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A Not So Free Lunch at Trader’s Narrative

A Not So Free Lunch

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When a large US company (Georgia Gulf) says it is going to buy a smaller Canadian company (Royal Group) for $13 but the stock of the company being acquired sells for less than $13… you would think there is a ‘free’ lunch being offered on Wall Street, right?

But so far, it has turned out to be anything but a ‘free’ lunch:


(chart is of Royal Group’s stock trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Cdn dollars)


I nibbled (half normal position size) a bit on RYG at $12.50 on Monday but sold it for a small loss as GGC broke below Friday’s intra-day low.

The lesson I learned was that I should have hedged the long RYG position by shorting an equal dollar amount of GGC. Since the announcement last week, Royal Group has fallen about 5% while its suitor has fallen by about 20%.

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