Is David Einhorn's Secret 'Fiscal Cliff' Bet Blowing Up?
In the fourth quarter, Einhorn's Greenlight Capital portfolio fell over 3%, damping returns for 2012 to just 3.4%, underperforming the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Notably, stocks in Greenlight's short portfolio rose roughly 10% in the fourth quarter, significantly outperforming index gains and hitting the fund's overall performance.
"The losses in the short portfolio were broad-based; while the S&P 500 was down modestly in the quarter, our average short rose about 10%. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was the worst offender, with a 74% advance that wiped out our 2012 profits on the position," Einhorn wrote in a Jan. 23 investor letter. He made no mention of short positions in Martin Marietta or Moody's, which Einhorn disclosed in 2012.
Still, as Einhorn hits airwaves and investor conferences to promote a long bet on Apple and other highly watched trades like a seemingly well-timed short position on Chipotle Mexican Grill(CMG) , it might be time for him to address recent trades like Martin Marietta.
Meanwhile, Einhorn may yet play a role in the debate over whether ratings agencies can be held liable for wrongheaded pre-crisis opinions.
Jonathan Gasthalter, a media spokesperson for Einhorn at public-relations firm Sard Verbinnen, declined to comment on whether Greenlight Capital continues to hold a short position in Martin Marietta.
-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York