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Kerry MarunaFebruary 18, 2016

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The increasingly aggressive and rising level of investor activism leveled against corporations has been both a cause of concern to managements and boards and a sign of greater corporate responsiveness to investor stakeholders.

Among the major companies recently targeted are Amgen, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Hess, P&G, eBay, Transocean, ITW, DuPont, and PepsiCo. Yet even as critics decry such moves as an encouragement to short-termism, advocates contend they can lead to greater corporate efficiency and higher share prices.

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Apple said Wednesday that a court order requiring it to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino mass shooters represents an “unprecedented” threat to the security of its customers.

Syed Farook’s iPhone is protected by a feature that automatically wipes it clean of all its data after 10 incorrect password attempts have been entered. FBI Director James B. Comey told Congress last week that agents had not been able to access the data.

Read: “Apple, FBI Face off Over Access to Killer’s iPhone”

 

U.S., Cuba Sign Pact to Resume Scheduled Flights

The agreement authorizes up to 110 round trips a day to Cuba’s 10 international airports.

 

When the Activists Attack

Four experts opine from four different angles on what’s the right approach to investor activism.

 

Healthy Dialogue Curbs Hostile Activism

Shareholder activism tends to reveal an underlying miscommunication between a company and its shareholders.

 

Stale Boards Are Prime Targets of Investor Activism

Governance issues are often front and center in the target range of investor activism.

 

Avoid Proxy Wars with Activist Investors

Activists won proxy wars with companies about 75% of the time in 2014.

 

The Activist Investor Within

The common belief is that activist investors are the only ones with an agenda. That is plain rubbish.

 

U.S. Housing Starts Drop 3.8% in January

Economists say the fundamentals of the housing market remain strong and the January decline may only be a temporary setback.

 

Apple, FBI Face off Over Access to Killer’s iPhone

The company is opposing a court order requiring it to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino mass shooters.

 

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