Today, Yahoo gave Icahn 3 seats on the board of directors, bringing the total to eleven. Icahn takes a seat as the second largest institutional shareholder. While Icahn has failed to get a majority of seats, the situation continues to be a disruption to their business. Icahn’s unable to negotiate on behalf of the company without Yahoo’s permission, and must be allowed to participate on any committee that deals with a possible deal topic. While Icahn has a history of success in these ventures, we still have yet to see if there will be any deal between Microsoft and Yahoo.
This time, though, AMD will let the battle be decided by the clout-swinging suits instead of the cutting-edge Samurai-style technology touting ninja-neers. AMD has filed suit against Intel in a statement of anti-trust, alleging that Intel intervened and was able to sway decisions against AMD’s favor in many attempted business and marketing negotiations. Analysts expected this kind of response over 6 months ago. If the result of the complaint is in AMD’s favor, will it be enough to dig them out of this hole? Likely. They expected some losses this year as it acquired ATI, and have a new product launch planned this summer. While the move didn’t mangle Intel in today’s market, it didn’t look good. Intel seems adamant that they will come out ahead in the long run. On the other hand, AMD has already produced their statement of how they will continue to be successful as the move to integrated CPU and GPU architecture over the next generations of product lines. It is yet to be seen, but I am not convinced the outcome of the suit will make significant changes for AMD or it’s stock. We will also have to pay attention to how it will affect the consumers to see how that will play out.