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    1. Norway's $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Wants Elon Musk Out as Chairman of Tesla

      Norway's $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Wants Elon Musk Out as Chairman of Tesla
      • Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund said on Wednesday it had backed an initiative to wrest the role of chairman away from Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk.
      • The proposal, which was defeated in a vote at Tesla's annual meeting of stockholders on Tuesday, represented the strongest challenge yet to Musk's grip on the Silicon Valley car company...
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    2. The Chairman of the Company Behind Snickers and M&Ms Reveals What's Next for the Chocolate Giant

      The Chairman of the Company Behind Snickers and M&Ms Reveals What's Next for the Chocolate Giant
      • Mars Inc — the company behind Snickers, M&Ms, Milky Way, Pedigree, Uncle Ben's Rice, and other food brands — has historically been a very secretive company.
      • But the 106-year-old company, which is entirely owned by the Mars family, has been opening up about its business and what's next for the company.
      • Business Insider spoke to Mars chairman Stephen Badger about why the $35 billion firm is ditching its secretive past and why it is "100% committed to staying private."...
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    3. At Facebook's Annual Meeting, Mark Zuckerberg Stuck to his Talking Points — and Ignored Some of Shareholders' Biggest Concerns

      At Facebook's Annual Meeting, Mark Zuckerberg Stuck to his Talking Points — and Ignored Some of Shareholders' Biggest Concerns
      • At Facebook's annual meeting, company officials faced criticism from investors and a slew of shareholder proposals urging reforms.
      • Addressing concerns about the abuse of Facebook's service, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team repeated talking points they've previously made to the press or in Congress.
      • Zuckerberg and company ignored pointed concerns about the company's governance, a longstanding thorn in the side of many investors...
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    4. Mega-Mergers are Surging at a Record Pace — and History Warns a Market Crash is Looming

      Mega-Mergers are Surging at a Record Pace — and History Warns a Market Crash is Looming
      • Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is off to a record start in 2018, with more than $2 trillion in deals announced through May 21.
      • While that may seem like a positive on the surface, many pundits across Wall Street have warned it's a late-cycle signal.

      There's an old adage that says it's possible to have too much of a good thing. And unfortunately for investors, there's a growing faction of experts who see such a scenario playing out in markets...

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    5. 'This Can't Go on Forever:' Shareholders are Calling on Deutsche Bank's CEO to Lay Out a Clear Plan

      'This Can't Go on Forever:' Shareholders are Calling on Deutsche Bank's CEO to Lay Out a Clear Plan

      REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

      • After years of longstanding problems, Deutsche Bank's new head, Christian Sewing, has demanded the bank change its strategy.
      • Shareholders expect answers to a number of questions at Deutsche Bank's Annual General Meeting, to be held today.
      • Klaus Nieding, vice president of German association for private investors, Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz, says the bank's problems can't go on forever...
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    6. Barclays Has Reportedly 'Kicked Around' the Idea of Merging With Standard Chartered

      Barclays Has Reportedly 'Kicked Around' the Idea of Merging With Standard Chartered

      REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

      • FT: Barclays board has considered the possibility of a merger with Standard Chartered.
      • The possible deal is one plan being considered to ward off activist investor Edward Bramson, who has built a 5.4% stake in Barclays.
      • Neither side has issued statements to shareholders, suggesting no serious talks have taken place.

      LONDON — Barclays has considered the possibility of merging with Standard Chartered Bank, according to a report in the Financial Times...

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    7. Walmart's Flipkart Deal has One Analyst Questioning Whether the Company Can Fulfill a Big Promise it Just Made to Shareholders

      Walmart's Flipkart Deal has One Analyst Questioning Whether the Company Can Fulfill a Big Promise it Just Made to Shareholders
      • Walmart is planning to buy back $20 billion of its own shares over the next two years.
      • But its $16 billion Flipkart acquisition could put a dent in those plans, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Scot Ciccarelli.
      • Watch Walmart trade in real time here.

