Break-up boom: How investors can win betting on the growing stock spinoff trend on Wall Street

Josephine Flood | CNBC

The scene is set on Wall Street for an increase in companies looking to break up their companies: Growth is expected to slow. Borrowing costs are on the rise. And activists are making their opinions heard.

By Goldman Sachs' count, U.S. companies announced 34 new spinoffs last year, with 17 deals making it to completion. Right now, more than 20 deals are in the pipeline — with several set to close in the coming weeks — and even more rumored to be on horizon.