Icahn is a diversified investor with extensive holdings in biotech, casinos, information technology and real estate. About half his fortune is invested in publicly traded companies, including natural gas outfit El Paso and auto parts maker Federal Mogul. His closely held assets include a telecommunications company (XO Holdings) and rail cars (ACF).
Transocean Ltd. will boost its dividend and cut costs as part of an agreement with Carl Icahn, months after the world’s largest offshore rig contractor won a shareholder battle with the billionaire investor.
U.S. stocks rose, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending a record, as investors awaited retailer earnings reports to gauge the strength of consumer demand and the likelihood of cuts to monetary stimulus.
The euro climbed for the first time in three days versus the dollar as European stocks rose. Emerging-market currencies weakened and gold fell on the outlook for Federal Reserve stimulus and as a typhoon wreaked damage in the Philippines. U.S. shares rose to trade near a record.
Talisman Energy Inc., the Canadian oil and natural gas producer being targeted by investor Carl Icahn, agreed to sell part of its Montney acreage to Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd for C$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion).
Dan Loeb, the billionaire founder and principal owner of Third Point LLC, the $14 billion activist hedge fund, has made about $1 billion for himself and his investors from a two-year crusade to increase Yahoo! Inc.’s stock price. He’s been extraordinarily successful; the shares trade for about $33 these days, up from about $13.50 when Loeb started buying them in September 2011.