      There's a different risk to Walmart's Flipkart acquisition than what everybody's talking about...

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    8. US Companies are Returning Cash to Shareholders at a Record Pace — and That's Fueling Everyone's Biggest Fear About Tax Reform

      US Companies are Returning Cash to Shareholders at a Record Pace — and That's Fueling Everyone's Biggest Fear About Tax Reform
      • Following the successful passage of the GOP tax law, many parties across Wall Street were nervous about how US companies would use excess cash.
      • Data from S&P Dow Jones Indices suggests their biggest fears are coming true, although they argue it may not be as big of a deal as previously thought.

      When the GOP tax law was passed, Wall Street was very vocal about what US corporations should do with the mountain of proceeds coming their way...

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    9. In Europe, Misbehaving CEOs Pay Millions in Fines and Go to Jail, and We Need to Start Doing the Same in the US

      In Europe, Misbehaving CEOs Pay Millions in Fines and Go to Jail, and We Need to Start Doing the Same in the US
      • There have been a number of recent cases in which high-profile CEOs have been publicly penalized with fines and jail-time by European governments.
      • CEOs that are guilty of similar transgressions have been held less accountable in the U.S.
      • America would arguably benefit from adopting the European approach, forcing the government to play a more judicious role in punishing offending businesspeople...
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    10. Vodafone's CEO Announces his Departure Less Than a Week After Making $22 Billion Deal With 'Cable Cowboy' John Malone

      Vodafone's CEO Announces his Departure Less Than a Week After Making $22 Billion Deal With 'Cable Cowboy' John Malone
      • Long-serving Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao is to step down in October this year.
      • He will be succeeded by the telecoms firm's current chief financial officer, Nick Read.
      • The announcement of Colao's departure comes less than a week after Vodafone announced a $22 billion deal with Liberty Global.

      LONDON —Vodafone announced on Tuesday that long-serving CEO Vittorio Colao will step down later this year...

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    11. Angry Shareholders Rail Against Under Armour for Being Uncool

      Angry Shareholders Rail Against Under Armour for Being Uncool
      • Under Armour hosted its annual shareholders' conference on Wednesday.
      • The company's executive team was questioned by the audience on topics related to its work on improving its reputation with younger consumers and women.
      • "How are you actually trying to design and make things that your customers want?" one shareholder asked.

      Under Armour's executive team was peppered with hard question from shareholders on Wednesday...

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    12. Another Facebook Investor Turned up the Heat on Mark Zuckerberg for Running the Company Like a 'Dictatorship'

      Another Facebook Investor Turned up the Heat on Mark Zuckerberg for Running the Company Like a 'Dictatorship'

      Reuters

      • Another Facebook shareholder has called on the company to overhaul its governance after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
      • The California State Teachers' Retirement System said Facebook's dual-class share structure means the firm operates like a "dictatorship."
      • Other shareholders have called on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to resign as chairman because he has too much control over the company...
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    13. Japan's Takeda Seals $62 Billion Takeover of Adderall Maker Shire

      Japan's Takeda Seals $62 Billion Takeover of Adderall Maker Shire

      Reuters

      • Japan's Takeda reaches a deal to buy London-listed Shire for $61.5 billion after weeks of negotiations.
      • Shareholders still need to approve the deal and Shire shares are trading at below the offer price, suggesting shareholders could have reservations about the deal.

      Takeda Pharmaceutical agreed to buy London-listed Shire for £45.3 billion ($61.50 billion) on Tuesday after the Japanese company raised the amount of cash in its offer to $30.33 to secure a recommendation...

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    14. Tesla is on the Brink of a Major shift that will Completely Change How its Stock Trades

      Tesla is on the Brink of a Major shift that will Completely Change How its Stock Trades
      • Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk has long been an outspoken critic of short seller behavior that's made his company the most shorted in the US equity market.
      • Financial analytics firm S3 Partners has compiled data to suggest it's getting much more difficult to short Tesla, and it explains how this could permanently alter how the stock is traded.

