October 2, 2014 / 12:32 PM / 3 years ago

CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Hedge funds cut long exposure in Sept -C Suisse

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(Corrects the category of funds that outperformed the S&P in September)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Managers of equity long/short funds cut their net exposure in September, a month during which markets pulled back on a rising dollar and questions over the timing of the Federal Reserve's next rate hike, Credit Suisse wrote in a note.

The declines came across regions and sectors, though there was an emphasis in cyclical sectors.

"These reductions in longs and adds to shorts brought the long-short ratio to a low of 43 percent as returns and the European growth outlook both wane," the firm said in the note published late Wednesday.

The top 50 short positions within equity long-short funds returned an average of 5.9 percent through September, Credit Suisse wrote, on pace for 490 basis points of outperformance compared to the S&P 500, "the highest since at least January 2013."

Futures snapshot at 0825 EDT:

* S&P 500 e-minis were up 2.5 points, or 0.13 percent, with 207,837 contracts changing hands.

* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were gaining 5.5 points, or 0.14 percent, in volume of 34,374 contracts.

* Dow e-minis were up 6 points, or 0.04 percent, with 27,589 contracts changing hands. (Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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