Kerkorian Sells Off 25% of His GM Stake In Exchange for MGM Mirage

Includes: GM, MGM
by: Jonathan Liss

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Kerkorian to reduce his stake in GM [LA Times]

Summary: kerkorianKirk Kerkorian's (pictured) Tracinda Corp. announced the sale of a quarter or its stake in General Motors - 14 million shares - sending shares lower by 4.7% Wednesday. The move would bring Kerkorian pre-tax profits of $38.6 million in addition to freeing up $423 million for other investments. Nearly simultaneously to announcing its GM sell-off, Kerkorian's Tracinda announced plans to acquire an additional 15 million more shares of MGM Mirage - upping its stake from 56% to nearly 62% - for an average price of $55 a share, or 12% over its price during the time of the announcement. Shares rose 10.6% as a result.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: General Motors (NYSE:GM), MGM Mirage (NYSE:MGM).

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