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Starboard reiterates Yahoo should combine with AOL

Activist-investor Starboard Value LP has reiterated that Yahoo Inc should consider a merger with AOL Inc and cut costs to improve profits, spurred by media reports that Yahoo is exploring other large-scale acquisitions.

Starboard reiterates Yahoo should combine with AOL

Activist-investor Starboard Value LP has reiterated that Yahoo Inc should consider a merger with AOL Inc and cut costs to improve profits, spurred by media reports that Yahoo is exploring other large-scale acquisitions.

Breakingviews: Clunky conglomerates put on high breakup alert

Clunky conglomerates have been put on high alert. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn descended on Wisconsin-based Manitowoc just before the new year, urging it to separate construction cranes from its ice machines. Companies with such head-scratching pairings make easy targets for freshly invigorated uppity investors. The likes of Pitney Bowes, The Andersons and JBT may want to keep vigilant guard in 2015.

Breakingviews: Clunky conglomerates put on high breakup alert

Clunky conglomerates have been put on high alert. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn descended on Wisconsin-based Manitowoc just before the new year, urging it to separate construction cranes from its ice machines. Companies with such head-scratching pairings make easy targets for freshly invigorated uppity investors. The likes of Pitney Bowes, The Andersons and JBT may want to keep vigilant guard in 2015.

Breakingviews: IBM turnaround requires atypical activist fix

IBM requires an atypical activist fix. Big Blue's strategy of cost cuts and debt-fueled buybacks is no longer working - even though the company keeps trying. A tarnished balance sheet, lean staffing and a history of disposals rule out typical activist wheezes. Encouraging Chair and Chief Executive Ginni Rometty to invest in IBM's core businesses could pay off.

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