Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Buys More Fortune Brands (FO) ~ market folly

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Buys More Fortune Brands (FO)

Bill Ackman's hedge fund firm Pershing Square Capital has taken advantage of the recent market sell-off to add to their position in Fortune Brands (FO).

Per a Form 4 filed with the SEC, Pershing acquired 3,648,512 additional shares at prices ranging from $52.67 to $54.47 on August 5th, 8th, and 9th.

After this series of buys, Pershing Square now owns 20,818,545 shares of Fortune Brands. The majority of their purchase came at $52.67 and $52.78 and FO now trades around $53.95. This is the second time Ackman has purchased FO in the past three months.

This is an activist investment for Pershing as they've pushed for Fortune to break-up its three distinct businesses: spirits/liquor, home finishes, and they've already sold their golf segment.

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