      If you pay attention to Elon Musk's public comments — or simply follow him on Twitter — then you know he loathes traders who short Tesla's stock...

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    15. Nestle to Pay $7.15 Billion to Get into Starbucks' Coffee Business

      Nestle to Pay $7.15 Billion to Get into Starbucks' Coffee Business

      Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

      • Swiss-based food giant Nestle will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to sell the U.S. coffee chain's products around the world in a global alliance aimed at reinvigorating their coffee empires.
      • The deal on Monday for a business with $2 billion in sales reinforces Nestle's position as the world's biggest coffee company tries to fortify its place atop a fast-changing market...
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    16. Zynga Founder Mark Pincus is Giving up his 70% Voting Control of the Company

      Zynga Founder Mark Pincus is Giving up his 70% Voting Control of the Company
      • Zynga founder Mark Pincus announced in a Medium post Wednesday that he is stepping down from his executive chairman role at the gaming company and converting his super voting shares into ordinary shares.
      • The decision to scrap the dual class stock structure is an unexpected move, at a time when tech founders from Mark Zuckerberg to Evan Spiegel are holding on to power with super voting stock...
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    17. Tesla Shareholders Could Oust Elon Musk as Chairman

      Tesla Shareholders Could Oust Elon Musk as Chairman

      Tesla shareholders will vote in June on whether or not Elon Musk should be the chairman.

      • One shareholder requested this vote.
      • The shareholder suggested Musk be an independent director.

      When Tesla holds its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on June 5, shareholders will be asked to vote on a proposal by one stockholder that the company’s chair be an independent director, not Elon Musk, who has been chairman since 2004 and is also the chief executive officer...

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    18. 24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Warren Buffett and His $84.7 Billion Fortune

      24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Warren Buffett and His $84.7 Billion Fortune

      Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has a net worth of $84.7 billion.

      • Buffett is a generous philanthropist having given away more than $27 billion in the last decade.
      • The billionaire is known for his frugal habits, like his daily McDonald's breakfast and insistence on using a flip phone...
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    19. How Warren Buffett's Annual Q&A Meetings Exploded to Become a Must-Go Extravaganza for Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Around the World

      How Warren Buffett's Annual Q&A Meetings Exploded to Become a Must-Go Extravaganza for Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Around the World
      • On May 5, Warren Buffett will once again host thousands of shareholders who flock to Omaha for a chance to listen to him answer questions for several hours and maybe get to ask one.
      • The annual pilgrimage had more modest beginnings in the lunchroom of one of Berkshire Hathaway's subsidiaries...
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    20. Investors are Angry with Botox-Maker Allergan — and They're Trying to Get an Activist Involved to Shake It Up

      Investors are Angry with Botox-Maker Allergan — and They're Trying to Get an Activist Involved to Shake It Up
      • Some of Allergan's top shareholders have approached potential activist investors to gauge their interest in pushing for change at the Botox-maker, according to people familiar with the matter.
      • Allergan's shares are down 33% in the last year, compared to a 7% rise for the Nasdaq Biotech Index.
      • Allergan is set to report earnings on April 30...
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    21. NBC-Owner Comcast Gatecrashes Fox's Takeover of Sky With a £22 Billion Bid

      NBC-Owner Comcast Gatecrashes Fox's Takeover of Sky With a £22 Billion Bid
      • Comcast made official a £22 billion bid for Britain's Sky
      • 21st Century Fox, which owns 40% of Sky, has been trying to buy the remaining stake since the end of 2016 but has faced repeated regulatory hurdles.
      • Comcast's offer is a 16% premium to 21st Century Fox's most recent bid.
      • Sky's board withdraws their support for a Fox bid in response to Comcast offer...
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