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Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains two per cent in February

Hedge funds gained two per cent in February, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge.

The index is up 1.59 per cent year to date.
“Improving investor sentiment fuelled by robust M&A activity and strong corporate earnings helped most global equity markets rebound in February, with the exception of China, Japan, and Russia,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.
For the second straight month, the Barclay Healthcare & Biotechnology Index led the way with a 5.01 per cent gain, and is up 11.19 per cent after two months of trading in 2014.
“Year to date, the healthcare equity sector of the MSCI World Index is its top performing sector with a gain of 7.3 per cent,” says Waksman.
The Technology Index was up 3.24 per cent in February, the Event Driven Index was up 2.91 per cent, Equity Long Bias gained 2.91 per cent, Distressed Securities were up 3.04 per cent, and European Equities added 2.59 per cent.
The Equity Short Bias Index was hit hard in February, losing 3.87 per cent for the month. The Global Macro Index was down 0.30 per cent.
The Barclay Fund of Funds Index gained 1.66 per cent in February, and now has a positive return of 1.40 per cent for the year.

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