It happened sooner than some expected. Within weeks of resigning from J.C. Penney's board of directors over a disagreement on the subject of who should be the retail chain's CEO, hedge fund investor Bill Ackman sold his 18 percent stake in the company for approximately $504 million, or $12.90 per share, reported The New York Times. In the process, Ackman accepted a more than $470 million loss on his investment.
The article noted:
"Yet as Mr. Ackman sells off his position, other investors appear to be betting that Penney is on the verge of a turnaround. The investment firm founded by George Soros now owns a roughly 9 percent stake, while Perry Capital recently announced a 7.3 percent stake."