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    1. 3 Reasons Why the New Darden Restaurants Inc. REIT Might Be Wrong for Investors

      3 Reasons Why the New Darden Restaurants Inc. REIT Might Be Wrong for Investors

      Darden Restaurants plans on filling up the REIT with mostly Olive Garden restaurants at first, which might hurt the asset play's value. Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants recently announced it would split the company in two, creating a real estate investment trust that would house the Italian restaurant chain's properties. Markets ate the news up and initially pushed the stock almost 6% higher...

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    2. Olive Garden Is Still a Problem at Darden Restaurants, Inc.

      Olive Garden Is Still a Problem at Darden Restaurants, Inc.

      Source: Olive Garden. Shares of Darden Restaurants hit new all-time highs last week -- on their highest trading volume of the year -- after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results. It was certainly a solid report on the surface. Revenue climbed nearly 14% since the prior year's quarter, and adjusted earnings doubled to $1.08 a share. Wall Street was only holding out for a profit of $0.98 a share, but that's not much of a surprise...

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    3. This Billionaire Has a Problem With Warren Buffett

      This Billionaire Has a Problem With Warren Buffett

      The investing world loves Warren Buffett. He's not called "the Oracle of Omaha," for nothing -- a great many investors look to him for wisdom and insight on the markets. His folksy annual letters to shareholders of his company Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) are required reading for many financial types, whether they own Berkshire stock or not...

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    4. Macellum Advisors Plans to Vote Against Christopher & Banks' Directors at Meeting

      Macellum Advisors Plans to Vote Against Christopher & Banks' Directors at Meeting

      Macellum Advisors GP LLC said Thursday it plans to vote against Christopher & Banks Corp.'s directors at the company's annual meeting, after the activist investor's attempts to get board representation were rebuffed. Macellum, which said it owns a 5.1% stake in the company, has criticized Christopher & Banks' board and pushed it to explore a sale in recent months...

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    5. Is Shareholder Dissent With Caterpillar, Inc.'s Executive Compensation Justified?

      Is Shareholder Dissent With Caterpillar, Inc.'s Executive Compensation Justified?

      It's been the same song and dance for Caterpillar and its shareholders over the last couple of years: annual declines in revenue and operating profits, accompanies by a stock price stuck in neutral. In 2012, Caterpillar generated $8.48 profit per share on revenue that reached nearly $66 billion. Fast forward to today, and expectations are for a $5.00 profit per share -- and that's excluding restructuring costs, which would lower the result if included -- on revenue of about $50 billion...

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    6. Caterpillar Executive Pay Plans to Be Put to Shareholder Test

      Caterpillar Executive Pay Plans to Be Put to Shareholder Test

      Caterpillar Inc., which has drawn attention for tinkering with financial targets it uses to help set executives' bonuses, will see its executive pay plans put to a shareholder test Wednesday. Caterpillar last year reduced a target for operating profit used to set bonuses to $20 million from more than $2 billion the previous year, and then easily exceeded that target. The change helped CEO Douglas Oberhelman earn a $4 million bonus that boosted his total compensation 14% from a year prior...

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