Takeovers: Tough Target for T. Boone

Tough Target for T. Boone

Since October the hungriest shark in the corporate sea has been swimming gradually smaller circles around California's Unocal, the 14th largest U.S. oil company (1984 sales: $11.5 billion). Corporate Raider T. Boone Pickens started buying into the company's stock, insisting at first that he intended to make only a modest investment. Pickens confirmed last week that his appetite has grown. The Mesa Petroleum chairman announced that his investor group, which now holds 13.6% of Unocal, is seriously considering an effort to gain control of the company. Pickens' group last week asked Unocal to postpone its annual shareholders meeting, scheduled for April...

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