U.S. Hedge Fund Pressures Sony To Spin Off Entertainment Arm

Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb owns a 6.5 percent stake in the company. In the last 13 years, Sony's stock value has plummeted nearly 85 percent — struggling against electronic rivals like Apple and Samsung.

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NPR's business news starts with the possible breakup of Sony.

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INSKEEP: An American billionaire is pressuring Sony to split off its entertainment arm, responsible for blockbusters, like "Skyfall" and artists like Taylor Swift. He wants that to be split off from the electronics division, according to The New York Times. The hedge fund manager pushing for that change owns a six and a half percent stake in the company. And, that six and a half percent stake has not done very well. Over the last 13 years, Sony's stock value has gone down, plummeted almost 85 percent. Sony is struggling against electronic rivals like Apple and Samsung.

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