Michael Steinberg Wasn’t Sure Steve Cohen Would Be Thrilled To Hear He Was Insider Trading, Needed To Work Out The Pros And Cons FirstBy Bess Levin
Pro: Cohen gets concrete evidence we’re working our tails off. Con: He rips our throats out for implicating him in the crime. Pro: His lips say “tell me.” Con: His eyes say, “keep your mouth shut.” Pro: I can maybe cut a deal with the prosecutors some day. Con: I may be driven out to the docks.
Cohen’s top lieutenant, Michael Steinberg, on trial for insider trading in Manhattan federal court, and his research analyst Jon Horvath debated what to tell the mega-investor about the inside information they had on Dell, Horvath testified Monday. The analyst’s inside information on Dell indicated the company would miss analysts’ estimates when it reported earnings in August 2008. That differed from the positive view others at the hedge-fund giant had on Dell, which led SAC and Cohen to take a big long position in the stock. In an email to Horvath on Aug. 25, Steinberg, a portfolio manager, wrote that he hadn’t mentioned any of Horvath’s Dell information to Cohen and that “I’d like to properly weigh the risk-reward of doing so.”