7 Stocks Activist Investors Have in Their Sights

Activist investors build stakes in struggling companies in hopes of enacting change and boosting shareholder returns. Here are seven they're targeting right now.

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Most investors tend to shy away from troubled companies because they can really weigh on returns. Activist investors, on the other hand, actively seek out underperforming businesses, acquiring big equity stakes in the anticipation of forcing changes that will improve the share price.

Activist investors target companies that are poorly managed, inefficient, overpaying for acquisitions or suffering from a slew of other maladies that detract from shareholder value. They then push actions that they believe will benefit stockholders such as business restructurings and spinoffs, share repurchases and dividend hikes.


Data is as of Feb. 4. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price.

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Lisa Springer
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Lisa currently serves as an equity research analyst for Singular Research covering small-cap healthcare, medical device and broadcast media stocks.