Taylor Wimpey slips as hedge fund sells shares

Guardian.co.uk – Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has slipped more than 8% on news that Toscafund, the hedge fund run by former bank analyst Martin Hughes, has sold a chunk of shares in the business.

Tosca, which is said to have lost about £300m in the collapse of US bank Washington Mutual, held a 10.2% stake in Taylor Wimpey. But in an official filing just out, Tosca has now reduced that to below the 3% disclosable threshold.

Taylor Wimpey is down 1.75p at 19p, but rival Redrow, where Tosca had a 27% stake, has climbed 6.75p to 163p. On Friday, Redrow said Bridgemere Securities had bought 14.4m shares to take its stake to 16.24%. Traders wondered whether some of these shares might have come from Tosca.

Bridgemere is a fund set up by the Redrow founder, Stephen Morgan, and the purchase has prompted talk of a possible takeover of Redrow.

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