In the Go-Go '80s – back when the hit movie Wall Street told us that "Greed Is Good" – Carl Icahn was known as a "corporate raider"… and was revered for his windfall-producing decisiveness.
Icahn is still around. And he's still active. Only now – in the politically correct 2000s – he's known as an "activist investor" who's gone up against the likes of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and eBay Inc.(Nasdaq: EBAY).
I don't really care what we call him. I just know that Carl Icahn has done us a big, big favor.
You see, Icahn the Great has just cleared our path to a big profit – a company in a hot new market whose shares could surge 50% in the next two years.
And today I'm going to tell you a tale that shows how Icahn did this – and show you the stock that's ready to run.
Carl Icahn: Anatomy of an "Activist"
During his 36 years in the stocks game, Carl Icahn has demonstrated a flair for pressuring CEOs into making big changes to the companies they run. Stock buybacks, dividend hikes, special payouts, spin-offs, and corporate restructurings… the recommended changes might vary from one "target" company to the next. But the results were generally the same: The target company's share price would zoom, creating a windfall for Icahn – and for the investors who have increasingly followed every move that he makes.
Icahn's newest target is eBay, the leader in online auctions. King Carl is trying to force eBay to spin off its highly valuable PayPal subsidiary. In some ways, it was a shrewd move: Icahn has recognized – as we have with you – that electronic payments (also known as a "digital wallet") is an emerging sector with a big upside.
This time around, Icahn's power play isn't working. He's met with intense resistance from a company.
For us, however, that doesn't matter. Icahn has focused a tremendous amount of investor attention on this new sector's huge potential upside. He just picked the wrong company.
We didn't make that mistake.
In fact, we've identified a digital-payments stock that's making all the right moves.
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.