The Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers

The Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers

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Wall Street’s elite money managers are also some of the best paid people in the financial realm. In 2011, the highest paid hedge fund managers earned a combined amount of $14.4 billion, according to CNBC. (STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Follow Kapitall on Twitter)

As large of an amount that is, it is actually lower than 2010's, which was over $22 billion. These best-performing managers on average provided returns in the double digits, in contrast to data from the Hedge-Fund Intelligence Composite Index revealing an average of over 2% loss for all managers.

Here is a list of the top five for 2011:

Steven Cohen is head of SAC Capital Advisors and has $14 billion in assets under management. He returned 8% to investors after fees, and earned $585 million for himself.

Kenneth heads the firm Citadel and has $11 billion in assets under management. He provided a 20% return in 2011, finally surpassing the 55% loss they took in 2008. He earned $700 million last year.

James Simons runs Renaissance Technologies, which has $20 billion under management. The firm’s equity fund returned about 34%, largely responsible for allowing Simons to make more than $2 billion last year.

Icahn Capital Management’s Carl Icahn heads the management of $7 billion in assets, and provided a 34.5% gross return last year. This allowed him to personally take $2.5 billion in income.

Raymond Dalio’s fund, Bridgewater Associates, manages a total of $120 billion in assets, while the hedge fund unit manages $70 billion. Dalio was able to make $3.9 billion for himself last year.

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These managers have been wildly successful in their investments, but are average investors able to make some of the same picks? Here is a list of stocks seeing net buying from institutional investors such as hedge fund managers over the last quarter. These stocks also have positive market sentiment, rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages. Do you think they will continue to see strong momentum?

List sorted by market cap.

 

Use the Turbo Chart to Compare the Performance of the First Two Companies in the List to the S&P 500:

 

“1. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Is the world's most popular search engine. Market cap at $211.67B. The stock is currently trading at 2.11% above its 20-Day SMA, 5.14% above its 50-Day SMA, and 10.96% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 9.7M shares, which represents about 3.77% of the company's float of 257.07M shares.

 

“2. Salesforce.com (CRM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides customer and collaboration relationship management (CRM) services to various businesses and industries worldwide. Market cap at $21.69B. The stock is currently trading at 2.43% above its 20-Day SMA, 11.20% above its 50-Day SMA, and 22.11% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.4M shares, which represents about 5.9% of the company's float of 125.48M shares.

 

“3. ASML Holding NV (ASML, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. Market cap at $20.53B. The stock is currently trading at 0.82% above its 20-Day SMA, 4.51% above its 50-Day SMA, and 21.50% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 17.8M shares, which represents about 4.3% of the company's float of 413.53M shares.

 

“4. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutritional products, and other nutritional products in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Market cap at $16.84B. The stock is currently trading at 0.62% above its 20-Day SMA, 4.92% above its 50-Day SMA, and 13.80% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.1M shares, which represents about 3.49% of the company's float of 203.22M shares.

 

“5. Banco Santander-Chile (SAN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Market cap at $15.46B. The stock is currently trading at 0.21% above its 20-Day SMA, 3.74% above its 50-Day SMA, and 5.73% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.4M shares, which represents about 12.5% of the company's float of 59.19M shares.

 

“6. CIGNA Corporation (CI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a health service organization. Market cap at $13.91B. The stock is currently trading at 1.95% above its 20-Day SMA, 6.26% above its 50-Day SMA, and 7.33% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 18.2M shares, which represents about 6.37% of the company's float of 285.67M shares.

 

“7. CompanhiaBrasileira de Distribuicao (CBD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a retailer of food products, clothing, home appliances, and other products through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, convenience stores, and the Internet in Brazil. Market cap at $12.93B. The stock is currently trading at 4.62% above its 20-Day SMA, 7.23% above its 50-Day SMA, and 23.57% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 9.1M shares, which represents about 9.73% of the company's float of 93.55M shares.

 

“8. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (REGN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, and commercializes pharmaceutical products for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States. Market cap at $11.55B. The stock is currently trading at 4.17% above its 20-Day SMA, 12.22% above its 50-Day SMA, and 70.67% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 3.6M shares, which represents about 5.04% of the company's float of 71.44M shares.

 

“9. M&T Bank Corp. (MTB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as the holding company for M&T Bank and M&T Bank, National Association that provide commercial and retail banking services to individuals, corporations and other businesses, and institutions. Market cap at $10.91B. The stock is currently trading at 0.51% above its 20-Day SMA, 4.29% above its 50-Day SMA, and 11.98% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 4.2M shares, which represents about 3.64% of the company's float of 115.37M shares.

 

“10. LinkedIn Corporation Class A Co (LNKD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates an online professional network. Market cap at $10.85B. The stock is currently trading at 7.75% above its 20-Day SMA, 16.68% above its 50-Day SMA, and 27.48% above its 200-Day SMA. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 21.8M shares, which represents about 44.93% of the company's float of 48.52M shares.

 

 

(Written by Danny Guttridge)

 

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