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    1. Unicorns Aren't That Rare Anymore, and Shareholders are Demanding More Control

      Unicorns Aren't That Rare Anymore, and Shareholders are Demanding More Control

      More and more unicorns are galloping toward the stock exchanges, and it isn't always a smooth ride. Short-term volatility may be typical, as Lyft ( LYFT shareholders learned last week in the stock's first full week of trading. But there are deeper tensions beneath the surface, and their implications for investors are coming more clearly into focus...

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    2. Bob Iger's Reduced Compensation at Disney Gets Approved by Slim Majority

      Bob Iger's Reduced Compensation at Disney Gets Approved by Slim Majority

      Walt Disney ( DIS ) shareholders approved CEO Bob Iger's future pay package by a slim 57% margin at the company's annual shareholder meeting even though the media giant proposed to reduce his compensation by $13.5 million. Iger was paid $65.6 million in 2018, a large jump from the $36.2 million he was paid in 2017, thanks to the stock awards he received from the company's upcoming purchase of Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX ) assets...

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    3. Carl Icahn Cuts Stake in Hertz to Under 29%

      Carl Icahn Cuts Stake in Hertz to Under 29%

      Long-time activist investor and billionaire Carl Icahn has cut his holdings in car and truck rental giant Hertz Holdings ( HTZ ) . A Securities and Exchange Commission filing revealed that High River Limited Partnership, one of Icahn's investment firms, sold 1 million shares of Hertz, while Icahn Partners LP sold approximately 2.52 million shares and Icahn Partners Master Fund LP sold roughly 1.48 million shares - all on Monday, March 4...

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    4. Caesars Is Seeking Carl Icahn's Advice for Next CEO, Report Says

      Caesars Is Seeking Carl Icahn's Advice for Next CEO, Report Says

      Caesars Entertainment Corp. ( CZR ) is gambling on Carl Icahn's input to help the casino operator pick its next chief executive, according to Reuters, which cited people familiar with the matter. The talks are part of a settlement between Icahn and Caesars that would also include board seats, according to the report, after the billionaire activist investor disclosed a 9.8% stake in the company last week. After disclosing his stake, Icahn asked Caesars to launch a process to explore a sale...

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    5. Icahn Bets on Caesars' Sale

      Icahn Bets on Caesars' Sale

      Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s ( CZR ) latest gamble could on be itself, according to a published report Thursday. Carl Icahn -- the billionaire activist investor -- is urging the casino company to "explore a sale," according to The Wall Street Journal report, which said the company had received two recent offers. An email to a Caesars' spokesperson seeking comment was not immediately returned...

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    6. Breaking Up eBay: How an Activist Investor's Plan Could Work

      Breaking Up eBay: How an Activist Investor's Plan Could Work

      Is it time to break up eBay? One activist investor thinks so. Elliott Management, which acquired a 4% stake in the e-commerce marketplace, submitted a lengthy proposal on how to split up the company into three parts. In a letter, Elliott proposed spinning out the online ticket seller StubHub into a new company that, by their analysis, would be worth between $3.5 billion and $4.5 billion...

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    7. Cars.com Surges as Board Says Potential Sale in Play Following Activist Pressure

      Cars.com Surges as Board Says Potential Sale in Play Following Activist Pressure

      Cars.com ( CARS ) shares surged Thursday after the online car shopping service said it may explore a sale of the company, just weeks after activist investor Starboard Value pressed management to improve performance. Starboard Value, which owns around 9% of the Chicago-based group, told management in a letter published on December 10 that Cars.com had been losing customers for the past two years, leading to a decline in organic revenues...

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    8. Could Jeff Bezos' Divorce Impact Amazon Shares?

      Could Jeff Bezos' Divorce Impact Amazon Shares?

      It's not every day that the world's richest person gets divorced. Amazon ( AMZN ) investors didn't seem too perturbed by news that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife Mackenzie Bezos plan to split , which was announced via tweet on Wednesday. Despite widespread coverage of the news and speculation about what it might mean for Amazon, Amazon shares have not moved significantly since the announcement...

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    9. Goldman Board Goes On Female Hiring Spree, Leaves Old-Boy Era Behind

      Goldman Board Goes On Female Hiring Spree, Leaves Old-Boy Era Behind

      The boardroom of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ( GS ) is finally catching up with the #metoo era. The Wall Street firm, historically man-heavy in its executive suite as well as among directors, said Thursday it had named former U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Jan Tighe to its board. Her appointment boosts the share of women on the board to four out of 14 total directors, or 29%...

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    10. Ancora's Chadwick On Working with Activist Pioneer Whitworth

      Ancora's Chadwick On Working with Activist Pioneer Whitworth

      The Activist Investing Today podcast talked to Jim Chadwick, about Ancora's activist strategy and his recent insurgencies at Hill International and Fleet Management International. In a wide-ranging interview, Chadwick explains how working with Relational Investors Ralph Whitworth and David Batchelder, prior to joining Ancora, was "the most important factor" in his career of activism...

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    11. Elon Musk's Antics Raise the Question: Should CEOs Even Be on Twitter?

      Elon Musk's Antics Raise the Question: Should CEOs Even Be on Twitter?

      Anyone -- including CEOs -- can tweet, but that doesn't mean everyone should . On Thursday, Tesla ( TSLA ) CEO Elon Musk again made headlines for questionable use of his widely-followed Twitter account when he posted a tweet seeming to insult the SEC , just days after he reached a settlement with the agency over fraud allegations...

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    12. Activist Dan Loeb Has Infiltrated Your Can of Campbell's Soup

      Activist Dan Loeb Has Infiltrated Your Can of Campbell's Soup

      Third Point LLC's Dan Loeb has been stirring the pot at Campbell Soup Co. The activist investor wants the full 12-person overhauled and thinks the company is a takeover target, or should at least sell some divisions, like its Pop Secret popcorn and Pepperidge Farms frozen cake brands. The company's stock performance has been weak recently, which could invite an activist eager to make management changes or perhaps see the company broken up or sold, The Deal reported...

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    13. Judge Blocks Fuji-Xerox Deal Temporarily, Allows Director Battle To Proceed

      Judge Blocks Fuji-Xerox Deal Temporarily, Allows Director Battle To Proceed

      Not a picture perfect way to end the week for Xerox. A New York Judge late Friday issued an order temporarily blocking Xerox Corp.'s ( XRX ) plan to merge with Fujifilm. At the same time, the judge gave the document technology company's third-largest shareholder permission to move ahead with a change-of-control proxy contest to take over Xerox's board...

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