The observant Kate Taylor noticed that Stevie Cohen’s hedge fund, SAC, had sold it’s position in Sotheby’s by the end of June. Cohen clearly made a good profit but the sale was premature with the stock traading above $19 in recent weeks which would have been up another 30% or more from June:
[R]ecent S.E.C. filings show that, as of the end of June, SAC Capital had sold all of its Sotheby’s stock. A spokesman for SAC Capital, Jonathan Gasthalter, declined to comment on why SAC sold the stock. Whatever the reason, it was likely at a profit. The fund acquired its Sotheby’s stake between September and April, a period in which the auction house’s stock was battered by the financial crisis and a shrinking art market. The share price was below $10 for much of that period, down from a high of $61.40 at the end of the boom. This spring, the stock rebounded somewhat – it was $14.48 a share on June 30, so SAC’s sale of its roughly four million shares was likely to have netted several million dollars.
Art Collector’s Hedge Fund No Longer Holds Sotheby’s Stake (Arts Beat/NY Times)