Name Your Poison

As CBS plots its defense against Ted Turner, it will undoubtedly take a close look at a ploy that was set in motion last week by Unocal, which is trying to escape a take-over bid by T. Boone Pickens. A partnership led by Pickens, who is chairman of Texas-based Mesa Petroleum, has already bought 13% of Unocal, the twelfth largest U.S. oil company. The Pickens group is now seeking to acquire a majority of the company's stock by offering to purchase it at $54 a share. But Unocal has countered with a new variation of what Wall Street calls the poison-pill...

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