1. Hedge Fund Activism Helps Targeted Companies

    Hedge Fund Activism Helps Targeted Companies

    Activist hedge funds, take heart. With the raging debate about activist investing showing no signs of abating, a new study that can fairly lay claim to being the largest and broadest investigation of activism yet undertaken yields evidence that amounts to a solid endorsement of it ...

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    1. Activism is widely seen as a way to make a quick buck — so much so that the Brokaw Act was recently introduced in Congress to keep activist hedge funds from capitalizing on short-term profits at the expense of companies' basic finances.
    2. Over at least a two-year period, short sellers behave consistently with the perception that activist targets are better off in the post-announcement period.
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