Yahoo Stock Shoots Up After Carl Icahn Raises His Stake

eBrandz – In a move expected to fuel speculation over Yahoo Inc.’s search for a new chief executive — Corporate raider and billionaire investor Carl Icahn augmented his stake in Yahoo, has bought up close to 7 million additional shares of the Internet Company over three days this week, paying around $67 million, according to regulatory filings.

Icahn, a billionaire hedge-fund manager who now holds a seat on Yahoo’s board, acquired 6.77 million additional shares of Yahoo stock during November 24-26 for 67 million dollars, now owns 75.6 million of the company’s shares, or a 5.4 percent stake valued at around $870 million based on Yahoo’s closing share price on Friday, according to the documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and dated Wednesday.

The company’s stock moved up 93 cents, or nearly 9%, to $11.51 in the shortened trading session after Icahn, a Yahoo board member who has been pushing a strategy shift or a sale to Microsoft Corp., said he had bought about 6.8 million shares.

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