Ebix Inc. just announced its third 3 for 1 split since 2008. It was a 2 for 1® stock from 2010 to mid-2012. We’ll be analyzing Ebix to determine its suitability for a return to the 2 for 1 Index.
Home BancShares (HOMB) announced another 2 for 1 split on Thursday. HOMB returned 80% in its 32 months in the 2 for 1 Index® and was just removed from the Index this January. HOMB will be analyzed carefully over the coming months to determine if it will be re-introduced into the 2 for 1 Index for a second go-round.
As the 2 for 1 Index® hits a new intraday high of 955.59, Alliant Energy (LNT), a gas and electric utility in Wisconsin, announced a 2 for 1 split on 4/20/16 to be paid on 5/19. This split announcement is only the second 2 for 1 split this year, and comes only after the very small bank, Greene County Bancorp (GCBC) announced back on 2/17.
The 2 for 1 Index® had a great quarter, finishing up 5.05% vs. the S&P500 Index, up 0.77%. We are 1/4 through 2016. Where would your rather be to start the next three quarters?
…more hedge funds closed their doors in 2015 than at any time since the financial crisis, as turbulent markets dragged down the industry’s performance. According to data from Hedge Fund Research, last year was the worst period for liquidations since 2009, with 979 funds closing, up from 864 in 2014. The fourth quarter of 2015 also saw the fewest new hedge funds starting up since 2009, with just 183 openings compared to 269 in the third quarter.
Text copied from SeekingAlpha.com’s “Wall Street Breakfast” 3/18/16