Dec 14, 2019

Carl Icahn sued over HP/Xerox deal

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A firefighters pension fund in Florida filed a lawsuit on Friday against billionaire investor Carl Icahn over allegations that he bought $1.2 billion of stock in HP after learning that Xerox Corp. wanted to buy HP at a premium, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: Icahn already was Xerox's largest shareholder, with an 11% stake, and now is HP's fifth-largest shareholder. Xerox offered to buy HP for $33.5 billion, but was rebuffed and now plans to go hostile.

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Takeaway.com ups its takeover bid in effort to beat out Prosus for Just Eat

Takeaway.com appears poised to beat out Dutch conglomerate Prosus for London-based food delivery company Just Eat, after raising its takeover offer to nearly £6.3 billion in stock.

Why it matters: Because appearances may be deceiving. Yes, Just Eat's board this morning recommended Takeaway's offer, and lowered the shareholder approval threshold to just 50%.

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The coming Wall Street battles over climate change

Extinction Rebellion climate activists protest on Wall Street in October. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

A pair of events over the past few days offers a preview of upcoming investor efforts to push some of the world's largest companies to get more active on global warming.

Why it matters: Shareholder pressure is becoming an increasingly important driver of corporate decision-making at a time when national governments' political will on climate is uneven at best.

Go deeperArrowDec 17, 2019

Cigna's big divestiture on its life and disability insurance business

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Cigna finally pulled the trigger on selling its life and disability insurance business, netting $5.3 billion after taxes from New York Life.

The big picture: Health insurers have been divesting products that have less to do with actual medical care and instead combining with companies that sell drug benefits

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