NEW YORK (Reuters) -Hedge funds AQR and Citadel posted rises in their flagship portfolios last month that outpaced the broader stock market’s double digit losses.
Citadel’s multi-strategy Wellington fund had a modest rise in May and now boasts gains of 13% for the year.
Ken Griffin’s Citadel told investors that the fund inched up 0.23% in May when the S&P 500 index ended flat. May’s small increase follows a more robust 7.45% gain in April when the S&P tumbled nearly 9%.
The S&P was off 13.3% in the first five months of 2022.
Citadel Equities is up 6.46% for the first five months of the year, while the firm’s Global Fixed Income fund is up 14.35% and its Tactical Trading portfolio has risen 9.85% since January, Griffin said.
A spokesman for the firm declined further comment.
Citadel manages $51 billion in assets and its gains place the firm’s portfolios in sharp contrast to those of many other hedge funds, including Tiger Global – one of the industry’s biggest firms.
AQR’s Absolute Return is up 43.3% in the year, inking a gain of 5.5% last month, as the fund has benefited from the current macro environment.
The firm’s Equity Market Neutral hedge fund has comfortably beaten the S&P in May, up 13.2% in the month. Its return in the year is positive 52.5%. AQR has $117 billion in assets under management.
The HFRX Equity Hedge Index fell 3.31% in the first five months of 2022, according to data provider Hedge Fund Research.
(Reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Carolina Mandl; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise, Bernard Orr)