1. Activists Display Lighter Touch

    Activists Display Lighter Touch

    Some of Wall Street's most aggressive investors are taking on a gentler role: friend to companies in transition. Activist hedge funds have made big bets on companies such as General Electric Co., Mondelez International Inc. and 21st Century Fox Inc. that have recently changed course via breakups or major cost cutting. Usually, it is the activists who push for such changes in hopes of boosting a company's stock...

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    1. It really begs the question, as it relates to activism, what is the true portfolio purpose?
    2. It's somewhat counterintuitive, but companies that are in the early stages of a turnaround may actually enter a new window of vulnerability.
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