Whale Watching: Icahn & Bristol Trade Barbs


ImClone Chairman Carl Icahn has refused a recent offer from Bristol Myers to take over the biotech firm for $62 a share.

In a letter Icahn called the offer absurd. He wrote “your hostile tender of $62 seems absurd...If you wish to make your attorneys wealthier, I can show you more productive ways to do so. Or, if you simply want publicity, I can also help you in that regard without your having to make unnecessary expenditures."

Icahn had said that he’s in contact with a mystery bidder who’s offered to buy the company for $70.

This is classic Carl, says Karen Finerman. I just love the rhetoric.

I think Icahn should be a little cautious, adds Pete Najarian. If the $70 bid walks away Bristol Myers will sit in the drivers seat and the stock appears to have a lot of down side. If you own this stock I’d buy some puts as protection.

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