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Ackman Adds Cash to Target Hedge Fund as Stock Price Slides 38%

Bloomberg- William Ackman put more cash into the $2 billion hedge fund he started to invest in Target Corp. as shares of the second-largest U.S. discount retailer declined 38 percent in the past year, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Pershing Square Capital Management LP, Ackman’s New York- based firm, added at least $100 million to the fund, while he personally committed $5 million. Ackman also solicited money from current and new investors, said the people, who declined to be identified because the fund is private.

The Target fund’s loss may exceed the drop in the Minneapolis-based company’s stock because it uses derivatives, which can amplify gains and losses. Target peaked at a record $70.14 on July 13, 2007, three days before Ackman disclosed owning a stake. Earnings have fallen for three straight quarters as consumers cut back on purchases of clothing and home goods.

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