Who Shall Live And Who Shall Die

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Brokerage firms, via the WSJ, get service-y today, dividing a bunch of so-called marquee hedge funds into two groups. The first is the A-team, and those listed have the lucky distinction of, besides receiving "perks such as stock research, trading data and introductions to executives of companies in which they might invest," being branded as firms which will probably not go under. So, high-five on that endorsement. They are:
* Brevan Howard Asset Management
* Bridgewater Associates
* Caxton Associates
* D.E. Shaw & Co.
* Duquesne Capital
* Elliott Management Corp.
* Eton Park Capital
* Galleon Group
* Highbridge Capital Management
* King Street Capital Management
* Kingdon Capital Management
* Marshall Wace Asset Management
* Millennium Partners
* Moore Capital Management
* Och-Ziff Capital Management
* Paulson & Co.
* Pequot Capital Management
* Renaissance Technologies
* SAC Capital Advisors
* Soros Fund Management
* Stark Investments
* Tudor Investment Corp.
* UBS-O'Connor
And then there's the B-team, whose participants are getting less leverage lovin,' and who have the unique opportunity to shock everyone by beating the prognostication that they won't be profitable enough for the banks' liking and/or "will fold." Among the two hundred names, a handful you might recognize:


*Citadel
*JWM Partners
*Glenview Capital
*Farallon Capital
*Perry Capital
*HBK Investments

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