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RK Capital Hedge Funds Lost Up to 30% in August as Metals Fell

RK Capital Management LLP, the metals hedge-fund firm co-founded by Michael Farmer, lost as much as 30 percent last month amid falling copper and aluminum prices, according to an investor with the firm.

The declines cut the combined returns of the firm’s five funds to about 2 percent this year, said the investor, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Red Kite Metals, the company’s biggest fund, dropped about 40 percent, bringing this year’s loss to as much as 7 percent.

The London Metal Exchange Index of six industrial metals fell 6.6 percent last month and is down 3.6 percent in 2008 as the slowing global economy cut demand for materials such as lead and zinc. Ospraie Management LLC, the New York-based commodity hedge-fund firm run by Dwight Anderson, said last week it will shut down its biggest fund after it lost 39 percent this year.

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