Apollo Metals Hedge Fund Closed

Apollo Metals Hedge Fund Closed

Apollo Management to Close $40 Million Metals Hedge Fund

Apollo Management, the private equity and hedge fund firm led by Leon Black, has decided to close down its $40 million metals hedge fund.  The Apollo Metals Trading Fund was launched in March 2009 and traded precious and industrial metals and mining equities.  Commodity trading funds have had a tough year, falling 5.3% on average in the first half of 2010.
The New York-based firm put $40 million into the Apollo Metals Trading Fund, which started in March 2009, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. An outside spokeswoman for the firm declined today to say why Apollo shut the fund or to give the number of fund employees.
The fund traded industrial and precious metals and mining equities, Apollo said in the March 22 SEC filing. Mark Thompson, the fund’s manager, left the company in June.
Hedge funds investing in commodities fell 5.3 percent on average in 2010’s first half after last year’s drop, according to figures from Hedge Fund Research Inc. An index of the six main industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange slid 12 percent in the half as immediate-delivery gold rose 13 percent.
Apollo hired Greg Beard in June from Riverstone Holdings LLC as a senior partner focusing on commodities, according to one of the two people. Riverstone is a New York-based private- equity firm focusing on energy and power that managed about $17 billion as of June, its website shows.  Source

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