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Nordic Commodity, ECM Post Top Power Hedge-Fund Gains

Bloomberg – Energy Capital Management and Nordic Commodity Funds AB’s hedge funds are outperforming the competition in European energy markets, where power prices fell as much as 17 percent last month from a record.

Energy Capital’s MMT fund returned 19.2 percent through July, according to a letter to investors, the best result in a Bloomberg survey of 11 funds in Europe’s electricity, coal, natural-gas and emissions markets. Alfakraft AB’s Alfa Energy Fund posted the biggest drop, at 17.9 percent, according to its Web site.

The plunge in power prices and related commodities since early July ended a four-year surge in electricity costs that enabled funds to provide better returns than stocks and bonds. Coal costs, which affect European power markets, more than doubled in the first half, before sliding 13 percent in July.

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