From Tesla's Bonds to Pandora's 'White Squire' -- The Best of Sohn 2017

The hedge fund world gathered once again in New York on Monday to drink energy juices and chat about investment ideas at the 22nd annual Sohn Investment Conference.

The crowd gathered as top activist investors, including Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, Keith Keister of Corvex and David Einhorn or Greenlight Capital, among other, launching new insurgency campaigns or expanding on existing ones.

Here's a run down of the top ideas presented at the conference with everything ranging from Tesla (TSLA) to Howard Hughes (HHC) to Investors Bancorp (ISBC)  . The confab has taken place annually since 1995, raising over $75 million to fight pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases. 

Here are some top tips: 

-- Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, says go long on the emerging market Exchange-Traded Fund, (EEM) , then short the S&P 500. 

-- Jericho Capital's Josh Resnick launches shorting campaign at Frontier Communications  (FTR) ; he thinks the telecom company's share price can go down to zero.

--  Brad Gerstner, Founder and CEO of Altimeter Capital is probably best known for his successful campaign at United Continental Holdings (UAL) . At Sohn, Gerstner said he was bullish on United Continental and the airline industry in general, in light of consolidation in recent years. "If you had a draw down in ticket prices today similar to [what happened in] 2008 the airline industry still makes money," said Gerstner. In April last year Altimeter and another fund settled with United to add three new directors onto the company's board. 

Read on for more investment ideas:

Corvex's Meister Eyes CEO Shakeup at CenturyLink-Level 3
Corvex's Meister Eyes CEO Shakeup at CenturyLink-Level 3
Corvex's Keith Meister

Activist investor Keith Meister of Corvex Management on Monday, May 8, launched a campaign urging CenturyLink (CTL)  and Level 3 Communications (LVLT)  to bring the top executives of both companies on board to run the combined company after they complete an ongoing $34 billion merger.

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Ackman Pitches Real Estate Development Business Howard Hughes
Ackman Pitches Real Estate Development Business Howard Hughes
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman

Embattled activist investor Bill Ackman on Monday made a pitch to hedge fund managers to follow him and invest in real estate developer Howard Hughes  (HHC)  arguing that the investment in the so-called "master planned community" company could one day be as successful as one made by billionaire Donald Bren.

 
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Social Capital's Palihapitiya Pitches Tesla To Hedge Fund Managers
Social Capital's Palihapitiya Pitches Tesla To Hedge Fund Managers
Tesla Roadster Electric Sports Vehicle

Social Capital's Chamath Palihapitiya pitched Tesla's (TSLA)  2022 convertible bonds to hedge fund managers on Monday as a way they could share in the electric-car company's upside while largely insulating themselves from potential risk.

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Blue Harbour's Robbins Eyes M&A With Investors Bancorp
Blue Harbour's Robbins Eyes M&A With Investors Bancorp
Clifton Robbins, founder of Blue Harbour

Activist investor Blue Harbour's Clifton Robbins on Monday escalated his campaign at Investors Bancorp  (ISBC) , arguing that the de-mutualized bank could become an acquisition candidate in the not-to-distant future.

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Pandora's Move to Shake Up Board, Add KKR to Fend Off Insurgent
Pandora's Move to Shake Up Board, Add KKR to Fend Off Insurgent

Corvex's Keith Meister did not talk about Pandora Media  (P)  at the Sohn conference but it appeared that his campaign there came to a close Monday after the web-music company announced major changes to its board at the same time that it accepted a $150 million investment from private equity shop KKR & Co.  (KKR) . Meister was seen talking on the phone at Sohn, around the same time the KKR investment was announced.

Many in the industry have called this type of investment a "white squire investment" as similar to a white knight investment it helps the target fend off insurgents.

You can read more about it here.  

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