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    1. Dan Loeb's Third Point calls for Nestle Changes

      Dan Loeb's Third Point calls for Nestle Changes

      Activist investor Dan Loeb's Third Point LLC is keeping pressure on Nestlé SA, saying the giant consumer company needs to do more to realign its portfolio, including getting out of its stake in cosmetics giant L'Oréal SA. The activist, writing to his own investors, says Nestlé has taken some "important" steps recently, pointing to new board members the company announced and plans to increase margins, but believes more is needed. A representative for Nestlé wasn't immediately able to comment...

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    2. What High CEO Salaries can do to Worker Productivity

      What High CEO Salaries can do to Worker Productivity

      Some employees really don’t like how much their CEOs get paid — and that can affect the company’s performance. It’s common for chief executives to make significantly higher salaries than lower-level employees do, but that disparity can actually hurt companies , according to a new working paper by Ethan Rouen, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. When a CEO is “overpaid” and employees are “underpaid,” the firm performance suffers the most, he said...

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    3. Netflix Gives Top Executives a Big Raise, Citing the New Tax Law as the Reason

      Netflix Gives Top Executives a Big Raise, Citing the New Tax Law as the Reason

      Netflix Inc. said Thursday that it plans to increase the annual salary for a number of its top executives in 2018, and cited the recently passed tax overhaul for the change. Most notably, Netflix NFLX, +3.47% Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will earn a $12 million base salary in 2018, after bringing in a salary of just $1 million in each of the past three years, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

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    4. U.S. Activist Fund Takes 3.4% Stake in Whitbread

      U.S. Activist Fund Takes 3.4% Stake in Whitbread

      U.S. activist investor Sachem Head Capital Management LP disclosed on Wednesday that it has taken a 3.4% stake in Whitbread PLC (WTB.LN). Sachem disclosed that it holds contracts for difference over 6.2 million shares in the company, which owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn. Sachem's managing partner and founder is Scott Ferguson, a former partner at Pershing Square Capital Management LP, run by hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. Whitbread shares are up 250 pence, or 6.7%, at 3960 pence at 1550 GMT...

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    5. Clariant Rebuffs Demands of Activist Investor

      Clariant Rebuffs Demands of Activist Investor

      ZURICH--Swiss chemicals company Clariant AG on Friday rejected many demands of its largest shareholder in the wake of the failed $15 billion merger with U.S.-based Huntsman Corp., escalating a battle with activist investors. Clariant offered White Tale Holdings--which owns more than 20% of Clariant--one seat on its board of directors, short of the three seats White Tale had requested. It also dismissed White Tale's call to hire an investment bank to explore strategic options for the company...

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    6. Akzo Nobel, Axalta Confirm in Talks for Merger

      Akzo Nobel, Axalta Confirm in Talks for Merger

      Akzo Nobel NV and U.S. rival Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. confirmed Monday they are in talks to join forces in a merger of equals that would create a multibillion-dollar coating and paints giant. The deal would involve the Dutch paint company first proceeding with its existing plan to spin off its specialty chemicals business and distribute the bulk of the proceeds to shareholders. Akzo said that plan, which is unaffected by the Axalta talks, remains on track for April 2018...

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    7. Supervalu Facing Pressure From Activist Investor Blackwells Capital

      Supervalu Facing Pressure From Activist Investor Blackwells Capital

      Supervalu Inc. is facing a push from an activist investor as the food wholesaler and retailer struggles to reverse a yearslong stock slide. Blackwells Capital LLC, an alternative-investment fund that is one of the company’s 10 biggest shareholders, wants the grocery company SVU, +1.49% to sell dozens of its stores and bring in new leadership, among other demands, according to a letter viewed by The Wall Street Journal...

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    8. GE Working on 'Comprehensive Changes' to Pay Plans

      GE Working on 'Comprehensive Changes' to Pay Plans

      Executive compensation is one of the many things John Flannery plans to shake up as he tightens the belt at General Electric Co. But his options may be limited. The new chief executive said Friday he was working with the board "on comprehensive changes" to the company's compensation plans to "better align the team with investors." The company declined to elaborate on those plans...

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    9. You Will Thank Carl Icahn for Ousting this Energy-Company Guru

      You Will Thank Carl Icahn for Ousting this Energy-Company Guru

      Investors like to follow shareholder activists such as Carl Icahn to buy whatever they’re buying as they push for changes at companies. But here’s another way to play this game. Follow the top managers those activists push out because they disagree on strategy. If the excommunicated managers are any good, they’ll set up a new company. And you can get in on the ground floor for potentially big gains...

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    10. The Surprisingly Simple way to Profit from Shareholder Activism

      The Surprisingly Simple way to Profit from Shareholder Activism

      (MarketWatch) — Should you take shareholder activism into account when picking investments? The answer is “yes.” The most reliable way to do it, however, might surprise you. Shareholder activism is as old as the corporate form of business organization: Shareholders are owners, and can try to influence a corporation’s behavior either by persuading management to do things differently or, if management refuses to make changes, by garnering enough support from other investors to win a proxy contest. Activists typically target companies whose shares have been performing poorly, proposing actions — from breaking the company into ...

