Carl Icahn is having a moment
Icahn's latest victory is at Transocean, which agreed, on his prompting, to propose a dividend of $3 a share and to re-nominate one and nominate another Icahn director to its board of directors. The recent Icahn playbook has not been especially subtle -- buy stock, agitate for cash payouts to shareholders, tweet a bit -- but it's been working pretty well. This may be less because of Icahn's persuasive powers -- which are not to be underestimated -- than because he's captured the mood of the moment, with companies finding it easy to borrow but hard to put money to use and investors searching for yield in weird places, like Apple stock. Also, he is on the Twitter, which probably makes him cool.
....while not specific to TLM, can not be ignored for the act of being a shareholder is in my books,very positive....notwithstanding those who believe TLM is not a worthwhile "investment".....the goal is to make a return on the money invested. To each his own when it comes to buying and selling.
It has never ever been a surprise.....that money beget money....since someone with hundreds of millions to invest with will certainty have the advantage of being able to buy in with a sum that will let them reap a larger reward and vice versa as the case may be when the trade turns down......but it also points out the fact that in order to make money you would need to have picked a stock and the trade goes your way. Those with money can make these trades more often....in my opinion. There is never a 100% guaranteed that a stock will rise your way or fall the way you want....with Icahn here for the moment...the chances of a gain here seem to out-weigh the chances of a losing trade....TLM is just an under-achiever and Icahn sees an opportunity....which is probably why HE still has billions at his disposal.
***The social side of investing,ie. job loss or job gain is not my concern...since trading shares is not a decision that creates the jobs in the first place*** Right Lobster?