Activist shareholders

Activist investor changes it up, tries to stop big corporate M&A

Companies used to fear that activist investors would pressure them to sell. Now they fear activist pressure to not buy.

Driving the news: Bill Ackman is urging United Technologies to scrap its mega-merger with Raytheon.

Why Sony may concede to Daniel Loeb and sell this time (or not)

The Sony logo is seen in white on a wall as people walk around and look at phones and other tech.
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Sony shares jumped 8% after Reuters' Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Liana Baker reported that activist investor Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point was building a stake in the company to push for changes that include shedding some businesses.

The big picture: It's the second time in 6 years Third Point has targeted the Japanese electronics maker, Reuters notes, buying as much as 7% of Sony in 2013, after a weak couple of years for the stock. It then pushed it to spin off its entertainment business but was rejected. (Third Point sold its shares at a 20% profit.)