Since the Feb. 8 regulatory filings, Total has fallen about 1 percent as markets slumped. Airbus, BNP Paribas, ING Groep and Banco Santander have sunk roughly 2 percent."
David vs. Goliath: Question is: Who is "David"?
Allianz is buying 2times more stocks back until June 30 2018 as Bridgewater is shorting right now.
(Special Thanks to trader https://www.tradingview.com/u/mueller11111/ giving latest news about TOTAL SA 5 bn. Euro stock repurchase program)
6,3 Mrd. Euro: Germany
3,0 Mrd. Euro: Italien
1,2 Mrd. Euro: IBEX35 Werte
1,4 Mrd. Euro: AEX: ING/ASML/Philips/Unilever
1,1 Mrd. Euro: TOTAL SA
0,7 Mrd. Euro: Sanofi
0,6 Mrd. Euro: BNP
0,3 Mrd. Euro: Airbus
0,5 Mrd. Euro: AXA
15,1 Mrd. Euro or 18.57 Bn Dollar.
Source NL shorts: https://www.iex.nl/Column/275064/Er-zit-een-dikke-shorter-in-de-AEX.aspx,3
Source IBEX 35 shorts: https://www.elconfidencial.com/mercados/2018-02-06/ray-dalio-1200millones-bajistas-santander-bbva-ibex_1517520/
Source: Italien https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-01/bridgewater-triples-wagers-against-italian-firms-to-3-billion
Source quadruples shorts: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-09/ray-dalio-bridgewater-quadruples-shorts-on-european-union-stocks
Source other shorts, Airbus: https://twitter.com/srussolillo/status/961876996618792966
FT front page - Bridgewater “We'll probably have a much bigger shakeout coming"
DAX vs. BRIDGEWATER
Bridgewater Takes Short Bet Against Europe Stocks to $14 Billion
Quote: "The world’s biggest hedge fund isn’t done betting against European equities." https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/bridgewater-takes-short-bet-against-europe-stocks-to-14-billion
Ray Dalio: 'Risks of a recession' are rising
Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio says in a LinkedIn blog post that the Federal Reserve's response to better-than-expected economic data and more fiscal spending may lead to an economic slowdown.
"What we do know is that we are in the part of the cycle in which the central banks' getting monetary policy right is difficult and that this time around the balancing act will be especially difficult," he writes.
The firm manages about $160 billion, according to its website.
$160 billion hedge fund exec: 'We’ll probably have a much bigger shakeout coming'
The euro area economy maintained a healthy growth pace at the end of last year, paving the way for another robust performance in 2018.
U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected, sparking fears over inflation. The Consumer Price Index increased 0.5 percent in January.
Volatility in the region followed the much-anticipated U.S. inflation data, which came in above expectations. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/14/europe-markets-seen-higher-amid-earnings-and-economic-data.html
Italian election’s biggest winner is Europe
Bridgewater Triples Bets Against Italian Firms to $3 Billion
Hedge fund firm raises bet against Intesa, shorts Atlantia
Bridgewater raises short positions ahead of national elections
It's Dalio Versus Everyone Else as Money Flows to Europe
I’m surprised. That’s a big bet. Dalio and his team are very confident,” said Rick Herman, managing director of asset allocation who helps oversee about $30 billion at BB&T Institutional Investment Advisors Inc. “That’s definitely out of consensus. European stocks are cheaper, and they also have stronger earnings growth.”
„Investors staged a near-record exodus from US stocks in February
Funds that focus on U.S. stocks saw investors withdraw $41.1 billion in February, according to market data firm TrimTabs.
The total was the third-largest ever and came during a month when the Dow industrials lost about 4 %“ https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/06/investors-staged-a-near-record-exodus-from-us-stocks-in-february.html