From making an initial list price of 29.Five Norwegian kroner in June, the employer’s stock price Nkr32.6 nowadays.

Pirelli — lengthy
Adrian Croxson, head of European equities for Och-Ziff Capital Management in London, said his fund was having a bet on the increase at Italian tire producer Pirelli, which controls around half of the tire marketplace. “We trust in tires,” he said, adding that “the rich are becoming richer”, leading to the boom in demand for large, more pricey vehicles. He added that the Chinese marketplace — the biggest tire market within the international — was now not slowing down, forecasting annual growth of 10% to fifteen%. At closing yr’s Sohn London Investment convention Croxson pitched a protracted play on Ryanair, which was due to the fact that yielded returns of 25%.

Pro7 — brief
German commercial TV station Pro7 is the point of interest of a quick selling role via European hedge fund Bodenholm Capital, in line with fund manager Per Johansson, at the back of converting customer conduct. Online offerings like Netflix and Amazon will damage commercial enterprise at conventional media organizations as younger viewers are turning faraway from conventional television in favor of online on-call for codecs, he said. “We now spend our time in the front of the TV in extraordinary approaches,” he said, adding the company turned into constrained via its “wrong content consciousness”, which had to grow to be a chief off-balance sheet legal responsibility. “All bets are off now,” he stated of Pro7’s latest control-stage departures. The business enterprise’s shares fell with the aid of round 2.4% on Thursday.

Infineon Technologies — long
Ross Turner, found the father of $5bn hedge fund Pelham Capital and a former Lansdowne fund supervisor, stated German chipmaker Infineon Technologies could get a boost from the growth in electric powered and self-reliant vehicles. The agency has sold chips to Elon Musk’s agency Tesla since it produced its first version and also will provide components for the expected Tesla Model 3, Turner stated. The organization has a marketplace cap of €25bn and has grown 9% during the last a long time in comparison with a market common of 6%, in line with Turner.

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