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Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman appeared on Bloomberg Television for an hour today from the Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York, telling Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle that he’ll take his Herbalife bet “to the end of the earth” even as he has lost $400-$500 million on the investment. He also said that Herbalife longs are all 80-year old billionaires. Carl Icahn responded to Ackman in a conversation with Bloomberg TV’s Trish Regan, saying: “I fail to understand how Bill Ackman, whom I haven’t spoken to for years, nor do I intend to speak to, would know what I am or am not committed to. I continue to believe Herbalife has a great future, and in my opinion many of the things Ackman says about it are simply the rantings of a sore loser…Interestingly there is something that Ackman and I have in common. Ackman complained at an Oxford conference that every time I went on TV and mentioned Herbalife, the stock went up a few points. Well, that’s also true of him.” Read more »

“We get involved on the board. We don’t micromanage and interestingly we get invited back because we’re not a disturbance or a disruption. And Hanes is a good example — we bought it at 20 and it’s now at 80. And I think the CEO will say that in the beginning he was wary of us but he said that we helped him quite a bit. And Motorola I think I still stay friendly with Greg Brown (chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc.) who says we helped him. I think this model must be used in this country if we are going to remain competitive. One of the major reasons I think for the fact that we have unemployment is and we don’t compete is the mediocrity of so many of our managements and so many of our boards. I want to make it clear that there are some very good managers and some very good boards. But generally, it’s amazing how badly these companies are run.” [Reuters]

Clifton S. Robbins is strangely doing okay for himself and his investors, despite having never sent a letter to a company instructing it to pull its head out of its ass, digging up the old college transcripts of CEOs, informing boards they have exactly one hour to free up 2-3 seats, or telling chief executives to do the honorable thing and euthanize themselves. Read more »

  • 30 Oct 2013 at 3:01 PM

Caption Contest Wednesday: Vintage Ray Dalio


A young Ray Dalio, from a photo he included in a presentation he gave at Harvard Business School several years back. [Bridgewater]

Save for a few details, Scaramucci’s long national nightmare is almost over, and celebratory drinks at the Hunt and Fish Club are in order. Read more »

Time was, entertaining a client on Wall Street was a relatively straightforward affair. Invite them to dinner at a steakhouse, maybe hit up some kind of sporting event, round out the night at a strip club. It was a simpler time, of simpler tastes. In the last number of years, though, things have changed. Most people would prefer to hit up a spinning class rather than spend upwards of 5 or 6 hours in the presence of some insufferable sales guy, and when they do want to involve scantily-clad entertainment? Candy on Stage 5 no longer cuts it. Read more »

  • 23 Oct 2013 at 2:32 PM

But Daaad! Netflix Has So Much More Growth Potential!

As you may have heard, starting October 10, Carl Icahn sold 2.99 million shares of Netflix. His son Brett, who works for the old man, thought this was a mistake. So that no one felt like their voice wasn’t being heard, a filing disclosing the sale included statements by both parties, “exposing [the] disagreement” between Senior and Junior. Brett’s lays out his investment thesis. Carl’s, which reads like he addressed it to Brett and then changed it to “Dear SEC”, is essentially:

“Listen up, Sonny Boy. I know you think you’ve learned a thing or two and that’s great. But step aside, Big Daddy’s got money to make.” Read more »