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    11. Why CEOs Shouldn’t Use Social Media

      Why CEOs Shouldn’t Use Social Media

      If you Google “CEO use of social media,” you will see a cavalcade of articles that lament the limited activity by CEOs of major companies on sites like Twitter, TWTR, -1.25% Facebook FB, -0.76% or LinkedIn. For example, it has been estimated that more than 60% of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies have zero presence and that only 20% of the 100 top-performing CEOs as ranked by the Harvard Business Review are active users...

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    12. Uber’s Chaos is a Great Argument for Going Public Quickly

      Uber’s Chaos is a Great Argument for Going Public Quickly

      Allegations of sexual harassment. Multiple lawsuits. Boardroom splits. Huge losses. A new CEO drafted late at night amid a bitter row over where it should go next. To put it mildly, there is never a dull day at Uber. As Dara Khosrowshahi becomes CEO of the ride-sharing company, he should probably re-watch a couple of seasons of “Game of Thrones” — because the company looks about as easy to run as Westeros. In its short life, Uber has been a huge success...

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    13. Procter & Gamble Urges Shareholders to Vote Against Nelson Peltz at Coming Annual Meeting

      Procter & Gamble Urges Shareholders to Vote Against Nelson Peltz at Coming Annual Meeting

      Procter & Gamble Co. PG, +0.26% on Monday urged shareholders to vote in favor of its director nominees at its coming annual meeting, and against activist investor Nelson Peltz. "Under the leadership of this board and management team, P&G has undertaken the most significant transformation in the company's history and is executing a winning strategy that is working," the board wrote in a letter to shareholders...

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    14. Tenet Shares Surge 15% on Board Member Exits but don’t Expect it to ‘go gentle into that good night’

      Tenet Shares Surge 15% on Board Member Exits but don’t Expect it to ‘go gentle into that good night’

      Tenet Healthcare Corp. may be poised for a proxy fight with Glenview Capital Management LLC, the company’s largest institutional shareholder, after two board members representing Glenview resigned their positions. But Tenet THC, +14.60% “may not go gentle into that good night,” said Mizuho analyst Sheryl Skolnick, referencing a well-known Dylan Thomas poem about death. To “be clear: we expect Glenview to mount a campaign to change THC’s direction, potentially even to change management...

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    15. iPhone 8 Buzz Has rescued Tim Cook’s $90 million Bonus

      iPhone 8 Buzz Has rescued Tim Cook’s $90 million Bonus

      The iPhone 8 hasn’t even been launched yet but already it has one big, big winner. That would be Tim Cook, Apple’s AAPL, +1.09% CEO. Cook will receive a $89.6 million bonus next week, based on MarketWatch calculations using information in Apple’s proxy statement . Much of it is thanks to the company’s next-generation smartphone, which is widely expected to be unveiled next month...

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      Mentions: CEO Google Apple
    16. Amazon Thrives by Thumbing its Nose at Wall Street

      Amazon Thrives by Thumbing its Nose at Wall Street

      For a few hours two weeks ago, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s wealthiest man when his net worth (north of $90 billion) surpassed that of Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates. That’s about the annual gross domestic product of Ukraine and the Slovak Republic. That day, Amazon’s stock AMZN, -0.24% hit an all-time intraday high of 1083.81...

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    17. These Companies Spent Over $1 Billion Buying Back Shares While their CEOs were Dumping Them

      These Companies Spent Over $1 Billion Buying Back Shares While their CEOs were Dumping Them

      As companies’ executive pay packages have swelled from stock-based compensation, some of those same companies have been buying back more shares. But what if the CEO of a company is simultaneously selling a lot of shares? Buybacks can be a good thing for investors if they are large enough to lower share counts and raise earnings per share. A decision by a chief executive officer to sell stock holdings may not mean he or she is losing faith in the stock...

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    18. Tesla, GM Face Proxy Battles Next Week

      Tesla, GM Face Proxy Battles Next Week

      Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co. face potential proxy battles at their annual shareholder meetings this week amid very different trajectories for their share price and investor expectations. Tesla TSLA, +0.29% which this year surpassed GM GM, -0.44% to become the No. 1 U.S. car maker by market capitalization, faces challenges related to its board of directors...

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    19. Elliot Management Loses Dispute with Akzo Nobel

      Elliot Management Loses Dispute with Akzo Nobel

      U.S. activist investor Elliott Management Corp. lost a legal battle Monday to remove Akzo Nobel NV's chairman, increasing pressure on PPG Industries Inc. to make a hostile bid for the rival Dutch paint and chemicals giant or abandon its months long takeover pursuit. Earlier this month, Elliott took Akzo to court in the Netherlands to force Akzo to hold a special shareholder meeting on the dismissal of Antony Burgmans...

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