Updated from 11:01 a.m. EDT

A company can blame its poor financial performance on a slow economy, world politics -- even the weather. But an investor with a large economic position in the company can hold the company accountable by turning to shareholder activism as a way to increase shareholder value.

Despite the worst bear market since the 1930s, activist investors such as

Warren Buffett

, Bill Ackman of

Pershing Square Capital Management

and

Carl Icahn

by all accounts are still finding attractive valuations both on the long and short sided of the equity market.

At Stockpickr, we follow the

latest activist situations

for investors interested in piggybacking of these activist investors.

Stocks with recent activist activity include

Blockbuster

( BBI) and

Build-a-Bear Workshop

(BBW) - Get Report

.

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