3. Dell Depresses
Candidly speaking, the schadenfreude involved here has become quite saddening indeed. It's like these guys are cheering for Charlie Brown to miss the football simply to prove their point. Well guys, congratulations. You win. Your team sucks. Still, we were reminded this week that while Dell remains a loser, it is not unloved. Icahn and Dell shareholder Southeastern Asset Management have actually become more and more enamored with each passing week. Or less and less. To be honest, we're not sure based on their offers. You see, last week the pair said they want to keep Dell publicly traded and give shareholders $12 in cash for their troubles. Back in March, Icahn announced his plan to pay a special dividend of $9 per share if shareholders reject Michael Dell's buyout. After that idea received a lukewarm welcome, Carl offered to buy 58% of Dell stock for $15 per share. Yes, it's pretty confusing. And not just to us. Dell's board asked for specifics in a letter Monday. They want more information on financing, management ideas and strategy from Carl and his cohorts. That's a farce too. Carl and company have no plan to run Dell. They just want a higher price for a company that once changed the face of computer manufacturing. As for us, we just want to change the channel. This whole stupid saga is bringing us down.