The giant pension fund’s corporate governance honcho, Anne Simpson doesn’t like Carl Icahn’s jerk-off plans. She doesn’t like his jerk-off Twitter account. And she doesn’t like him, jerk off. Uncle Carl had better keep his goldbrickin’ ass out of her beach community state. Read more »
Remember David Miller? Rochdale Securites trader who masterminded a scam that involved the “unauthorized purchase of about $1 billion in Apple stock,” which he claimed was for a client (a lie)? Forget to dot a few essential i’s and cross a few crucial t’s in the scheme, which contributed to its failure and left the firm in a “negative capital position”? Robbed the universe of Dick Bové research for a time? Which thankfully turned out to be a very short amount of time, i.e. the period between Bové’s resignation from Rochdale and the announcing of the winner of the Dick Bové Sweepstakes? Yeah, he’s going to jail. Read more »
Carl Icahn told CNBC he had a “good conversation” with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and both believe that the company’s stock remains undervalued. Apple’s Cook told Icahn that he’s still studying Icahn’s proposal to buy back $150 billion worth of the company’s stock…Shortly after publishing the letter, Icahn told CNBC that he had no intention of giving up on a large buyback and said he may consider a proxy battle to return more value to shareholders. “If they don’t do it, we’ll test the waters and see if the shareholders want us to do it and if we could win,” Icahn told CNBC. “We’ve said we’re not going away. I’ve said that to (CEO) Tim (Cook) and I’ll say it again.” [CNBC, earlier]
- buy stock in company,
- be annoying,
- sell stock back to company at higher price.
This model had many delights of which perhaps the greatest was that you couldn’t really, like, do damage to your reputation. The more annoying you are: the more the company wants to get rid of you! So the more they’ll pay. And since you’d really only get into this business if you had some natural predisposition to annoyingness, it was a nice way for some people to make a living doing what they loved. Sadly it sort of petered out after the 1980s, though you still see variants on it occasionally.
It’s fun to contrast Bill Ackman’s 2,000-word letter to the J.C. Penney board referencing his previous “several-thousand-word email to the board outlining my concerns about our current trajectory” with Carl Icahn’s 280 characters about Apple. Read more »