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Carl Icahn Joins Bill Ackman In Bet On Fannie And Freddie

Forbes

June 3, 2014, by Nathan Vardi

Carl Icahn appears to have joined the hedge fund party that is trying to make a fortune off of the resuscitation of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government sponsored enterprises that were bailed out during the financial crisis and placed into conservatorship.

 Icahn took a $50 million position in Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac in March by buying common stock from Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Funds. Icahn bought 6.8 million shares of Fannie Mae for $4.03 per share and 5.7 million shares of Freddie Mac for $4.04 per share, according to a court document that was reported by The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Berkowtiz, who bet early and big on Fannie and Freddie, not only gets to book a nice gain on the shares he sold to Icahn, but he potentially also gets an ally in his effort to make outsized gains from his continued large position in both the common and preferred shares of the GSEs.

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